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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.
As you have no doubt discerned by now, Photoshop's primary mission is to correct and manipulate digital photographs and scanned artwork. If this comes as a shock, I'm afraid you will need 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, we will see in a later one. Where text is concerned, Photoshop is a more illustration program than image editor.
You can create single lines of type or set text inside frames. You have access to all variety of formatting attributes from typeface to fractional character widths. You can even warp text or attach it to a path, and text layers remain forever editable, scalable, and distinctly unpixel-like. Here, let me show you.
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