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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.
I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Squishy warp.psd. We can see that we do have a squishy warp applied to our text. It's getting dramatically squished. All we need to do is make that space text, that second line of text there, we need to make it as wide as Radio-Free I think, in order to make this text look good inside the composition and then you will see, we have some additional problems, we are going to have to solve after we make the text large. Let's do it. Grab the Type tool and then go ahead and Triple-Click inside the word Space.
I'm going to make sure you select that entire line. And then we are going to make the text larger but we are going to do it from the keyboard using one of those keyboard shortcuts that I told you about several exercises ago now. First of all, we are going to nudge the text upward and very quickly in big increments, and then we will settle down to smaller increments. So I want you Windows people, to mash your fist down on Ctrl+Shift+Alt and you Macintosh people, mash your fist down on Command+ Shift+Option and then press the Period key which is the Greater than key and keep pressing it. Press it a few times with all those keys mashed down until you get to a Type Size of 90 points.
Notice that up here in the Options bar. That's a little too much. So I want you to release the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, just press Ctrl+Shift on the PC, Command+Shift on the Mac and press the Comma key which is the Less than key to reduce the Type Size by just two points right there, down to 88 points and that what we want. That's still not quite right. All of our text needs to be taller so that it reaches down to this area here. And we are going to do that using Vertical Scale. So I want you to press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all the text and then we are going to work inside the Character palette because after all that's where Vertical Scale is.
Now unlike Type Size which you can nudge incrementally from the keyboard without worrying about the palette, without seeing values, and Leading as we will see if we can nudge it from the keyboard. You can't do that with Vertical Scale. You have to see the value in order to nudge it. So you would Click inside the value and then you press the Up arrow key in order to increase that Vertical Scale value in 1% increments which is going to take you forever or press Shift+Up arrow in order to increase that value in 10% increments, and I ultimately want you to get to a Vertical Scale value here of 167%.
All right, now then, let's go ahead and press the Enter or Return key to accept that Vertical Scale value. And if you ever worried that you might accidentally disrupt your text by accepting a value, then of course, just press the Enter key in the keypad. That will protect everybody. All right, now we want to adjust the Leading, so my Leading value is not active, but I can still adjust the Letting by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Down arrow because I'm moving the lines of text away form each other, or Command+Option+Down arrow on the Mac. And that moves those letters in big huge increments like so, and then if you want to adjust them in smaller increments, you release Ctrl or Command, and you just hold down the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and press the Down arrow key.
And I want you to raise that Leading value to 126 points like so, beautiful. Now you can hide the Character palette, and then you can press the Enter key on the keypad in order to accept your modified text. This is it. Folks, now you may look at it and go, well, that's not necessarily the most tasteful text but I think it works really well for this photo illustration that we are creating here. In next exercise, we are going to warp some more text. Stay tuned.
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