Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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Setting text inside a custom path


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Video: Setting text inside a custom path

In this movie, I'll show you how to place text inside of a custom container, because the idea is we want the text to actually ride along the contours of the model's arm. I still have my Text tool selected. So I'll click inside the word make in order to enter that blinking insertion marker. And then I'll select all the text inside the frame by pressing Ctrl+A, or Cmd+A on the Mac. Next, I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C. And now, I'll press the Escape key in order to escape out of the text entry mode.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Setting text inside a custom path

In this movie, I'll show you how to place text inside of a custom container, because the idea is we want the text to actually ride along the contours of the model's arm. I still have my Text tool selected. So I'll click inside the word make in order to enter that blinking insertion marker. And then I'll select all the text inside the frame by pressing Ctrl+A, or Cmd+A on the Mac. Next, I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C. And now, I'll press the Escape key in order to escape out of the text entry mode.

We don't need this layer anymore, so I'll just go ahead and press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of it. Now what I'd like you to do is switch over to the Paths panel. And you can switch to it by clicking on the Paths tab, by default here in the Layers panel group. Or, if you prefer you can go up to the Window menu, and choose the Paths command. Either way, you'll see a couple of paths that I've drawn in advance for you. Go ahead and click on the Container Path in order to make it active. And now I'm going to zoom in on my image like so, so that we can see it up close and personal.

And notice what we have is a path outline. Now, I went ahead and drew this outline using the Pen tool, by the way, and the Pen tool is a very powerful tool inside of Photoshop. I'll be devoting an entire chapter to that tool in the advanced course of this series. But for now just know that it's a vector-based path outline that you can do just about anything with. You can select the image with it, you can paint a brush stroke around it, and you can create text inside of it as well. So, still armed with the Type tool, go ahead and move your cursor into that path outline and you'll see and I beam surrounded by a dotted circle. And that tells you that you're going to create text inside of this object. So just go ahead and Click inside of there in order to set the blinking insertion marker. And for me, it's appearing over here in the right hand side. And then you can enter text from the keyboard, and that text is going to automatically appear inside the path outline. Now, some of my words are too long to fit properly. If I were to enter a space character right about there, and here as well, then my text would jump upward, as you can see. I don't want this text of course, so I'll press Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on the Mac to select it. And then I'll replace it by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Paste command. Or I could press Ctrl+V, or Cmd+V on a Mac, and the text automatically pastes inside of that path outline. Now the reason the word make is dropping down to a second line is because it's too big to fit on the first line. If I were to click between the k and the e and press the spacebar, then you would see that the word Mak would go ahead and wrap up to that top line. Anyway, we don't want it to. We want it to be where it is, so I'll get rid of that space character. And then I'll press Ctrl+A, or Cmd+A on the Mac, in order to select all of that text. And I'll make it flush right by pressing Ctrl+Shift+R, or Cmd+Shift+R on the Mac, and that's all there is to it. So now I'll press the Escape key, or the Enter key on the numerical keypad, to create that new text layer. So you can see, if we switch over to the Layers panel, we do have a new text layer, so that text is reinstated on an independent layer. Meanwhile, as long as that layer is selected, we can see its outline here inside the Paths panel and it's indicated by this guy right there, in italics. Which tells us that it's a kind of temporary path outline. We'll only see it here in the Paths panel as long as this particular layer is selected. And so, if at any time you wanted to modify this custom container, then you would modify this path here, not the original container path.

And you would do so, just so as you know, by switching down to this Black Arrow tool, the one that Photoshop calls the Path Selection tool. You would click and hold on it and switch to the Direct Selection tool. And you would click, for example, on the segment right here in order to make it active, and then you could drag these points around if you wanted to. And you could make that top line longer by Shift dragging this top handle like so, and that would allow the word Make to fit. I don't want to do that however. So I'll press Ctrl+Alt+Z or Cmd+Opt+Z on the Mac, couple of times in a row in order to undo the movement of those two anchor points.

And again, I'll explain in detail how to work with path outlines in a future chapter, but for now there's a couple of more modifications I want to make to the text. First of all, I'll press T to switch back to the Text tool. I want the 5 to wrap down to the next line, so I'm going to go ahead and click and drag over 5 minutes like so, in order to select it. And then I'll press Ctrl+T, or Cmd+T on a Mac, to bring up the Character panel. And I'll click in the Flyout menu icon in the upper right corner, and I'll choose this command, No Break.

And that'll go ahead and keep those two words together, while maintaining all of this text here as a single paragraph. All right, now I'll press the Enter key on the numerical keypad in order to accept that change. And I'm going to go ahead and zoom out here, so that I can see both of my paragraphs of text. And I want the kerning to be a little different, so I'll switch back to my Layers panel and I'll Shift-click on New Miracle Diet, so that both of these paragraphs are selected. And with my Character panel still open, I'll go ahead and click the down pointing arrowhead next to the word metrics, and I'll switch it to Optical.

And that gives me what appears to me at any rate to be better character spacing. All right, that takes care of those teasers. And in fact, I think I'll go ahead and place these two layers in a single group by pressing Ctrl+G, or Cmd+G on a Mac, to group those two layers together. And I'll double-click on the name of the group and I'll change its name to Teasers, because these are in fact the teasers that invite you to buy the magazine. So that's how you go about creating text inside of a custom path container, here inside Photoshop. In the next movie, I'll show you how to create text along a path.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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