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For this installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French explains the fundamentals of working with type in Photoshop, distinguishing when it is appropriate to set type in Photoshop rather than InDesign or Illustrator and what makes Photoshop unique for certain type treatments. This course demonstrates essential techniques, such as entering and editing text; interacting with type layers; and adjusting the color, transparency, character and paragraph formatting of type.
A particularly effective way of getting your type in color is to sample color somewhere from the image that you're combining the type with. So I'm going to come to my Type tool and rather than select the type, I don't even need to do that, rather than choose the eyedropper, I don't need to do that, I'm going to go to the color box. My cursor becomes the eyedropper, and now I can move that around and just stab around on the image, and then my type color will update to reflect that. So I think I'm going to go with the red from that boat right there.
Now to take this a bit further, we could use the Kuler web site, which would allow us to upload this image, create a color theme from it, save that color theme as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file, load that file in Photoshop, and then apply the colors of that theme to different pieces of text. Let's say we have more text that we want to apply color to. So let's see how that works. I'm going to go to my web browser, and I'm signed in to Kuler.
In order to do this, you will need to have Adobe ID. It's free to get one. It just takes a few moments to register. So I'm signed in, and I'm going to come over to the left here and choose Create. This allows me to create color themes. Typically, that might be creating from a color based upon one of these color harmony rules. But what I want to do here is create the color theme from an image, specifically the image that I'm about to upload. That one, the image that we're working with.
Now I can create a color theme based upon any of these moods. So I can just experiment with what it's going to give me. As it turns out, I'm not really liking any of the ones it's giving me. It's not really hitting the colors that I want to pick out of this image. So I'm just going to drag these targets around, and you could see my color swatches update down the bottom here. Let's put that one right there. So we have a blue, sort of a green, sort of a burgundy.
I'm now going to save that. I'll give it a name. I could also give it tags so that other people could find it if they searched for it, because I'll make this a public theme. I'm not going to worry about the tags now. I'm just going to save this, and I can now download this theme. Now I'm going to come back to Photoshop and on my Swatches panel I'm going to choose Load Swatches, come to the photo that I saved theme in--there it is, I'll open it, and those five colors now appear at the end of my Swatches panel.
So what I'm going to do next is just come to this piece of type right here, choose my Type tool, and see how we get on applying these colors. Maybe I'll have this one in the blue, this one in the green, this one in the not-so-bright blue, and this one we'll go back to the burgundy color, in which case I think I also want that same color used on the big type.
So I'll just come back to that, Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete key. So there we see how we can pick up the colors from the image and then apply those colors to the type in our composition using Kuler and Adobe Swatch Exchange.
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