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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Now even though we have warped this text as I directed you to do if you are following along with me in the previous exercise it still remains fully editable so I can change the letters around if I want to or I can change the formatting. And changing the formatting is exactly what I want to do. For starters I need to increase the size of the word space so that its ever bit as wide as the words Radio Free above it. So starting off by arming yourself with a Type tool and then triple click inside of the workspace in order to select that entire line of type including the exclamation point and now you can change the type size value up here in the options bar to 88 point if you want to but I want to show you how to do this incrementally, how to change the type size incrementally because that's probably the way you would really be working.
If you knew you wanted to match space, the word space to the width of the words Radio Free then you would probably do it incrementally from the keyboard and here is how. For starters we are going to increase the size rather dramatically and you do that by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt on the PC or Command-Shift-Option on the Mac along with the greater than key. And the greater than key of course is the same as the period key and I will end up pressing that combination of keys that's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+> or Command-Shift-Option-> on the Macintosh side.
I end up pressing that sequence of keys 4 times in order to get this big whopping space down here so I now have 90 point type because I raised it 40 points. That's a little too far it seems to me so I am now going to get rid of the Alt key not actually going to remove it from my keyboard but I am not going to press it anymore and I am going to press Ctrl+Shift or on the Macintosh side Command-Shift and less than which is the comma key. So just do that once just Ctrl+Shift+< or Command-Shift-< on the Macintosh side to reduce the type size to 88 point and so this gives you a chance by incrementally increasing and decreasing the size of the letters in this way, you get a chance to sort of play with your text and figure out what it looks like on screen and how you want it to fit the document.
The next thing I am going to do is I am going to select all of the text like so and I am going to increase its vertical scale so I am going to stretch the text downward and I am going to do that from the Character Palette and I am going to click in the vertical scale option right here this little guy there notice it is vertically scale that's what it says. And I am going to press Shift up arrow while this item is highlighted here inside the palette. Ultimately I like to raise this value to 167% and again by incrementally modifying the value I can sort of keep things in check.
I can make sure that I am happy with my progress here on screen. The final thing I want to do is I am going to press the Enter key to go ahead and accept this value here inside the Character Palette so that it's no longer active and I want to increase the letting now which is the amount of space between these lines. I could just change this value this letting value I want to change it to a 126 points by the way ultimately or however I could just change it from the keyboard and I am going to do that by pressing Alt down arrow actually I want to move quicker than this so I will press Ctrl+Alt down arrow that would be Command-Option down arrow on the Macintosh side of things.
And in all I am going to keep doing that until I end up getting a value of a 126 points. Now you may find it helpful to ultimately release that Shift key and just press Alt along with either the upper down arrow key to manipulate that letting and that would be Option up or down arrow on the Macintosh side but these are the values. We want a type size for space of 88 points ultimately. We want a vertical scale for everything of a 167% and we want a letting value for everything of a 126 points and that's it.
That ends up creating exactly the effect we want so go ahead and press the Enter key on the keypad of course or you can press Ctrl+Enter or Command-Return in order to accept that new text. Does it now look good? It looks certainly better I think and sort of an over the top space effect, fits the document, works really nicely this is the final effect thanks to the many out of this world text editing capabilities of Photoshop CS3.
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