Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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Creating and styling a placeholder style


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Video: Creating and styling a placeholder style

In this movie, I'll show you how to build a style from scratch, and apply it to some place-holder text. And one more note about the last movie. In addition to not being able to undo the creation of a style, or the redefinition of a style, you cannot undo the deletion of a style. So, after I got done putting my document back together. I had to recreate this style as well. So what I'm going to do now is press the T key to return to the type tool. And I'm going to click on the in the air layer for a moment just to establish that see go script at 50 points is my default font.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Creating and styling a placeholder style

In this movie, I'll show you how to build a style from scratch, and apply it to some place-holder text. And one more note about the last movie. In addition to not being able to undo the creation of a style, or the redefinition of a style, you cannot undo the deletion of a style. So, after I got done putting my document back together. I had to recreate this style as well. So what I'm going to do now is press the T key to return to the type tool. And I'm going to click on the in the air layer for a moment just to establish that see go script at 50 points is my default font.

Then I'll switch back to the background layer, because that's the kind of thing that happens. I don't really want it to be, but that's the kind of stuff that happens routinely in Photoshop. And I want to create a new paragraph by dragging. But if I start dragging here, I'm going to select some text. So I'll go ahead and press the Escape key in order to undo that change. And then click on the background layer again. Notice the difference in the appearance of the cursor here. When Photoshop is ready for you to create a new text layer. The cursor has a dotted box around it. When Photoshop thinks you're going to select an existing text layer then you just see the I-beam.

If you want to be able to start dragging right here and create a new layer, here's what you do. You press and hold the Shift key and then begin dragging like so. However, you've gotta release the shift key after you start dragging otherwise you'll be locked into a square. Anyway I'm going to create a frame that descends into the grass here and then I'll go up into the type menu and use this command paste lorm ipson. And we will have this ginormous text which for some reason is showing up as black for me. It may show up as red for you.

And this is obviously not what I want at all. In CS5 and earlier, you might have been tempted just to hit the Escape key and start over again, and reset your formatting attributes before you create a new layer. However, now that we have paragraph styles, there's an easier way to work. So I'll go ahead and press the enter key, on the numeric keypad, in order to accept that text, flawed as it is. And then I'll switch to my background image in order to switch away from the text. I'll go to the Paragraph Styles panel, and I'll click on the little page icon to create a new style. And then I'll double click on paragraph style 1 in order to open the dialog box.

Let's go ahead and call this style body copy right from the beginning here. And then I'm going to set a few attributes. First of all, I'm going to change the font family. And you have to do this manually by the way. You can't just type in a few characters or use the up and down arrow keys. And I'm going to switch things out to Adobe Caslon Pro, which does ship along with the Creative Suite, and is alphabetized by Caslon, not Adobe. And next I'm going to change the type size to let's say, 8 points, and I'm going to change the leading value to 9 points, and metrics is fine for the kerning.

I do want the text to be black. I'm now going to switch to indents and spacing. And as opposed to beginning each paragraph with an indent. I'm going to begin it with, let's say, 6 points of before spacing. So I'll just type 6, and press the tab key. And that's really all the settings I need to change. So I'll go ahead and click okay in order to create that redefined style. Now let's apply it to the place holder text by clicking on the bottom most text layer. And, I'll go ahead and click on body copy to make it active. And it's telling me that I've got some local overrides, even though everything looks great, but it's always a good idea to click that clear override button if you see the plus sign.

All right now at this point I want to edit the text a little. I do not care if this is Photoshop's version of lorem ipsum. I'll go ahead and get rid of that and then I'll introduce some carriage returns here like so and you can put them anywhere you want this is after all just placeholder text. And then finally after I think yeah that's enough text then I'll just select the rest by quadruple clicking on it. And press the backspace key or the delete key on the mac to get rid of it. And then I'll press the enter key on the numeric keypad in order to leave the text entry mode.

Alright, now I'm going to press command shift down arrow a couple of times in order to nudge this text down like so. Might take it even a little further to about right there. And now let's say, you know, I'm thinking some more about this, and there's some further modifications that I want to make. And so, I think this time I'll apply my changes directly to the text. So I'm going to go ahead and quadruple click in one of these paragraphs here, and I'll bring up my character panel by pressing Ctrl+t, or Cmd+t on the Mac, and you know what? I think the lighting value wants to be more like 9.5.

We're working with pretty small type, so I can't take advantage of that keyboard shortcut. So I'll just go ahead and enter the value here. And then, I'll switch to the Paragraph panel, which gives me access to the Paragraph-level formatting attributes. And I'll click on this guy right there, Add space to paragraph, to select that 6 point value. And I'll change it to, let's say, 4 point. Now that value isn't going to make any difference to this top paragraph, because the space appears before it, but it'll make a difference to the definition of our paragraph style as soon as we bring up the paragraph styles panel. And then this time, different way of working, you can click on the flyout menu icon and choose the redefine style command, and that's going to go ahead and update all three paragraphs of text.

Now one last thing I want to mention. I'm sure some of you are wondering, well how do I share styles with other people? Well notice here, if I click on the flyer menu icon again there's this command, load paragraph styles. And if you choose it, then you'll see that you can open the styles included in any native PSD document. So just go ahead and click on something like formatted teaser if you have access to my files. And click on the load button, and you'll go ahead, and load two paragraph styles, Teaser head, and teaser copy, from the first movie.

Then go ahead and click OK. So that's how you create a paragraph style from scratch. Import and use placeholder text as well as load styles from another PSD document here inside Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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