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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.
All right I still have TV movie ad.psd opened. I have also selected the Type tools, you can see right here the Horizontal Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key and I established the default formatting attributes. Now let's select some of our own custom formatting attributes, but we are going to be changing the defaults that are associated with the Type tool which is A-OK because I'm going to set things up so that you an switch back and forth between the default defaults, the ones that ship with Photoshop and these new defaults, the ones that I'm telling you to create using a tool preset, which is a really fantastic thing to know about. We haven't gotten to them yet, and they are just terrific as you will see.
All right, so what I want you to do is I want you to go to the Font option right there, Click on it in order to bring up a big old menu of every single font included on your system. Now your fonts and my fonts are going to be different. Everybody's system accumulates different fonts over time. Some fonts we share but most fonts, we don't, I'm afraid. So what I'm going to do though is I'm going to suggest one of two fonts for you to use, those of you who are following along with me. The first one is a great looking font that's included along with many skews of the Creative Suite. So if you have the Design Premium collection, then you will have this font. If you have the Master Collection, well certain Creative Suite skews have it and certain ones don't but it's a great looking font and we will use it together if you got it. If not, I'll suggest a different font that you definitely have.
So I'm going to scroll up my list to the Cs and here they are the bunch of C font's right there and I want this guy Adobe Caslon Pro. Notice that even though it starts with the word Adobe, it is organized with the Cs right there. Caslon Pro is a really popular font these days. Now if you don't have Adobe Caslon Pro, I recommend then you turn your attention to a font way down here, Times New Roman which should be on your machine and it's one of the default fonts that I think is included with all Window systems and I believe all Mac systems as well. So one or the other works very well for our purposes.
I am going to go back up here to Caslon Pro; I want to show you this wonderful trick that's available to you when you are changing the font. I'll go ahead and Click on Adobe Caslon Pro to make it active, there it is. All right, let's say, I want to switch over to Times, I would Click on the words some place Adobe Caslon Pro and I would enter TIM and that should get me Times New Roman presumably and then press the Enter or Return key in order to accept that modification just like that. So you can just type in characters if you want to. Now I want to go back to Caslon. What I'd like to be able to do since it was organized with the Cs, it was alphabetized by Caslon, I should be able to type in CAS but that's not going to work for me because the first word is Adobe. So instead, I'll just go ahead and Click back on it like so, and I'll type in Adobe and then I might have to type in space C but in my case Adobe Caslon Pro, it's the first font that begins with the word, Adobe.
All right, now Tab over here, should Tab to the styles that are available for this specific font family, and Photoshop is smart enough like all Adobe applications to give you access to just those styles that are available to the font family. So you don't always get Bold and always get Italic, and never get anything else which is a way a lot of lesser applications work. Instead, you get those styles that are really available and the style that I want you to choose is this guy right there, Bold. So go ahead and Click on it. You could also type it in too if you wanted to, but might as well just choose it.
Then I'm going to Tab over to the Type Size value, also if I wanted to highlight the value, I could Click on this double T icon right there and I'm going to change it to 33. Now if you are using Times New Roman, then change that Type Size value to 38 and you will get very similar results. Then I'm going to change the anti- aliasing and we will discuss this a little more later but right now it's set to None, which is not what we want. What that's going to do is it's going to give us jagged type and we do not want jagged type. Something along the lines of either Sharp or Crisp is going to do us better.
I am going to go with Crisp Bright here and that will soften the outline, so that they are not jagged and it will make our type look nice and smooth on screen. Then I'm going to switch to Center type by Clicking on the Center icon and next, I want to make my type White. Now notice that the type is going to be black even though for some reason, I have got my foreground color set to white here, my text is going to show up as black and I could switch that by either Clicking on this little Swatch right there and that will bring up the Color Picker dialog box and then I would Click on white basically establish that I was using white inside of the Color Picker like so, and I just kind of Click and drag up into that upper left corner and then I would Click OK, or here is another thing you can do, I'm going to cancel out.
You could press the D key to establish the default colors down here, the bottom of the toolbox and then press the X key to swap them and now foreground color becomes white but that also tells Photoshop that white is the color that you want to use for the text. Then I'm going to urge you to bring up the Character palette for just a moment, and you do that by Clicking on this little palette icon right there in the Options bar and I just want you to make sure that your Leading value, this guy right here is set to Auto and we will discuss Leading in more detail in just a moment but you want to make sure you have got Auto for Leading and you have got 0 for Tracking.
We will talk about all of these stuffs and 100% for both the Scaling options, 0 for Baseline Shift and so on. We're just checking just to make sure. All right, go ahead and hide the palette now and we are now ready to create the text but before we do, I want you to save out your own Custom tool preset. Now other applications out there like Illustrator, InDesign, and so on, they have these things called Style Sheets and what Style Sheets allow you to do is accumulate a bunch of different formatting attributes, save them as a custom style that you are going to use over and over again, and then apply that style to text in mass, so you apply a bunch of formatting attributes altogether.
You can't do that in Photoshop, Photoshop doesn't have Style Sheets but it does have Custom tool presets and those tool presets can be used as poor man style sheet that affect not text that you have already created, but text that you are going to create. So here is what you do, now that you have established these formatting attributes, you go ahead and Click on this down pointing arrowhead next to the T over here in the left side of the Options bar, and then you Click on this little Page icon in order to create a new tool preset and then you want to name it. Notice that the default name starts off with the name of the tool, that's fine, and then the typeface. Now I just don't want this name to get too long, so I'm going to delete the word, Adobe. I'm actually going to get rid of the word Pro too. So it's just Caslon Bold, 33 point, and then I'm going to delete 1 which is just telling me this is the first of such styles that I'm creating such tool presets and I'm going to change that to white and that's going to be the name of my preset. Then I Click OK.
Now, notice you can switch between your presets. You can Click on Horizontal Type tool, Myriad Pro, Regular, 24 point, and that will establish those settings including this bad None anti- aliasing style up here in the Options bar and then you can Click on Type tool Caslon Pro, 33 point White in order to get your good settings back. Also, I'm going to show you one more thing about tool Preset that just rocks in my opinion. If you go to the Window menu, you will see that there is a command tool Presets, that brings up the tool Presets palette, a very few people know even it exists inside of Photoshop.
You can also Click on this little screwdriver and wrench icon right there and you will see your tool presets for the active tool by default. Now if you go down to this Checkbox and turn it off, so that you are not just seeing the current tool, you will see all of the presets for all the different tools. Every single tool in Photoshop can have presets associated with it, and by Clicking on one of these other tool presets, you are not only switched to the preset, you're switched to that tool. So you can do all that work in one little Click. I am now switched over to the Crop tool. I could do my 5x3 cropping if I wanted to, and then I could go back to my Type tool and create my Caslon Bold 33 point White text. Isn't that awesome? All right, so anyway, let's go ahead and hide that.
We are now poised on the verge of creating text. In the next exercise, we are going to create some text for this TV movie ad. You stay tuned.
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