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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.
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In this exercise I am going to introduce you to text on a path by which I mean text that follows the contours of a shape that follows the outline of a shape and we are going to be creating text along the top edge of a circle inside of this exercise. In the next exercise we will create some text along the bottom edge of the circle because as it turns out they require different approaches believe it or not. I am working inside of an image called spaceradio.psd. I would like you to open that one up and another image as well this image right here called spacetext.psd both available to you inside the 18 Text folder.
I am going to zoom in on this text since it's so very wide and so very dinky when we are seeing all of it. Basically what I want you to do is I want you to select the top line of type. If you bring up the Layers palette you will see that we have two lines of type, the top line and the bottom line they are both expressed on independent layers and in order to copy that text, in order to create text on a path incidentally you have to first create the text normally either as point text which is what these lines of type are or as area text. Then you need to copy the type using the Text tool and then you paste it on to the outline of the path.
Alright so anyway let's go ahead and copy this text first and we do that by double clicking on the little T icon here inside the layers palette in order to select all of that text. Then go up to the Edit menu and choose the copy command or you can just press Ctrl C or Command C on the Mac of course in order to copy that text to the clipboard. So far so good, go ahead and press the Escape key because we are done with that type and switch over, switch back that is to the spaceradio.psd image. Now let's go ahead and draw the path on which we want to paste the type which translates to hey gang it's time to draw a circle and in order to draw that circle I want you to grab the circle tool.
Now we are going to do this using the shape tool as it turns out so go down here to whatever occupant you see of this slot below the arrow tool here inside the single column toolbox. Go ahead and click and hold in order to bring up the flyout menu and then choose the Ellipse tool right here and the Ellipse tool allows you to draw circular shapes. Now we are going to talk about vector based shapes in the very next chapter but for now I will sort of just introduce you to the concept of drawing a circle which isn't very hard.
Now you can either draw the circle as an independent shape layer or as a path that is a path outline, a transparent path outline or as a bunch of pixels just fill the shape up with pixels. Well we want to go with paths this time around. You don't have to, you can also append text to a shape layer if you want but because we have got so many circles going on inside of this image already it's going to be easier if we work with a path. So go ahead and click on this middle icon up here inside the options bar in this first area of the options bar, make sure that your Ellipse tool is active as it is for me.
Now we need to see some guides on screen and I have got my guides turned off. Perhaps you are seeing your guides. I am going to go to the show menu, the show submenu here under the View menu and I am going to choose guides to turn them on or I could press Ctrl ; or Command ; on a Mac and then I am going to draw a circle from one grid intersection to another grid intersection and you can draw on any direction you want. I mentioned that I am left handed before so I tend to do things from left to right like so, so I am going to drag from the upper left intersection to the lower right intersection in order to create my path outline and that's all there is to it.
And the reason I am giving you these guides is just of course so that you and I are on the same page, you get exactly the results that I am getting. If you are drawing a circle in one of your own images you would probably press the Shift key in order to constrain the Ellipse to a circle. Alright so we are done with the guides. I am going to press Ctrl ; or Command ; on the Mac to hide those guides from view so that they are not cluttering up my view of my gorgeous image. And let's go ahead and zoom in on the gorgeous image itself here so that we can see it up close in personal. Alright so there is the path outline.
It just looks like sort of a grayish, whitish outline no fill, no stroke, no nothing going on here. Now let's check out where it resides. It doesn't reside inside the Layers palette. We didn't make a new layer and we didn't add a new channel, we added a new path so go to the Paths palette which by default is clustered with layers and channels but if you don't see it, go ahead and choose paths from the Window menu this guy right there and that will bring up the paths palette. Now I am going to right click underneath the work path item here in order to switch to large icons because they show up better in this video training that I am doing here.
Now notice that Photoshop has created a path and it's gone ahead and automatically named it Work Path and by right clicking down here I turn the path off. I have a little residual path going on its screen that's just a redraw problem. Let's go and click on that path to make it active again so that we can see it on screen and then double click on the path name in order to bring up the path renaming dialog box here so that you can save the path and let's just call it circle because that's what it is after all. Alright click OK. Now we want to go ahead and attach some text to this path so grab yourself the type tool and I want you to move your type cursor over the top of the path.
Notice that it switches. If you can see that type tool cursor, notice it switches from being a little iBeam with some dots around it either some circular dots which would indicate that if I clicked right now I would create text inside of the circle which is not what I want to do or if I move outside of the path outside the circle I would have a little rectangular dotted outline that shows me that it's ready to create a new rectangular area text block if I want or if I move it over the path notice that it gets a little wiggly thing through the middle of it. That's showing me that I am going to create text on a path.
It's little hard to see here on the screen because it's showing up kind of grayish but it's there on your screen, you should be able to see it. Then I want you to click. As soon as you see that special cursor I want you to click and then press Ctrl V or Command V on the Mac in order to paste that text around the path. Now the text started out as centered. Notice that it's set to center text here in the Options bar so Photoshop went ahead and centered it on the path outline as well so that it is fitting equally. I will go ahead and hide the paths palette so that it's not on screen so that's not blocking my view so that the text fits pretty equally between these two red Nocando Ghostbuster icons right here.
Now if you decide things are centered properly enough you can press the Ctrl key and drag inside of the type. This would be pressing and holding the Command key on the Mac and if you look very carefully this is very hard to see. If you look very carefully you will see that you see an I-beam with arrows next to it pointing in each direction and right now I have got my cursor hovered over the M in impart up here at the top of the screen. It's very important that you don't move your cursor too far down or you are going to get a different kind of cursor that's going to start editing the path outline or too far up in which case you are going to start rotating the path outline.
You want to move the text back and forth and notice as I do that I am moving the text, I am actually moving the text along the path. Alright but we want it to be exactly centered at the top there and I am just telling you about this trick in case you didn't get your text in the right place in the first place alright so you want it to be basically centered between these red Ghostbuster icons and that's it. You have created text on the path, congratulations. Go ahead and press the Enter key on the keypad remember the keypad or Ctrl Enter or Command Return in order to accept your new text on a path.
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