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Type size and color tricks Photoshop CC

Type size and color tricks provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland … Show More

Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Video: Type size and color tricks Photoshop CC

Type size and color tricks provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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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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Type size and color tricks
Video Duration: 6m 42s 10h 37m Intermediate Updated Sep 18, 2014


Type size and color tricks provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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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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Type size and color tricks

In this movie, I'll show you how to change the size and color of selected text in Photoshop. Notice that I'm zoomed in on the word 365 here, and let's say I want to increase the size of these numbers. Then, I'd switch to the Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key. And then notice that we've got a type size option up here in the Options bar, and I can select from a preset by clicking on this pop-up menu and choosing, for example, 72. Or I can dial in my own custom value just by clicking on these Ts and entering a value such as 100. Now, by default, Photoshop measures text in points and that means that the type size is relative to the resolution of the image. For example, if I were to go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command, and then I turn off the Resample check box just because I don't want to change the number of pixels inside the image. And I'll reduce the resolution value from 240 pixels per inch to 72. And then I'll click OK. You can see now my text is 333.33 points and that's because if you divide 240 by 72, you get 3.33 repeating.

I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that resolution change. Now I'll see that the type size is once again listed at 100 points. If you prefer to work in pixels, you can dial in a value such as 400 px, so you just have to enter px afterward to let Photoshop know that you're working in pixels. Press the Enter key and it goes ahead and translates that value into points. If you always want to scale your text in pixels, then press Ctrl+K, or Cmd+K on the Mac, to bring up the Preferences dialogue box. Then, click on Units & Rulers and notice right here, you can set Type to Pixels instead, which could be very useful to you if you spend a lot of time doing web work. I'm going to cancel out though because I prefer to work in points.

Now, at this point, I want to move my text down and to the left so it snaps into alignment with this guide intersection right there. If you can't see the guides, then press Ctrl+semicolon, or Cmd+semicolon on the Mac to bring them up. Then grab the Move tool and drag the letters, like so, so that the bottom left of the 3 snaps into place. Problem is, that's not exactly what I want. If I press the T key to switch back to the Type tool and I click inside the text, notice this point right there, the alignment point for this point type, is not where it should be. I want that point to be right there at the guide intersection. And you can do that, notice if you move your cursor out from the text, it changes from the I-beam cursor to a Move cursor. And once you see the move cursor, you don't even have to drag directly on the point or on the text at all. You drag off the text like so in order to move it into place. All right, now let's say you want to scale the letters incrementally.

Then press Ctrl+A, or Cmd+A on the Mac, in order to select all the letters like so. And you'll see that it appears that part of the word Fashion is selected. That's not really the case. Only the numbers are selected. The reason that this highlight area drops down so far and goes up as far as it does is because Photoshop is automatically accounting for the longest descenders and the tallest ascenders associated with this font. Now, if you want to be able to see your text without the highlight, you can press Ctrl+H, or Cmd+H on a Mac. The letters are still selected. It's just that the highlighting is deselected.

And now, you can scale the letters using a keyboard shortcut. If you press Ctrl+Shift+period, or Cmd+Shift+period on the Mac, you'll increase the size of the characters in one-point increments, as you can see up here in the Options bar. And the reason it's Ctrl+Shift or Cmd+Shift+period is because the period key on an American keyboard also has the greater than sign on it. If you were to press Ctrl+Shift+comma or if you prefer, Ctrl+Shift+less than, then you're going to reduce the size of the characters in one-point increments. And this would be Cmd+Shift+comma on the Mac. If you want to go further than that, then you can increase the size of the characters in five-point increments by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+period.

That's Cmd+Shift+Option+period on a Mac. And to reduce the size of the characters in five-point increments, you press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+comma, or Cmd+Shift+Option+comma on the Mac. I'm going to press whatever keys I need to in order to take the size of these characters up to 192 points, like so. And now, I'll press the Control key, that would be the Command key on a Mac, while scrolling down with my mouse in order to center those characters. And I might zoom out a little bit as well. Now, let's say you want to change the color of the text. You can do that in a couple of different ways. One is to click on this little color swatch. And by the way, my text is still selected. I could press Ctrl+H, or Cmd+H on a Mac, in order to bring back my highlight.

But you're not going to want to see the highlight when you're changing the color of the text because the color gets inverted. So even though the text is white, it's appearing black in the highlight. So I'll press Ctrl+H, or Cmd+H on a Mac, to hide that highlight. And then I'll click inside the color swatch to bring up the Color Picker dialogue box. And now, I can change the color to anything I like, such as this shade of green, for example, and then click OK. But what I really want to do is change it to the color of her lipstick. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom out, to press Ctrl+0 and it really took me far out there. And I'll zoom back in so that I can see the text and her lips at the same time. Scroll down a little bit as well. Click on that color swatch and then just move your cursor outside the Color Picker dialogue box and click on the color that you want to lift.

Another way to work is to switch to the eye dropper, and you do it by clicking on the eye dropper, as opposed to pressing the I key. Because if you pressed I, you would change the text from 365 to I instead. And then you can click on any color in the image to lift it. For example, i'll lift a color from her flesh. And then, once you've changed the foreground color, press Alt+backspace, or Option+Delete, on the Mac in order to recolor those numbers. But I'm looking for a color more like this, bright color inside of her lips, and I have a very specific color in mind. Here inside the Color panel, make sure that the HSB sliders are up. And I'll take the Hue value down to 5 degrees. And I want the Saturation value to be 90. And I want the Brightness value to be 75, like so.

And then, I'll press Alt+backspace, or Option+delete on the Mac, in order to recolor those letters. And those are the many different ways to change the type size and color of text here inside Photoshop.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate .

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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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