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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.
All right, the next step is to work on the title as intimated by the name of this catch-up document, Now for the title.psd. Now the publisher is delighted that we've made the author's name so legible down here at the bottom of the book cover. And they want us to do something similar with the title of the book. But they've told us we can have fun with it. We can make the letters interact with the screen and the background if we want to, just so long as you can read the book cover across the busy airport or a busy mall or what have you. So there is nice point of purchase opportunities there as they say in the biz.
All right, anyway, I've gone ahead and made sure that the end of the road text layer is active, as witnessed by the fact that we're seeing the T here inside the thumbnail. What I want do is I want the letters to invert everything in back of them. I just think that will have a nice feel and it will, as you'll see. The problem is that you can't fill text with an adjustment layer, but you can convert text to path outlines and go that route if you want to and fill the path outlines with an adjustment layer. So here is what we're going to do. I'm going to go ahead and pop this end of the road layer to the top of the stack by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Right Bracket or Command+Shift +Right Bracket on the Mac or you can just drag it to the top of the stack if you'd prefer.
Then I'm going to go up to the Layer menu, I'm going to choose Type and I'm going to choose this guy right there, Create Work Paths, which is going to make a path version of that type. If we go over to the Paths palette here, actually let's hide the Type first, as we don't need it right now anymore. But it's just a good idea, by the way, to keep that Type around because what if you have to edit it in the future, what if the book name changes or something, you don't want to lose your Type treatment. So, just go ahead and turn it off though, also might as well click on the Color spin layer right there in order to make it active. Then go over to the Paths palette and you'll see that we have a new Work Path. Just to make sure that we don't lose these paths, because Work Paths are temporary, they can be replaced by other palettes very easily -- so to make sure that we don't lose these, double-click on this Work Path item here inside the Paths palette and then call these Title paths or something along those lines and click OK.
Now we can go back to the Layers palette and I want to make a new invert adjustment layer, right above Color spin, so Color spin is active. I'm going to press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac, click on the Black/White icon and choose the Invert command. I'll get the New Layer dialog box and I'll call this Title invert, like so, and then I'll click OK in order to create that New Layer. Now there is no reason for us to see the Adjustments palette, which has just popped up on screen. So go ahead and collapse that palette and you can see we now have an Invert layer that is masked by my path outline. So this is actually technically a vector-based shape layer, something that we'll discuss in a chapter in the final portion of this series.
But for now, all that counts is that we do have letters that are inverting everything below them. Now the problem, of course, is if I click on this vector mask thumbnail, as you can see here, if I click on it, then my path outlines will disappear on screen, which is perfectly OK because they will not print. Those path outlines are just there for screen purposes, so you can see what's going on and they appear when you hover over this thumbnail as well. Now as soon as I move away, they go away. All right, so we have a real legibility problem though. So this is going to print the way we're seeing it right here. These letters are cool, but they don't stand out worth being, so nobody is going to be able to read the name of this book. So we need to apply a few more modifications and modify this title, we will, starting in the next exercise.
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