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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Alright, who is ready to create some text in Photoshop? Hope you are because that's what we are going to be doing. I have opened in front of me an image called pumpkinlight.psd and it's available to you in the 18th folder, folder #18 because after all we are inside the 18th Chapter. Now, when you open this image, there is an outside chance that you might get a message that says that the Text layers have to be updated before they can be used for vector-based output, battle of the yarn. And the reason you get that message is because Photoshop is constantly updating its text engine.
If you see that message or anything resembling it, just click the Update button, that simple. And we are going to add a little bit of text, we are going to start things off by adding some text to the bottom of the image. I am going to go ahead and press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode so that I have a little more room to move my image around. And you should see a couple of guidelines on screen, these cyan colored guides. If you don't see them, go up to the View menu, choose Show and choose Guides or you can press Ctrl or Command; that happens to be the keyboard shortcut for showing guides across most of the Adobe applications.
Let's make some text. First, I want you to grab the Type tool right here which is located just below the Pen tool here inside this single column toolbox. There is a bunch of Type tools. If you bring up the Flyout menu, you can see that you've got the Horizontal Type tool, plus a bunch of different Type tool variations. But the Horizontal Type tool turns out to be all you needed, actually it does everything the other tools do as well. But it is the tool we want to use. You can get to it by pressing the T key by the way and then go up to the Options bar located up here at the top of the Window.
And I want you to change a few of the settings so that we can establish new default settings that we will use to create our first line of type. For starters, go ahead and click on this down pointing arrowhead here in order to reveal the list of fonts that are available to your system, and you may or may not have available to you a font called Adobe Caslon Pro. It ships along with the full creative suite if you own all of the Creative Suite 3. If you bought Photoshop independently or if you're working with an advanced version of Photoshop CS3, then you may not have Adobe Caslon Pro, in which case, I recommend you use something like Times New Roman, it actually works pretty well for this exercise.
Anyway, I am going to switch to Caslon Pro. Regular is great, you might want to use a Roman font, what have you. You can totally go your own way too, you don't have to slavishly follow along with me if you don't want to. I am going to change the type size to 60 points. If you are using Times New Roman, something along the lines of 68 points works pretty nicely. And then, we are not too concerned about the anti-aliasing at this point, but something like Sharp is great, that is the default setting. We want flush left text, and instead of having it set to black, let's go ahead and set it to white.
And you can get to white by just clicking on this little Switch-a-Roo icon here or you can press the D key for default colors and then the X key in order to switch those guides around, because Photoshop always creates type, you can always change it if you want to, but Photoshop originally creates its type in the foreground color. Alright, so these are the settings I would like to use and you know what, if you feel like that they are the kind of settings you want to come back to later, you can save this out as a preset. Photoshop doesn't allow you to define style sheets the way some programs do but you can create presets that you can then reinstate when you are creating some new type.
So that will be useful for formatting new type, not existing types. Anyway, to save a preset, go ahead and click on this down pointing arrowhead that's right next to the T up here in the Options bar. Notice, there is a preset already made for horizontal type Myriad Roman 24 point, which were the default settings that I was looking at just a moment ago. But we will create our own preset by clicking on this little new item here and I will call mine Caslon Pro, I suppose and then something along the lines of 60 points, you know whatever.
And by the way, points is the typical measurement for type, it's a 70 second of an inch. Alright, anyway, I will go ahead and click OK in order to create that type, there it is, beautiful, wunderbar. Let's go ahead and hide that menu from view now and let's create the type. Go ahead and click any old place, you don't have to click right down here at the guideline, we will move it into position later. But for now, just click generally inside of the Window and then enter the type Fright Lights, like so. Now, I want to go ahead and make this type all caps, so I will press Ctrl+A on the PC here or Command+A on the Mac to select all of the type and I am now going to visit the Character palette.
Notice that a lot of the formatting attributes that you might want to apply to your type are listed here inside the Options bar, but not everything, not nearly everything as it turns out. To bring up the Character palette which has a lot more options, you can do one of a few things. For starters, you could click on this little icon right here in the Options bar which will bring up the Character palette as we are seeing right there. Or another way to work is to go to up to the Window menu and choose Character. And then finally, if you have some type active here inside of the Window the way that I do, you can press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac in order to bring up the Character palette.
Normally, if you don't have type active, by the way Ctrl+T gets you into the Free Transform mode. But Photoshop is smart enough to know the context of your request here. So it brings up the Character palette. And notice that we have some styling options available to us including this guy right there All Caps, and I want you to go ahead and apply All Caps. Another way to apply the All Caps function is to press Ctrl+Shift+K or Command+Shift+K incidentally. And that's it, that's all I want you to do. The advantage of applying All Caps by the way to the type after you selected is then it doesn't become a default setting the way the other settings did.
I want to now accept my type, and I am going to do that in one of two ways as well. You can either press the Enter key on the keypad, don't press the standard Enter key there that's just above the Shift key because that will wipe out your text, don't do it, I am not even going to show you because then I'd have to renter my text which is a big pain in the neck. So you can press the Enter key on the numerical keypad or if you prefer, you can press Ctl+Enter or Command+Return on the Mac in order to deactivate that text and accept your modifications.
You will now have a new layer of text here inside the Layers palette and this is editable text as indicated by this T thumbnail.
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