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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.
Now, some of you may wonder why we have waited until the advanced section of this one-on-one series to discuss anything about text whatsoever, and the reason is because most images don't require text. If you are a photographer for example, you are not going to be adding text to most of your photographs presumably, but you might add text to some of your photographs. Then again if you are creating design compositions inside of Photoshop, you may add text to all of your images. You may be using it on a regular basis and that's what we are going to be doing. We are going to create a print ad for a made-for-TV movie by a guy who has gone on to make made-for-TV movies.
The name of this document is TV movie ad.psd and right now we are looking at the background composition. If you want to see how that composition was put together, you go over to the Layers palette and you would twirl open this Background Composition group right there, and I'm going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on this eyeball, so we are seeing just as blurred background item and this is floor wood paneling that was made with the Motion Blur filter just by scrubbing back and forth. Then on top of that, we have got this guy, uncle Ted. He actually looks like he is behind this floor desk here, and Uncle Ted comes to us from the PhotoSpin image library. Then I have this layer here. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in; I'll show you our problem that we have with this image.
If you look closely at the jacket, you can see that it has this patterning of colors that shouldn't be there. It's a little optical effect that's happening between the pattern and the digital camera that was picking up this image. And if you do run into stuff like that inside of an image, you can correct it often times using a Channel Mixer adjustment layer, and I'll go ahead and turn that layer on and you can see how that just goes in and wipes out that problem. If you want to see what's going on with Channel Mixer, notice it's got a layer mask right there that's just masking out this guy's jacket. So I spent a fair amount of time masking out that jacket.
We will discuss masking of course in a future chapter to get a sense of how that works, but if you want to see what I did with the Channel Mixer, you can just go ahead and Double-Click on that adjustment layer thumbnail and you will see that I switched it to Monochrome and I just lifted the information from the Green Channel because it was in the best shape. Anyway, let's go ahead and collapse the Adjustments panel once again. I'm going to switch back to the Masks palette for a moment so that we can make the Layers palette a little thinner, so that we can see what's going on inside the image a little better, and I'm going to zoom out actually.
There is the nephew, he is the nephew in the story, and then I'm going to add the shadow in the background behind the nephew who has been reduced to the size of standing on his uncle's desk presumably. What we are going to do, the real point of this exercise is to establish some default formatting attributes here inside of Photoshop. So that way we were establishing the attributes before we create the text. Then I'll show you how to create some text and adjust the formatting attributes as well. So there is different ways to approach this. But what I want you to do is go over here to the Horizontal Type tool, notice that right there, and Click on it in order to make it active. Now you could Click and hold in order to bring up a fly-out menu. You have got a Vertical Type tool that's for the Asian markets and then you have these mask tools that create selection outlines in the shape of letters.
But it turns out that you can do all of that stuff with the Horizontal Type tool, the one and only type tool, 99% of the people hearing me need, and that's why it's the one with the keyboard shortcut T. So I'm going to go ahead and select that tool and then you will see these formatting attributes up here in the Options bar. What I want you to do, just to make sure that you and I are on the same page if you are following along with me, I want you to Click this down pointing arrowhead and I want you to choose this preset right there by Clicking on it in order to change the formatting attributes to the default settings which are Myriad Pro for the font, Regular for the style, 24 point for the size, and so on, and so on.
That's all I want you to do for now just so that we have got the Type tool selected, we have the default formatting attributes active up here in the Options bar. What we are going to do in the next exercise is we are going to change these formatting attributes and we are going to create our own tool preset that will serve as a kind of poor man style-sheet. You will see what I mean if you stay tuned.
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