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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.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
As you've no doubt discerned by now, Photoshop's primary mission is to correct and manipulate digital photographs and scanned artwork. If this comes as a shocker, I'm afraid you're going to have to go back and re-watch the entire series. But there are two exceptions. The culprits are text and shapes, neither of which have anything to do with correcting or manipulating digital photographs, scanned artwork or pixels in general. Text is the subject of this chapter. Shapes are coming right up. Where text is concerned, Photoshop is more illustration program than image editor. You can create single lines of type or set type inside columns. You have access to all varieties of formatting attributes, from regular stuff like typeface to weird stuff like fractional character widths. You can even warp text or attach it to a path and text layers remain forever editable, scalable and distinctly un-pixel-like.
Here let me show you.
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