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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
My oh my, look at that text, yummy enough to inspire me to create another line of text down here along the bottom edge of the circle. Now notice at this point I am seeing not only my text but also the circular path around which the text is wrapped and to give you a sense of what's going on here go ahead and click in the Layers palette. You can see that there is a layer called "everyone has the right" blah-blah-blah and that's actually the text, there is no indication that this is somehow special text that's wrapped around the circle, notice that, it's just a standard text layer.
If you want to see what's going on with the path you have to go to the paths palette and you should see another path a second circular path here that has the Italic name that matches the text layer and those Italic letters just mean that Photoshop is in charge of this item inside the paths palette. So you can just leave it alone but you can turn off that path outline if you want to, you can click off of it in order to make it invisible on screen. Now you may see a little bit of residue there that's because Photoshop is having problems redrawing the screen; to force a redraw at anytime inside Photoshop, you just have to zoom out and then zoom back in and that screen will be refreshed and all the bad stuff will go away.
But what I am trying to demonstrate to you really is that you can turn the path outline off, you can hide it from view and that the path outline is not something that prints by the way it's not a printable object inside of the image, it's just a guide. So anyway let's get rid of that guide though, let's just get it off screen here for the moment so it doesn't clutter up our next operation because I want to add another line of type along the bottom of the circle and I don't want it to get appended to the same circle or even run that risk, might as well keep things as tidy and as problem proof as possible here.
So I am going to go ahead and turn off that top layer and I am going to switch to the radio-free space layer so that the next layer that I create will be sandwiched in between these two. Notice now inside the paths palette that Italic path went away, that Italic named path that is went away because its layer went away as well so it's not gone for good it's just that the layer is hidden from view. Click on the circle item in order to bring that path back up on screen in order to make it visible and active. Now let's switch over by pressing Ctrl Tab.
Let's switch back to the spacetext.psd document, go to the Layers palette and notice that we have a second line of type that's called Accept Bottom Line. Go ahead and double click on its T in order to select all of the text and then go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, of course you can press Ctrl C or Command C if you prefer, then press the Escape so that you don't go replacing that text with something completely and utterly meaningless and Ctrl Tab your way back to spaceradio.psd. You should be armed with the Type tool, move that Type tool down to underneath the path so that it's over the path so you see that I being with a little sort of wiggly line going through it.
And in my case I have to move the iBeam down a few pixels just like that there or else I run into a little bit of a bug that's associated with this beta version of Photoshop hopefully they will iron that out but if you are working with the prerelease you may find it handy to do what I am doing so just move it down ever so slightly click and if you get things right you will see a big blinking insertion marker like this one right here. That's showing you this is where the type is going to appear. Go up to the edit menu and choose the Paste command or press Ctrl V or Command V on the Mac in order to paste that text along the bottom of the circle.
Now you may think okay looks pretty good, that's great and everything but wouldn't it be nice if the text actually read from left to right instead of right to left so that it flowed along the path outline in a counterclockwise direction, yes it would be nice if it did that and I am going to show you exactly how to pull that one off in the next exercise.
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