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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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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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In this exercise, I am going to pass along a few random but very important notes about editing text inside Photoshop. First of all when you see that T thumbnail inside the Layers palette that tells you that you are working with editable type and it's also based on the original vector data. So even though it's pixel based information, if you go ahead and zoom in on this text, you will see bigger and bigger pixels after you zoom past a 100%, so it's not all nice and smooth and zoomable the way it is inside of say Adobe Illustrator or another vector program but you can scale this type if you want to and it will re-render out at a new resolution.
You can scale your image and the text will re-render as well always based on that original vector data that's included with the font file, that's included inside the font definition. And very few people know about this, but if you have a PostScript based printer and you know it if you got it then you can print directly from Photoshop and your type will render out at the full resolution of the printer. Isn't that amazing? So it will render out at a high resolution then you see it here on screen. Anyway I am going to go ahead and zoom back out to the 50% view size where I can see all of my images here.
Now you can edit your type either by selecting it with the Type Tool like so and then any edit you apply, any formatting adjustments you apply will just affect those letters. Of course you can also replace those letters now if you want to. Of course I don't. I have made a mess in my text, so I am going to press the Esc key in order to deactivate my text and restore it to its original appearance. You also have one level of undo while you are working with text. The other way that you can modify your text is to just select the entire Type layer like I have it selected here, so in this case the layer is active but the text inside of the layer is not active.
But I can still modify that type if I want to, for example I could change the Type size, I could say I don't want it to be 60 points, I want it to be 120 points then you press the Enter key and Photoshop goes ahead and updates that Type, nice smooth outlines notice that. You can also scale the Type into free transform mode, go ahead and scale it or rotate it or what have you do whatever you want to at this point. And again if you scale the Type it's going to always look smooth. Alright I am going to Esc out of there though I don't want to have some big scale type.
Now if the Type Tool is active, you will see a bunch of formatting attributes up here inside of the Options bars. If not, you can still adjust the formatting attributes that are associated with the Type, for example I have gone ahead and switched to the Marquee tool so that my formatting attributes are no longer listed inside the options bar, but if I bring up my Character palette, which I can get by choosing the Character command from the window menu of course. Then I can adjust any settings and expect them to apply to the Current layer, to the active Type layer.
So long of course as a Type layer is active, otherwise you modify the default settings. For example let's say I want to get rid of the All Caps, I would just turn off the All Cap option, but bear in mind your keyboard shortcuts only work if the text is active that is some portion of the text block is active with the Type tool. So if you are just working with an entire Type layer the way that I am and you press the keyboard shortcut that is normally associated with All Caps, which is Ctrl+Shift+K or Command-Shift-K on the Mac because the context of your keyboard shortcut is different this time, you don't have the text selected in other words.
You will bring up the Color Settings dialog box in this case because Ctrl+Shift+K gets you color settings. Alright so I am going to cancel out of there just something to know, so don't expect to be able to use the keyboard shortcuts to modify your text, when you are modifying the entire text layer, but do expect to be able to format the text using these character and paragraph options. I am going to restore my text to the way it looks before. I am going to turn All Caps back on and I am going to change the Type size back to 60 points here and I also want to move my text into place.
I am going to move it down here so that it snaps into alignment with these guidelines and of course as I mentioned before you want make sure you are seeing the guidelines on screen, which you can do by going to the View menu, choosing Show and then choosing Guides. Make sure that's got a check mark in front of it, if you are not seeing the guides otherwise you know that it's got a check mark in front of it. Alright now let's Ctrl+Drag so go ahead and press the Ctrl key and drag that text into place. Now inside the beta version of Photoshop that I am using, snapping is a little bit buggy at the moment, so I am not snapping to the guides the way that I want to.
If you are using the full released version of Photoshop, you should see a nice snap going on and you will know that you are snapping the text into place because you will see the snap happen. You also feel it a little bit actually so it turns out and you will see a white cursor on screen, your arrow head cursor will change from black to white. Anyway I am just going to move it. I am just going to eyeball it, move it in a place, there it's not really necessary that you snap it in a place. And by the way that Ctrl+Drag trick works when the Type tool is active as well because you can always get to that Move tool, by pressing the Ctrl+key here on the PC or the Command key on the Mac.
Now finally I want to change the color of my text and I am going to do that. I would like you to do this as well by going to the Layers palette and turning on the Style Holder layer. I have got this little pumpkin, if you turn it on, this little pumpkin guy that's holding some characteristics, some attributes that we are going to use to format our Type later, but for now he has got a special color going on that I would like you to use. Let's go ahead and lift that color, make it the foreground color by grabbing the Eyedropper tool which you can also get by pressing the Eye key and then clicking inside the pumpkin like so.
Clicking inside this little Style Holder pumpkin that is little cartoon pumpkin and now notice that changes the foreground color. If I had some text activated with a Type tool, the foreground color would affect that active type but in my case I don't have any text active, I just have the Type layer active, so I am going to have to force the type to be filled with a new foreground color by pressing Alt+Backspace or Option-Delete on the Mac which always fills a selection or a layer with the foreground color which in this case is this brownish color.
Alright groovy now if you want to you can put the Style Holder layer away i.e. you can hide it. We have managed to edit this type very easily as it turns out by moving it into a different position and re-coloring it. We also saw ways to scale the type and you don't make any formatting modifications that you want. In the next exercise, we are going to get our first look at a different kind of type which is known as Area Text.
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