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Transforming type using the Warp tool

From: Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

Video: Transforming type using the Warp tool

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.

Transforming type using the Warp tool

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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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 6m 12s
    1. The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
      1m 27s
    2. Exploring type anatomy and terminology
      1m 8s
    3. Setting type preferences
      3m 37s
  3. 34m 28s
    1. Interacting with type layers
      1m 53s
    2. Entering and selecting point type
      6m 27s
    3. Copying a type layer
      3m 6s
    4. Choosing fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Sizing type
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding pixel/point size and resolution
      1m 49s
    7. Entering and selecting paragraph type
      2m 42s
    8. Finding and replacing text
      2m 20s
    9. Spell-checking your type
      55s
    10. Converting point type to paragraph type and vice versa
      1m 23s
    11. Creating returns and non-breaking spaces in paragraph type
      1m 18s
    12. Entering glyphs and special characters
      4m 28s
    13. Applying anti-aliasing to type
      2m 32s
  4. 39m 35s
    1. Changing fonts across multiple layers
      38s
    2. Changing type color
      4m 5s
    3. Sampling color
      3m 19s
    4. Working with transparency
      1m 46s
    5. Applying a gradient
      4m 22s
    6. Setting leading
      3m 56s
    7. Tracking type
      3m 7s
    8. Kerning type
      3m 44s
    9. Using horizontal and vertical scale options
      1m 39s
    10. Using Baseline Shift
      2m 39s
    11. Casing and underlining options
      2m 36s
    12. Giving emphasis
      41s
    13. Using smart quotes
      1m 3s
    14. Working with OpenType fonts
      5m 9s
    15. Resetting the Character panel
      51s
  5. 28m 31s
    1. Aligning paragraphs left, right, and center
      2m 17s
    2. Setting justified paragraph alignment
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning type on an axis
      2m 51s
    4. Setting forced justified paragraph alignment
      3m 4s
    5. Evenly spacing type elements with unique lengths
      2m 29s
    6. Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides
      2m 20s
    7. Aligning type along a radial axis
      2m 32s
    8. Grouping layers
      1m 29s
    9. Adding space between paragraphs and paragraph indents
      2m 9s
    10. Creating a bulleted list
      1m 46s
    11. Setting the hanging punctuation option
      42s
    12. Resetting the Paragraph panel
      51s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Using type mask tools
      3m 10s
    2. Creating masks from type layers
      2m 36s
    3. Masking with a clipping mask
      1m 41s
    4. Masking with Pattern Overlay
      1m 52s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Setting type around a circle
      5m 55s
    2. Setting type along a pen path
      3m 42s
    3. Setting type around a shape
      4m 29s
    4. Create a work path from type
      5m 59s
    5. Rotating type with Free Transform
      1m 15s
    6. Working with vertical type
      1m 54s
    7. Working with stacked type
      1m 44s
    8. Transforming type using the Warp tool
      4m 9s
    9. Distorting type
      3m 50s
    10. Converting type to shape layers
      4m 27s
  8. 17s
    1. Final thoughts
      17s

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