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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
In this exercise I'm going to create area type and I'm working inside Chief executive nephew.psd. I have made a few modifications to my text as you may recall from the previous exercise. Now notice that this text layer is called Body copy. I renamed it manually. It was initially called What a Situation! Ever wonder and just drifting off. So Photoshop just goes in and uses the first few words to the best of its ability, fills up the Layers palette over here and then gives you an ellipses and so on. But that said how do we create area text inside of Photoshop? Well, I'm going to go ahead and accept my modification so far by pressing the Enter key on the keypad so that I don't end up ruining all my hard work so far.
Then notice that my cursor changes back to an I-beam and let's go ahead and just switch to different part of the image composition so that I have room to create a new text block. As long as you see that I-beam surrounded by the dotted square right there, you can create a new text layer. If the dotted frame disappears and that means you are going to edit an existing text layer which is what I do if I started dragging inside of this area. Go ahead and escape out of that by pressing the Escape key of course. However, if I can see that dotted square, then I can either Click to create a new layer point text or I can drag to create a new layer of area text and then I would go ahead and type in whatever characters that I want to work here with.
Press the Enter key on the keypad, you would see that Photoshop does go ahead and rename my text. There is a bunch of gibberish that I entered here. I don't want that. I am going to press the Backspace or Delete key to get rid of that garbage. Let's go back over here for a moment. Because I want to show you that's pretty obvious to anybody who has created area text in any of the other Adobe applications. You knew that stuff. Here is what you don't know. This is really great thing to know. I'm going to drag over the letters the hard way once again like so. Notice that if I move my cursor out of the text, I get this Move cursor and when I need to drag out here, it moves my text block which is seriously odd, because remember how it's telling you, you have one level of undo. We'll go, try to use it. No. For whatever reason Photoshop goes ahead and ignores the fact that you dragged your text block to a different location, so it's not undoable at all. So you would have to drag it back to where it was or you can just press the Escape key to say, hey, I didn't want that. Of course, you would only press the Escape key if you were editing the text as oppose to creating the text in the first place, because that will just get rid of your text if you press Escape.
Anyway, I'm going to drag over these characters again. My point was we are seeing this Move cursor. Don't take advantage of it, it's a nutty option. Let's say you want to create some new area text as you're working in some old area text. You don't want to have to accept your modifications and then create a new text block; you just want to do it on the fly. Then you press and hold the Shift key. Having the Shift key down, notice it restores the I-beam with a dotted square and then you can go ahead drag in order to create a new layer of area text. Or I could have Clicked to create a new layer of point text and then type away and so on.
Anyway, I'm going to escape out of that, because I don't want to do that. But I just felt like I had to tell you how to create area text in the first place. In the next exercise we are going to resize the text frame and you have not lived until you have experienced text frame resizing inside of Photoshop.
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