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Sampling color

From: Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

Video: Sampling color

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.

Sampling color

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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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 6m 12s
    1. The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
      1m 27s
    2. Exploring type anatomy and terminology
      1m 8s
    3. Setting type preferences
      3m 37s
  3. 34m 28s
    1. Interacting with type layers
      1m 53s
    2. Entering and selecting point type
      6m 27s
    3. Copying a type layer
      3m 6s
    4. Choosing fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Sizing type
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding pixel/point size and resolution
      1m 49s
    7. Entering and selecting paragraph type
      2m 42s
    8. Finding and replacing text
      2m 20s
    9. Spell-checking your type
      55s
    10. Converting point type to paragraph type and vice versa
      1m 23s
    11. Creating returns and non-breaking spaces in paragraph type
      1m 18s
    12. Entering glyphs and special characters
      4m 28s
    13. Applying anti-aliasing to type
      2m 32s
  4. 39m 35s
    1. Changing fonts across multiple layers
      38s
    2. Changing type color
      4m 5s
    3. Sampling color
      3m 19s
    4. Working with transparency
      1m 46s
    5. Applying a gradient
      4m 22s
    6. Setting leading
      3m 56s
    7. Tracking type
      3m 7s
    8. Kerning type
      3m 44s
    9. Using horizontal and vertical scale options
      1m 39s
    10. Using Baseline Shift
      2m 39s
    11. Casing and underlining options
      2m 36s
    12. Giving emphasis
      41s
    13. Using smart quotes
      1m 3s
    14. Working with OpenType fonts
      5m 9s
    15. Resetting the Character panel
      51s
  5. 28m 31s
    1. Aligning paragraphs left, right, and center
      2m 17s
    2. Setting justified paragraph alignment
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning type on an axis
      2m 51s
    4. Setting forced justified paragraph alignment
      3m 4s
    5. Evenly spacing type elements with unique lengths
      2m 29s
    6. Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides
      2m 20s
    7. Aligning type along a radial axis
      2m 32s
    8. Grouping layers
      1m 29s
    9. Adding space between paragraphs and paragraph indents
      2m 9s
    10. Creating a bulleted list
      1m 46s
    11. Setting the hanging punctuation option
      42s
    12. Resetting the Paragraph panel
      51s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Using type mask tools
      3m 10s
    2. Creating masks from type layers
      2m 36s
    3. Masking with a clipping mask
      1m 41s
    4. Masking with Pattern Overlay
      1m 52s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Setting type around a circle
      5m 55s
    2. Setting type along a pen path
      3m 42s
    3. Setting type around a shape
      4m 29s
    4. Create a work path from type
      5m 59s
    5. Rotating type with Free Transform
      1m 15s
    6. Working with vertical type
      1m 54s
    7. Working with stacked type
      1m 44s
    8. Transforming type using the Warp tool
      4m 9s
    9. Distorting type
      3m 50s
    10. Converting type to shape layers
      4m 27s
  8. 17s
    1. Final thoughts
      17s

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