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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.
Alright, now text certainly looks better things to the formatting modifications that we have applied, but it doesn't look best. It's way too big, this text block is way too big inside of the image, it's covering up this Lead Pumpkin's face after all. So I am going to need to scale the text block. But before I do and just to make sure that you and I scale the text block exactly the same, let's go ahead and add a few more guidelines and that will give you some guides experience as well. First, bring up the rulers by going to the View menu and choosing the Rulers command or you can just press Ctrl+R, Command+R on the Mac, pretty standard keyboard shortcut for bringing up rulers inside of graphics and design programs.
Now, because I am working in the Full Screen mode, the rulers are tucking in back of the toolbox and I definitely don't want that. So I am going to switch from the full screen mode back to the maximize screen mode. I am choosing the command as opposed to pressing the F key because I have some active text going on and if I were to press F, I would just replace that text, wouldn't I? I don't want to do that. So I will choose the command and we are back here now in the Maximize mode where I can clearly see my rulers, both the horizontal ruler at the top of the screen and the vertical ruler here on the left side of the screen.
I am also going to bring up my Info palette which you can get to by choosing Info from the Window menu or pressing the F8 key, so that I can track the location of my guidelines. And you want to make sure that you are working in pixels just so that you can follow along with me. And to confirm that you have pixel selected, right-click on either of the rulers. And you should see a checkmark in front of pixels, if not, go ahead and choose that option. Alright, let's start things off here by adding a horizontal guide. I am going to scroll up. I am using the scroll wheel to scroll up the image. Again, I can't Spacebar-drag with live text because if I press the Spacebar, it will replace the text.
So I am using my scroll wheel to scroll up, I could also use the Page Up key or I could use the scrollbar over here on the right-hand side of the image. And I am going to drag a horizontal guide down from the horizontal ruler and I am going to drag that guideline down until I see a Y value of 50, check it out there inside the Info palette. Alright, now I will release. I am going to drag now a vertical guideline out of the vertical ruler. It might help by the way if you press the Shift key as you are dragging out your guide because that way you are going to snap to the ruler, so there is a little less guess work.
We are looking for an X value this time inside the Info palette of 1000. And incidentally, a couple of other tricks that you might want to be aware of here, you can move a horizontal guideline, you could start with a horizontal guideline and switch it on the fly to vertical by pressing and holding the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. The same goes from moving a horizontal guideline out from the vertical ruler. So if you press and hold the Alt key or the Option key, you will switch it to a horizontal guide. Just something to be aware of in case you are a guide crazy or you intend to be.
Here's something really interesting I think. I am going to go ahead and scroll over to the right-hand side of my image. If you know exactly where you want a guideline to be, where you want to create a guide, then you can go up to the View menu and you can choose this command right here, New Guide. But first you have to make sure your text is no longer active. So I will go ahead and press the Enter key on a keypad in order to deactivate my text and accept the formatting medications I made. Alright, now let's go up to the View menu and choose new guide, and this time you can say I want a vertical guide, which is what we want.
We want another vertical guide at a position of 1540 pixels. I just happen to know, that's where I want it, and then click OK. So it could be very precise if you want to with your guides. And there is the new guideline on right-hand side of the screen. What if you want to delete a guide? Well, then you press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and drag the guide back into the ruler. That's how you delete a guide. Alright, I don't want that, I want to put that guide back, I like that guide. Now, finally, we want to resize this text block so it fits inside of the guidelines.
We can't do it though until the text is active. So go ahead and click anywhere inside your text block so that you can see the frame boundary, and then drag a corner handle like so. And I am going to drag this corner handle until it snaps into alignment with my guidelines there. I am going to put away the Info palette because it's kind of blocking my view. Now, I will scroll down inside the image and I will drag this lower right frame handle until it snaps to the right-hand side to the right guideline that I have created. And make sure you drag far enough down so that you can see all of your text because then you will cut off the text inside of this text block here, and you don't want to do that.
So go ahead and drag that text block down until you can see all of the text inside of this image. Now, something else to note, I am going to go ahead and zoom out here a little bit and scroll up so that we can see all of the text. There is a little trick. Notice by the way that I have just been scaling the text block and Photoshop rewraps the text, it doesn't scale the text, it just rewraps it, like so. One, if you would prefer to scale the text, if you are working with area text, then just go ahead and Ctrl-drag the handle or Command-drag the handle and that will scale the text as opposed to just scaling the frame.
Of course, I don't want to do that, I thought the text would be great before. So this is my new text boundary, all fitting nice and tidy inside of my guidelines. I will press the Enter key here on the keypad in order to accept my modifications and now, I am going to go up to the View menu, I am going to choose Show and I am going to choose Guides to hide those guides from view, so that they are no longer cluttering up my space because I am basically done with them. No sense in throwing them away though, but you could if you want to. You can clear out those guides, totally get rid of them, just by choosing the Clear Guides command, if you prefer.
And then finally, I am going to hide my ruler by pressing Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac, and there is my properly sized area text over here on the right-hand side of the screen. In the next exercise, we are going to be applying a few more formatting attributes, most of which affect all of the text inside of the area text block at once.
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