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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 I'm going to show you how to resize a text frame. I'm still working inside of Chief executive nephew.psd and if you want to resize a text frame, this is just kind of weird, the way Photoshop handles this in my humble O. But it is the way it works. What you need to do is you need to activate the text layer with the Type tool so that has to be done. So go ahead and get the Text tool right there, the Horizontal Type tool and then Click some place inside the text. That way you can see the frame, otherwise you can't see the darn thing. Then you start making whatever modifications you want to make.
Here is what I want you to do. First bring up the rulers, which you get by going to the View menu and choosing the Rulers command or pressing Ctrl+R, Command+R on the Mac. Then I want you to go ahead and bring up the Info palette, which you should be able to do by pressing F8, but it doesn't work when text is active. So just go ahead and choose the Info command. And the reason we have the Info palette up here is because I want to track the location of the guidelines, so then I'm going to drag out the rulers using these X and Y values right there. Let's start off by consulting my book, which tells me what it is I want to do. It's like a bunch of notes just sitting here ready for it.
Let's start off by dragging a ruler guide out of the vertical ruler right here and you should be working in pixels, very important. So if you are seeing some other unit of measure here, you'd Right -Click on one of the ruler and choose Pixels like so. That might be a Ctrl+Click on the Mac, if you don't have a right mouse button. Drag from the vertical ruler and then watch -- I'm asking you to watch because it can't really show you, but I'll move over here so I can show you. Watch this value. I totally can point to it. Right now it's 777. That's totally wrong.
What we want is 80. You are going to see 74, 75, 76 and so on. If you want to snap the guide into 10 pixels increments, then press and hold the Shift key as you drag, and notice that it moves in 5 pixels increments. All right, well that's because I'm zoomed in farther than I have been in the past. It depends how far you are zoomed in. In fact, it has nothing to do with 5 or 10 pixels; it's the tick marks that you are seeing up here in the ruler. So you are snapping to the tick marks. So I'm finding that at 100%, this is a very useful technique. I want to snap into 80, so X: 80 is what you should see there in the Info palette, then release and you make your nice vertical guide.
All right, let's drag out another one and this time, and I want you to snap to 860. So X: 860 right there. All right, that's good and then let's drag down from the horizontal ruler, so we will create a horizontal guide and notice that it's snapping into alignment if I let it with the area text frame. That's not really what I'm really looking for. So I'm going to press and hold the Shift key and I'm going to snap so that Y is at 30. Do you see that there in the Info palette Y: 30? And then release the mouse button and then release the Shift key.
All right, let's hide the Info palette; we are done with it. We need to move our cursors over that upper left handle right there. Basically, you just kind of have to move the cursor around until you see that sort of diagonal up-down cursor thing going there, and that's when you know to drag the handle to whatever location you want it to be at, which is there. I want you to snap into this intersection, the guide that's at 30 vertically and 80 horizontally and then I want you to take this bottom right handle and you just have to keep an eye on that cursor right there and then drag it over to the right so that you are snapping into alignment with this 860 guideline right there.
You can also drag the sides, notice that the side handle. This is the bottom handle, drag it up and down. If you move your cursor outside near the boundary then you can rotate your text like so. Oh! Isn't that nice? I can undo that. That's how you resize a text frame and then once you are done, you would just press the Enter key on the keypad in order to accept your modification, just so that you are not tempted to press the Escape key and muck everything up. Then what I would do, press Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac to get rid of the rulers and then I would get rid of the guidelines, because I don't like to see them either if I don't have to; we are done working with them. We've already aligned both the point text down below and this area text up above. So go to the View menu, choose Show and choose Guides and if you want, you've got a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+;, Command+; on the Mac and that is the keyboard across many of the Adobe applications. Anyway, I'm just going to choose Command.
In the next exercise we are going to experience formatting features that can be applied to type inside of Photoshop. My goodness! That sounds joyful.
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