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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, 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 CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
I've saved my progress as Kerned and tracked.psd. And you may recall that we set up 365 as Point Text, meaning that this is text that's aligned to a specific point. And if I go ahead and press the T key, in order to get my Type tool, and click inside of this text someplace, you'll see a baseline that's the horizontal line, which is ultimately an imaginary guideline, upon which the characters rest. And that line emanates from a single point.
And when we're working with Flush left text, like this, then the point is on the far left side of the baseline. It would be in the center of the baseline with centered text, like so; Ctrl+Shift or Command+Shift+C for Centered. And it would be on the right side of the baseline if we were working with Flush right text, Ctrl+Shift or Command+Shift+R for Right, and Ctrl+Shift or Command+Shift+L for Left. And I'm just changing the alignment by pressing those keyboard shortcuts. Anyway, I am going to press the Escape key to abandon the Text Edit mode. The thing about Point Text is you don't have any automatic wraps.
You could just keep entering characters across the entire width of your image and well beyond that, and the characters in the words would never wrap down to the next line of type unless you entered a manual character return by pressing the Enter key on the PC or the Return key on the Mac. Let's compare that with Area Text, which is text inside of a frame. So I am going to take this text right there, it says New Miracle Diet! Learn to Eat Without Swallowing, and I'm going to put it inside of a frame. But before I do I need to clean up this stuff that's going on inside the Layers panel, here.
Go ahead and click on the Info layer, if you're for working along with me, and then I want you to scroll up the list until we get to Fashion Formulas and Shift+Click. Everything from Fashion Formulas down to Info, those five layers are selected. And then I want you to go up to the Layers panel flyout menu, click on it and choose New Group from layers. And why don't we just go ahead and call this the 365 bunch, and I'll click OK, in order to create that new group. And you can always expand the group later if you want to gain access to the individual layers or if I twirl them close you can move those layers together, as a group.
The main advantage, however, is that it helps you clean up the Layers panel when you're working inside of complex multilayer compositions. Anyway, this is the guy I am talking about, New Miracle Diet! right there, double-click on that T thumbnail in order to select all that text right there. And then I'm going to go up to the Edit menu, and I'm going to choose the Copy command to copy that text to the Clipboard or press Ctrl+C, Command+C on the Mac. And then you can go ahead and turn off this layer. We don't need it anymore, although we might as well keep it around just in case.
Now I am going to press Ctrl+; or Command+; on the Mac in order to redisplay my guidelines. And I am going to zoom in here, and I'm going to create a text-frame to house that text that I just copied. And I am going to do so by dragging from this guide intersection, very close to her ear, notice that, to this one down there, right above the 5. And that now defines a text-frame. When you create text inside of a frame, which Photoshop calls Area Text, then the text automatically wraps depending on the width of that frame and so forth.
So I am going to go up here to the Edit menu now, and choose the Paste command or press Ctrl+V, Command+V on the Mac, and that goes ahead and pastes that text into that frame. Now, this text next door here, Make Him Love You In Less than 5 Minutes. That's getting in my face a little bit. So I am going to go ahead and press the Enter key on the keypad, or I could press Ctrl+Enter or Command+Return, in order to deactivate this text and accept my changes. And then I'll select that Make Him Love You layer right there, and I'll Ctrl+Drag it over a little bit to get it out of my way.
That would be a Command+Drag on the Mac. All right, let's go back to this text right here and format it. For starters, I want the text to be black, so I'll click on that text layer, New Miracle Diet! I just have to remember it's the visible one versus the invisible one, and you know what? We don't need it anymore. We've got the text. I'll just go ahead and click on that layer and press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac, in order to get rid of it. Now I'll click on the visible version of that text layer which is the layer set inside of our frame. And I will change it to black, and black is my foreground color, noticed that, by default, if it isn't for you, you can just press the D key and then press Alt+Backspace, or Option+Delete on the Mac, to fill that text with black, like so.
Now it's not showing up so good against her black glove there, but we'll fix that in just a moment. Let's apply some Formatting Attributes here. And the attributes I want to apply, for starters, are Myriad; currently we're seeing the text in Verdana, which is no good. That's a great web font, but it's a lousy font for print purposes. So I am going to press the Enter here, the Return key on the Mac to highlight that font name, and I'm going to enter myr, and sure enough I'll get Myriad Pro right off the bat. You may have to enter some more characters, but ultimately that's what you want. It's Myriad Pro.
Then tab over to the next option and Regular is actually fine for now. Let's tab over to the Size option and change it to 19 and then press the Tab key. By the way, this next value right here, this anti-aliasing setting. You can set it to None, which will give you very jagged type, you don't want that, or you can select between a variety of options that aren't going to look all that different. I warn you right now, Crisp is the default setting, Sharp looks very much like, Strong tends to generate thicker characters, and Smooth does its best to smooth over any rough transitions.
But here's what's going on. When you apply them to large text you're going to barely notice the difference. It's all about trying to take your very tiny text that you end up wanting to look good on the web, and you want it to look more legible. So you've got your tiny text, the legibility is starting to dropout so you are having problems raising the text onscreen. That's all you care about is onscreen. Well, in that case switch between these options and see if you get better results. But bear in mind it affects an entire text layer at a time. Anyway, I'm just going to leave it alone.
It's just the kind of thing you want to play with when you're having problems. I'm going to make my text Flush right so I'll go ahead and click on this icon, right there, so that we scoot the text over to the right, away from the glove. And then finally, I need to bring up my Character panel by clicking on this little panel icon in the options bar. And the reason I'm doing this is because there is one additional setting that I want to modify, and that's Leading, right there. Currently, it's set to Auto; Auto is the default setting. And auto means 120% of the Type size value.
So take the Type size, 19 in our case, multiply 8 times 1.2. Well, if you whip out your calculator once again, you'll figure out that that's 22.8 points, so almost 23 points worth of Leading. And that's the space from the one imaginary horizontal line, that the character sit on, down to the next imaginary horizontal line. And if you want to override that, you can. You just go ahead and click on this A on top on an A icon right there, and enter a different value, and I am going to enter 21. And that's less than 22.8, so the text is going to move together, as you can see right there.
Another thing you could do, just so you know the keyboard shortcut - I'll go ahead and click inside the text and press Ctrl+A, Command+A on the Mac, in order to select all that text. If you press Alt+Down Arrow you'll space the characters apart 2 points, if you press Alt+Up Arrow you'll space them together 2 points. That's Option+Down Arrow on the Mac, to increase the Leading value and Option+Up Arrow to decrease the Leading value. If you want to move in larger increments, as usual, yet another modifier key, in this case Ctrl or Command. So Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow shifts the text apart in 10 point increments, Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow shifts it together in 10 points increments.
That would be Command+Option+Down Arrow or Command+Option+Up Arrow on the Mac. These are the settings we want, Myriad Pro-Regular, 19 over 21, and of course, Flush right. Now we do need to make an additional change here. We need to go ahead and set the headline text, New Miracle Diet! independently of the copy, and we're going to do exactly that in the next exercise.
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