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For this installment of Photoshop for Designers, Nigel French explains the fundamentals of working with type in Photoshop, distinguishing when it is appropriate to set type in Photoshop rather than InDesign or Illustrator and what makes Photoshop unique for certain type treatments. This course demonstrates essential techniques, such as entering and editing text; interacting with type layers; and adjusting the color, transparency, character and paragraph formatting of type.
It's possible to warp our type in Photoshop and retain that type as still being live editable type. So here is an example of some warped type, and warped type has this appearance. This is what its layer thumbnail looks like, just to indicate that you have a warp applied to it. So if I select that and then come and click on my Warping options up here on the Tool options, we can see that this has an arch applied to it. There are 15 different warping effects. They are exactly the same effects as you have in Illustrator.
What you can't do is you can't combine them, which you may find a little bit limiting, and there may be some things you need to do that require you to go beyond warping your text. So warping may get you so far, at which point you may then need to convert your type to a shape layer, and then you can pull around as much as you want. But at that point of course it's not any longer editable as type. But what we're going to do here in this movie is just stay with editable live type just using the standard warp effects.
So I'm going to turn that one off, and we're just going to recreate this, and I'll select it right there. We'll come and click on the warp. I'll choose my style. Then we just pull it around whichever way we want it to go. Now since we want this to be in the other way, I'm going to make it a negative amount, like so. We can also add in horizontal and vertical distortion. You'll see that these effects, they all have horizontal and vertical distortion. If you were to actually turn the effect down to zero, the horizontal and vertical distortion is the same on each of these different effects.
So you will see in a movie coming up, how we can just use the horizontal and vertical distortion effectively and sort of ignore the actual effect itself, but this was just an arch, like so. Well, let me just show you some other examples. This one, we got two pieces of warped type here and that's another tip: sometimes you may need to split your type on two separate layers to get the effect that you want. Here we have an arch of +44 and here we have the bulge.
So we are combining them here, but they are two distinct effects applied to two distinct layers. Here is an example of a flag. As you can see from the words that I've chosen and the way I have treated them, these kind of effects, they almost cry out for some sort of fairground treatment and that's also partly influenced by where I live. You have obviously seen these types of nostalgic postcards from seaside places, and this combines the use of a Rise effect with a clipping mask and we saw this in an earlier chapter.
This image is clipped to this piece of type. As I'm sure you're aware, you can mix and match all of these techniques and if were to unclip this image by holding down the Alt or Option key, it would look like that. And then when we Alt+Click or Option+Click on the line between them, the image is clipped to the type area. This one is squeeze and also mentioned in the text itself, and this outer shape is just achieved by an outer glow. So if we just look at options there, we've just got a massively spread outer glow that's causing that to happen.
Consider this if you like a trailer for the Layer Effects title, which I'm also the author of, where we go into all these nondestructive layer effects. And then we have another fairground treatment again combined with layer effects. By itself, it wouldn't look so great, but when you add some of these layer effects to it, it actually becomes quite effective. So that's the wave effect. As I said, there are 15 of them, and all that's just a sample off them.
Check them out, see if you like them, and if you don't, the good news is you've not done any damage to your type because you can always turn them off and you are back to the way you began.
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