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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.
In this exercise I'm going to show you how to create and format text along the bottom of a circle so that it exactly aligns with the text along the top of the circle. I have two documents opened in front of me. One is my progress document so far. It's called Top-of-circle text. psd. I just like to say progressed files for you good people, in case, you want to catch on up, and then I also have opened Space text.psd. Now, what we are going to do, we are going to grab some text, and we are going to paste it along the bottom of the circle. So let's do that first. Go over to Space text.psd and then go to the Layers palette, and then Double-Click on the T that's associated with the bottom layer right there except bottom line, that guy.
Double-Click on the T. That will switch you over to the Type tool, go ahead and select all that text. Then you go up to the Edit menu, choose the Copy command or you press Ctrl+C, Command+C on the Mac, but Tadah! Then I'm going to switch back to the Top-of-circle text.psd file and I'll go to the Paths palette, because we have to work with the Path. Now we could either work with our saved Circle path or the path that Photoshop went ahead and created, that's supporting the top line of text. The two circles are identical to each other, however, one is going to work for you and one isn't. So the one that's not going to work for you- I just want you to see this. You can't re-purpose paths.
So if you Click on this one right here, that already has type on it, and then you go to the Type tool, and then you Click down here on this bottom point, because after all we want to align the text to the bottom now, and you Click on that bottom point and then you were to press Ctrl+V or Command+V to paste the text. So you are just going to create some regular old point text and that's not going to do you any good, so press the Escape key in order to get rid of that new layer. Instead you want circles selected, so it's a good thing that we still have this circle path sitting around because that's the one that we need to work from. Now in order to see the point down here at the bottom, it's a good idea to do ahead and get that Black Arrow tool which Photoshop calls the Path Selection tool, Click in order to select that path outline, and then go back to the Type tool, Click on that point right there so that we have a point to align to.
Okay, now press Ctrl+V, Command+V on a Mac in order to paste that text. Now it comes in perfectly aligned with the text up above and you should have seen of course the text is going to come in down below here exactly aligned with the text up above, but it's not really very legible upside down like this. So then what in the world do we do? Well, you press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac so you can get that completely illegible cursor that you can't tell what's going within it, and then drag from the O for example here in the word Complete, assuming that it's down here at the bottom like it is for me. Drag that O up like that, you still have to have that Ctrl key down or the Command key down on the Mac and that will flip the text to the other side, so drag right up.
Look at the cursor, folks. Check it out, that's what it looks like. Don't drag it this high, because that creates problems but just drag straight up, just a little bit like so. Make sure the text is nice and aligned still but you haven't messed it up and then go ahead and release your mouse button and then release the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac. The text is still active, notice the blinking insertion mark right there. So we need to move the text down with respect to its baseline that is a wonderful, wonderful use for Baseline Shift, and I'm going to show you how that works in the next exercise.
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