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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
In this tutorial were going to look at editing text that you've already created. And first thing I should mention is if your following around with this exercise file, you'll probably get a warning that you don't have this font or something to that effect. And it's fine you can just create your own text if, if it's not working for you. The point is that I have text here, and this is just point text, and then this is text box text so if I double-click this, the power is within you text, you can see what's going on here, and actually this is what I want to do. If I double-clicked the thumbnail here, the little t icon, so it selected all of my text.
And now, let's talk about some more editing things that we can do with our texts. The first thing I want to do is change the alignment right now it's all left aligned and want I want to do is center align this. So up at the top in the Options bar, I'm going to click this button here to center this, that's exactly what I was looking for and we can further adjust our text by clicking this button which opens the Character and Paragraph panels. The Paragraph panel, I don't use it that often but if you have a bunch of text like paragraphs of text and you want to adjust those you can go to the Paragraph panel.
If you want more alignment options If you wanted to justify the lines for example, then you can choose these in the Paragraph panel, most of the time I'm adjusting the Character panel. And with the Character panel we can adjust some basic things, like we could up in the options bar, we can adjust the text and things like that. But we can also adjust what's called the lettings and that's the space in between each line of text. By default it says the auto but we might want to change this to something different. And again I could click on this icon right here and scrub to adjust the lines of space in between each line of text there.
And I could also adjust the tracking which adjusts the space inbetween all the letters on the line, I could also adjust the kerning. This is a little bit more advanced but this basically adjust the space between two characters. See for example the space between the v and the a, it kind of sticks out a little bit just because of the natural shape of the v and the a. So if I wanted to I could click in between the v and the a, and then adjust the metrics for kerning, for example.
Just of those two characters, just a little bit. It's very subtle, so again if you're not really into typography, that might not be of much value to you, but there it is and there is also a vertical rescaling of the text so I can squash it if I wanted to do that. Actually I'm going to undo that with Cmd + Z or CTRL + Z on the PC or we could horizontally stretch it as well. There's also a few different type styles so we could add like a fake bold effect or fake italics or all caps if we want to.
Just going to go ahead and close that for now by clicking the little collapse arrows. Another thing we can do is just click and drag just like we would in Microsoft Word, or any other text editing program to select individual characters or in this case an entire word separately. And then when we make any changes, it's only going to affect what is selected. So I'm going to go to my color swatch, and click the Eyedropper tool on innovate to choose the same blue, and then we are basically recalling, I'll just go ahead and accept that text, we are recalling this blue innovate with this blue innovate.
So that's crafty apparently. I don't know. People do that sometimes. (LAUGH) So if you want to do an effect like that, that's how you do it. Now let me show you something else here that's really importnat. I'm going to go back to my Type tool, which again, the keyboard shortcut for that is the letter T. But notice the icon. I can have little arrow with a text curser and a little box around it. This icon indicates that I'm going to create new text. So if I were to click right here, I would be creating new text. Now watch what happens when my curser moves towards existing text, it changes. The little arrow and the little marqe go away.
So this icon means I'm going to created new text. This icon means that I'm going to adjust text that I've already created. So, if I were to click here with the Type tool, it would open up that text area that it was over, and edit that. I'll just hit Esc here. Same thing with "innovate." If I put my cursor in between these, if I click here. Right there I'm going to be making new text, but go up just a little bit and I click and I"m going to be adjusting this innovate text. So, go ahead and escape out of that as well.
So just be careful because that could drive you mad if you want to adjust text or create new text and it's giving you the opposite results of what you're expecting that is why. So, one of the things that I want to do is double-click the thumbnail for innovate to select all this text, and I want to give you a couple of other little teasers of things that you can do with text to adjust it. And both of these little tips are beyond the scope of this course and espesially this movie. I just want you to be aware that you can, kind of play around with them a little bit.
So I'm going to click here. This is the warp text icon, it's a little t with a little hill underneath, it looks like. So I click this and by default, the style is set to None and I'm going to change this to Arc, for example and this allows us to arc our text. Now, for a smaller document like this, these changes initially seem ridiculously overdone but PhotoShop is just kind of, basically trying to show you an extreme so you could tell what it's doing. I'll take this bend down to something a little bit more palatable like 15 or so. Now you could see that we have a nice little arc there. We could also add some horizontal distortion to this if we're making something kind of comic booky, we could also add some vertical distortion, go the opposite direction there.
But this is basically just to kind of play with your text, give it a little bit more life. I could bend the other way if I want to, and I could change the style from arc to something like flag. And so you can see that the shape of the box here, that it kind of waves this text and if we had a paragraph here it would be even more obvious what's happening. We could do a fish eye, so anyways a lot of different types of adjustments here. I'm just going to go ahead and cancel that but just be aware that that is there.
Another thing we can do and this only works if you have the extended version of Photoshop. So there are two versions, there's the regular version of Photoshop, Photoshop extended. And if you have extended then you have access to 3D features. So I can click this little 3D button here, and wait for it, and now we have three dimensional text. That's what all this, you know, garbage is. It might ask you if you want so switch work spaces, you can just go ahead and say OK to that. As I move this around you see that we now have three dimensional text. I could click this icon for the light, and then click this to move the light around, you see what it's doing to my text here and I can go back and forth between moving my light.
Just click on that to get rid of it and then moving my text again. Go back to my Layers panel, and click anywhere in this blank area to deselect that layer, and now we can see our text is three dimensional, and it doesn't look that good, actually. Let me zoom in here using a spacebar and Cmd, or spacebar and CTRL on the PC and is actually 200%, 100%. Okay, so you can see that the regular text looks fine, but the 3D text looks terrible, this is because that needs to be rendered.
So if you go to the 3D menu, actually I need to select the 3D layer, and then go to the 3D menu at the top and then choose render, then it will take a few minutes, but then it will smooth out that text and look better for you. So there's a lot of power here in 3D again, we could spend hours talking about the 3D capabilities in Photoshop, they're pretty impressive. But just a couple ideas to be aware of warping and adding three dimensions. So when you're editing text whether it's paragraphs of text, or whether you're trying to create different colors for a special effect or whether you're trying to do something much bigger and more stylized with warping or with 3D, Photoshop has great tools for that.
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