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Filtering live, editable text

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Another advantage to Smart Filters is that you can apply them to editable text and vector-based shape layers as well. So I'm working here inside Mirror man.psd. It's another variation on that low resolution composition that we saw back in the previous chapter. The original image comes to us from Olly of the Fotolia Image Library, took the right half of the guy's face and flipped it, so he's absolutely symmetrical and a bit menacing as well. So notice that we have these Text layers and this Shape layer. Go ahead and select one of the Text layers and then go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and choose Gaussian Blur; really any old filter will do at this point.

Filtering live, editable text

Another advantage to Smart Filters is that you can apply them to editable text and vector-based shape layers as well. So I'm working here inside Mirror man.psd. It's another variation on that low resolution composition that we saw back in the previous chapter. The original image comes to us from Olly of the Fotolia Image Library, took the right half of the guy's face and flipped it, so he's absolutely symmetrical and a bit menacing as well. So notice that we have these Text layers and this Shape layer. Go ahead and select one of the Text layers and then go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and choose Gaussian Blur; really any old filter will do at this point.

You'll get an alert message that says, hey, if you want to apply a filter, which is only applicable, by the way, to a pixel-based image layer, then you're going to have to rasterize this text, meaning convert it to pixels, is that something you want to do? And the answer is of course not, Cancel out. What you've got to do is first convert your text to a Smart Object. So I'm going to click on one of the Text layers, Shift+click on the other. We're not going to integrate the Shape layer into this. by the way. We're going to apply some different effects to the Shape layer. So just go ahead and grab the two Text layers.

Go up to the Layers panel flyout menu and choose Convert to Smart Object, or if you loaded dekeKeys, press Ctrl+Comma, Cmd +Comma on the Mac, and we now have a Smart Object. Now, go up to the Filter menu. There are a handful of different filters you can apply to text and have them take any effect. I mean, bear in mind that what we have here is a couple of Text layers that are completely filled with white. So there is no Color or Luminance variation going on, so there's not much for the filters to work with, unless they're Edge Detection Filters, things like your Gaussian Blur and your Unsharp Mask and so on.

For example, two really great filters where text is concerned are these guys down here. Under the Other submenu, we've got Minimum and Maximum. Maximum is going to choke your text, so it's going to make your text thinner, where Minimum is going to spread your text, it's going to make your text thicker. Now, I know that sounds exactly the opposite of what you would expect. If you're applying Minimum to the text, how does that make it bigger? What's going on there? Well, Maximum is increasing the size of the transparency mask, so the mask is actually the transparent area, is actually squeezing the text inward, whereas Minimum is reducing the size of the transparency mask, so in other words, it's growing the opaque area.

That's what we want in our case. I want to thicken up these letters a little, so that I'm bringing in thicker Serifs and so on, because this is a pretty fragile typeface, Trajan, here. So I'll go ahead and choose Minimum, or if you loaded dekeKeys, you can press Shift+F12. You can change this Radius value in whole number increments. Notice as I increase the Radius, that that text grows thicker and thicker and thicker. Anyway, we don't want to go too thick with it. A 1 pixel Radius is just fine for this low resolution image here. If you're working in a higher resolution image, then you could go with a higher Radius value.

Just bear in mind, whole pixel increments is all you've got. All right, click OK in order to accept that change. Now go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and choose Gaussian Blur, Shift+F7 if you loaded dekeKeys. Again, I'm going to go with a 1 pixel Radius, so just a little bit of Blur. Click OK. I want the text to exclusively Blur outward. I'm basically trying to change the shape of the letters ever so slightly one filter at a time, but I want to make sure to scoot the Blur out. So I'm going to double-click on the Settings icon to the right of Gaussian Blur in the Layers panel, and I'm going to switch the mode from Normal to Screen.

Because I'm working with Light Text, that will move the Blur outward. Sure enough, you'll see the size of the letters grow ever so slightly, sort of an infinitesimal change, but it does matter. It's about a half a pixel difference onscreen. Click OK in order to apply that modification. Now, again, Gaussian Blur is very much like an Outer Glow Effect at this point. This is pretty similar to what you'd get if you applied a 1 pixel Outer Glow to your text. So you may wonder why in the world you would do it. I mean, applying an Outer Glow would be so much easier, you wouldn't need a Smart Object which requires you to double-click on the thumbnail if you want to edit your type, what a hassle.

