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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 we are going to switch from the topic of point text, which served us so well where this title is concerned down there. And we are going to switch over to area text, which means that the text exists inside of a container, specifically a frame, which allows the text to automatically wrap from one line to another making it perfect for one or more paragraphs of type as we will see. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Chief executive nephew.psd. Go over to the Layers palette and you will see this layer called Body copy, go ahead and Click on it to make it active, then bring up the eyeball to make it visible and then I'm going to zoom in on my text to the 100% view size right there. You can see that it's set in variation of Courier right here, pretty unspeakable one.
I am going to go ahead and switch to my Type tool so that I can access the Font option up here in the Options bar. Now I could switch over the Character palette if I wanted to, if I was using some other tool, but this seems like the way to go in terms of showing you what's going on here. And I'm also going to move this text over even farther so that we could see it and the Font pop-up menu at the same time right there. Now one of the great things about the Font pop-up menu, if Click on it, we see not only the list of fonts but also previews of what these fonts look like when they are applied to the word sample.
But they are pretty small and if you have a large monitor, you can make them even bigger. I'm going to go ahead and escape out of this menu here and then I'm going to up to the Edit menu, you Macintosh folks would go up to the Photoshop menu, drop down the Preferences, not so far down on the Mac and then choose the Type command and then notice this Font Preview Size option. You can turn off the Font Preview, if you want no preview whatsoever. You can make it small, which is really, really small, I see no reason to do that, or you can make it huge. Let's go huge people. Click on that and then Click OK.
Now check out just the largeness of huge. If I Click this down pointing arrowhead, wow, is this large? These are super-huge previews now and I can tell for example that Eras Bold ITC is going to look just plenty great. So I'll go ahead and Click on it to select it, for example. That's one way to work. As I say you are going to see different fonts on your system than I see on my system. So don't expect to necessarily see Eras. Another way to preview fonts in a more useful way, because you are going to be previewing the fonts actually on the text that you are working on, is to Click on the Font option and then press either the down arrow key to advance to the next font in the list or the up arrow key to the retreat to the previous font in the list.
It's a great way to work. So you can just sit there and arrow through every single font on your system to figure out which one is going to serve you the best. If you run into this kind of situation where it comes upon a font that just doesn't want to work with, like we are getting with Euro sign, you are going to have to skip it manually and Click on for example Felix Tilting and then continue moving through your list of fonts. Or as I mentioned earlier you can also type in the first few letters. I'm going to type in Ver, because I know I want to work with Verdana here and I want you to be working with that font as well and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that font to your text.
This text right there, What a Situation! , I want to make it bold. So I'm going to select this text right there, What a Situation! And we are going to change that to the Bold style and you could select the Bold style from the list. Look at those huge previews, from the list like so, or let me show you another way to work. You can press Ctrl+Shift+B as in Bold or Command+Shift+B on the Mac. What's great about that keyboard shortcut is it works even if there is no bold style. Then Photoshop will apply a full bold style, it will just thicken the letters up, which may look really good or it may look really bad, you never know. But it is an option and it's a top secret hidden option, because there is no icon associated with it, just the keyboard shortcut.
Now let's say you want to go Italic. Click and drag across the text like so and then you could select Italic from the Type style list up there. You can press Ctrl+Shift+I or Command+Shift+I on the Mac and again that works even if there is not Italic style. What Photoshop will do is apply a full Italic, which means it slants the text, something like 7-8 degrees. It usually looks actually pretty darn good.
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