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Resizing the text frame

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Video: Resizing the text frame

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.

Resizing the text frame

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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Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 1h 15m
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
      2m 5s
    2. Selecting glass and water
      5m 23s
    3. Establishing a base layer
      4m 0s
    4. The Color Range command
      6m 45s
    5. Selecting sparkles
      3m 19s
    6. Setting sparkles to Screen
      4m 19s
    7. Selecting and compositing hair
      2m 59s
    8. When Color Range falls short
      7m 25s
    9. Selecting a base channel
      4m 25s
    10. Enhancing the channel's contrast
      4m 4s
    11. Dodging the highlights
      5m 55s
    12. Putting the mask in play
      3m 20s
    13. Reducing the edge fringes
      4m 21s
    14. Adding a layer mask
      4m 53s
    15. Creating a gradient quick mask
      5m 26s
    16. Blurring the layer mask
      5m 51s
    17. And that's just the beginning...
      1m 15s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Edge-enhancement parlor tricks
      1m 30s
    2. The subterfuge of sharpness
      3m 14s
    3. The single-shot sharpness
      3m 47s
    4. Unsharp Mask
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      4m 31s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 14s
    7. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 25s
    8. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      6m 23s
    10. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 4s
    11. Leave More Accurate off!
      2m 29s
    12. Turn More Accurate on
      2m 58s
    13. The Advanced options
      5m 17s
    14. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 18s
    15. Accounting for camera shake
      6m 0s
  3. 1h 24m
    1. Why the heck would you blur?
      1m 20s
    2. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      7m 16s
    3. The Linear Box Blur
      2m 58s
    4. Median and its badly named progeny
      6m 3s
    5. Surface Blur and the rest
      5m 36s
    6. The Motion Blur filter
      3m 2s
    7. The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom
      5m 55s
    8. The Captain Kirk-in-love effect
      6m 50s
    9. Averaging skin tones
      6m 2s
    10. Addressing the stubborn patches
      6m 0s
    11. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      4m 8s
    12. Blurring surface details
      7m 2s
    13. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      7m 52s
    14. Reducing digital noise
      8m 22s
    15. Smoothing out JPEG artifacts
      6m 1s
  4. 45m 28s
    1. Behold, the layered composition
      1m 13s
    2. The Layers palette
      5m 8s
    3. Enlarging the hand
      4m 40s
    4. Erasing with a layer mask
      6m 28s
    5. Moving a layer
      4m 3s
    6. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      4m 42s
    7. Hair and stacking order
      6m 12s
    8. Adding a frame and expanding the canvas
      6m 2s
    9. Adding a vignette
      7m 0s
  5. 42m 27s
    1. Organization: It sounds dull, but it rocks
      1m 8s
    2. The terrible battle
      3m 3s
    3. Assembling the base composition
      5m 46s
    4. Adding adjustment layers
      4m 55s
    5. Creating a layer group
      2m 24s
    6. Grouping selected layers
      3m 13s
    7. Making the TV lines
      4m 17s
    8. Introducing layer comps
      5m 52s
    9. Saving your own layer comps
      6m 40s
    10. Final footnotes
      5m 9s
  6. 1h 23m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 4s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 44s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 35s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      5m 38s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      5m 52s
    7. The darkening modes
      6m 12s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with the Fill value
      3m 53s
    9. Saving a blended state
      2m 54s
    10. The lightening modes
      4m 55s
    11. The contrast modes
      7m 13s
    12. The comparative modes
      7m 25s
    13. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 2s
    14. The brush-only modes
      8m 11s
    15. Blending groups
      7m 10s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. At this point, there is a great shift...
      59s
    2. Messing with the masters
      2m 28s
    3. Scaling a layer to fit a composition
      6m 39s
    4. Merging clock face and cardinal
      2m 2s
    5. Rotating the minute hand
      7m 42s
    6. Replaying the last transformation
      3m 50s
    7. Second hand and shadows
      5m 0s
    8. Series duplication
      3m 23s
    9. Skews and perspective-style distortions
      6m 43s
    10. The envelope-style Warp function
      7m 32s
    11. Introducing the Liquify command
      5m 9s
    12. Adjusting the brush settings
      4m 2s
    13. Viewing layers and the mesh
      4m 18s
    14. Incrementally undoing undesirable effects
      4m 5s
    15. Twirl, pucker, and bloat
      2m 2s
    16. Push, mirror, and turbulence
      4m 37s
    17. Protecting regions with a mask
      3m 41s
    18. Applying a digital facelift
      10m 53s
    19. Saving and loading mesh settings
      2m 31s
  8. 1h 18m
    1. Planes and perspective
      1m 7s
    2. The Blue Gallery
      2m 47s
    3. Introducing Vanishing Point 2.0
      5m 30s
    4. Drawing out perpendicular planes
      6m 54s
    5. Exporting the gridlines to a layer
      4m 45s
    6. Cloning an image from one plane to another
      7m 58s
    7. Blending the image into its new home
      6m 31s
    8. Healing away the sockets
      7m 48s
    9. Importing a new image
      6m 20s
    10. Masking and shading the image
      7m 27s
    11. Flat in, perspective out
      5m 57s
    12. Adding perspective type
      4m 50s
    13. Swinging planes to custom angles
      6m 2s
    14. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      4m 35s
  9. 1h 15m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      54s
    2. Creating an independent text layer
      6m 39s
    3. Editing vector-based text
      6m 38s
    4. Working with area text
      6m 15s
    5. Resizing the text frame
      6m 4s
    6. Obscure but important formatting options
      7m 25s
    7. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      9m 38s
    8. Adding a ghostly cast shadow
      6m 19s
    9. Backlighting the text
      2m 48s
    10. Creating type on a path
      7m 37s
    11. Pasting text along the bottom of a circle
      3m 50s
    12. Flip and baseline shift
      3m 15s
    13. Warping text
      3m 58s
    14. Scaling the warped text to taste
      4m 18s
  10. 1m 11s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 11s

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