And admittedly, that's all true, but what we're doing, again, we're trying to change the shape of the letters a little bit at a time to get a specific effect. Meanwhile, I don't need this Filter Mask, so I'm going to get rid of it, because our Layers panel is going to grow pretty crowded over time here. So I'm going to right-click on that Filter Mask thumbnail and I'm going to choose Delete Filter Mask in order to get rid of it. All right, next what we're going to do here is we're going to up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and choose Motion Blur. Now, Motion Blur is an entirely different kind of Blur than you can achieve using a layer Effect.

There is no Motion layer Effect. There is no Radial or Zoom layer Effect and so on. So I'll choose Motion Blur. These are the settings I'm going to apply; an Angle value of 0 degrees and a Distance of a 100 pixels. That turns our text into basically like a transporter beam or something like that. It's entirely illegible at this point. That's fine. Click OK. We can bring the legibility back by applying a Blend mode. So go over to the Settings icon. Double-click on it.

I want you to switch the mode from Normal to Screen, so we end up getting this effect here. It's pretty nifty. Now, I'll click OK. Then finally, I'm going to go up. This one is weird by the way. The next step may sort of misbehave on you. I have a feeling it's a little bit buggy, but I'll show you a way to exploit the bug in a good way. Go up to the Filter menu, choose Stylize, and choose Find Edges. Now, what Find Edges does is it looks for areas of rapid Luminance transition, which there are none.

We don't have any areas of Luminance transition. Everything is white inside of these letters. It goes ahead and traces those areas with black is the idea. Well, it also has the habit of tracing real edges around the layers with black, and then it also has a habit of misbehaving in that department. So let's see what it does. I'll go ahead and choose Find Edges. With any luck, you should see these very skinny black outlines around your text. But now, check this out, I'm going to go ahead and double-click, let's say, on the Settings icon associated with Motion Blur.

Go ahead and double-click on that. Photoshop is going to say, hey, you know what, you're only going to see Motion Blur down here. You're not going to see the effects of Find Edges or anything higher as long as you're modifying these settings. I don't want to see this message anymore. I'm kind of sick of it by now. So I'm going to say, Don't show again, and I'll click OK. Then sure enough, Find Edges disappears from view. I'm just going to Cancel out for a moment and see if it changes. Well, it didn't change that time. Let's try something else. This time I'm going to double- click on the words Motion Blur.

It made Find Edges disappear. I'm seeing now the Motion Blur dialog box. Fair enough, I'm not going to make any changes again. I'm just going to click OK this time and see what happens. Notice that the Find Edges Filter just changed on me. It went ahead and gave me thicker edges this time around. But it gets more remarkable still. Now, there is some weird relationship between Find Edges and Motion Blur, because notice, if I turn off Motion Blur for a second, then we get much skinnier edges out of Find Edges this time around. Those edges grow much thinner. So I'm going to turn Motion Blur back on and they grow thicker again, good.

What if I don't want these weird motion trails between the letters? They look kind of cool, but after a while I'm deciding that's not really the look I'm going for, but I want to keep those thick edges. Well, check this out. Go over to the slider icons here, for Motion Blur specifically, double-click on them. Find Edges will disappear for a second. Change the Opacity value to 0, so that we're not seeing the effect anymore. Click OK. Now we're seeing these thin edges again. Let's go back to Motion Blur. Double-click on the words Motion Blur.

Don't do anything inside this dialog box. Click OK. Now we get our thick edges back. What in the world is going on here? I have no idea. But there is, A, a weird relationship between these two filters; Find Edges and Motion Blur, where text in particular is concerned, and B, it's pretty buggy. So if you need to reset how Find Edges is working, my experience is you double-click on Motion Blur, behind it, the words Motion Blur that is, to bring up the Motion Blur dialog box.

Ignore it, don't do anything, just click Cancel, and things should get fixed. Another thing you can try is double-click on that Settings icon associated with Find Edges. That sometimes works for me too. Then don't do anything here either. Just click Cancel and that might fix the problem too if you're running into it. Anyway, this is what you should ultimately get, this freak of nature type here, I'm not sure why it's happening, but it is a unique effect, in that you're not going to get this kind of specific tracing out of any of the layer Effects. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to dress up these filtered effects using reasonably behaved layer Effects here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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