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Using transformations to draw and correct

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Using transformations to draw and correct

At this point, our logo is pretty fragile looking. I want to bolster it up, as in the case of the final logo. So that's going to mean a couple of things. First of all, we're going to add this triple underline effect, and we'll do that by using transformations within transformations, and then we'll add weight to the letters using layer effects. So I switch back to my image in progress, press Shift+Tab in order to bring up the right side panels. Now at this point we want to modify the contents of the smart object, because that's the easiest way to make sure that those underlines wave along with the text, and to modify a smart object you double click on its thumb nail.

Using transformations to draw and correct

At this point, our logo is pretty fragile looking. I want to bolster it up, as in the case of the final logo. So that's going to mean a couple of things. First of all, we're going to add this triple underline effect, and we'll do that by using transformations within transformations, and then we'll add weight to the letters using layer effects. So I switch back to my image in progress, press Shift+Tab in order to bring up the right side panels. Now at this point we want to modify the contents of the smart object, because that's the easiest way to make sure that those underlines wave along with the text, and to modify a smart object you double click on its thumb nail.

So I'll double click on the thumbnail for the martini hour layer and you're going to get this big alert message. And basically what it boils down to is make sure to save your changes back into the larger composition. I'll show you how that works. Don't use the Save As commands. So go ahead and click OK to open that smart object, and now we're going to make a series of three changes to the canvas size just to make sure that we're getting everything right. So go up to the Image menu and choose the canvas size command. And we're going to start things off in pixels, always pixels.

And I'm going to turn on the relative check box. And I'm going to change the width value to 100. And then I'll change the heigh value to 100 as well, make sure the center square is selected, and then click OK. And that adds 50 pixels all around, 100 in one direction and 100 in the other. Now let's do it again, by going up to the Image menu and choosing canvas size. And the reason we're re-choosing this command is because we're trying to control exactly where the new pixels are distributed. So this time I'll change the height value to 100, not inches but rather pixels, very important.

And I want the top center square to be selected. Then click OK. That adds a 100 pixels to the bottom of the image. And then finally we just want to get the right distribution here. And this was just a trial and error thing on my part. I'm going to choose Canvass Size a third time. Turn off the relative check box. Make sure to switch to pixels. Change the height value to 842. And then click the bottom square, so that we're adding these new pixels to the top of the image, and then click OK.

That's going to give us room that we need to work. Now lets go ahead and zoom in on the lower right region of the image, near the bottom of the arm. And we're going to draw a line, so go ahead and select the line tool from the shape tools flyout menu. And you may wonder why the line tools' organized with the shape tools, well it actually draws very thin rectangles is the reason. Now I want you to set your weight value up here to five pixels, and you may recall that you can do that if you like by pressing the right square bracket key.

In my case I'm pressing left square bracket to move it back to where it was. And now I'm going to draw a line like so while pressing the shift key and I want it to be directly below the U. See how it touches the U there? And now I'll go ahead and auto scroll over to the left hand side of the screen. There we go. All the way past the m, like so. Let's go back to where we were here, just tossing the image around. And I want to make sure that I've gone far enough but not too far, so I'll go ahead and get my lasso tool by pressing the l key.

And I'll Alt+Click like so, down the length of the r, just to draw a selection outline that takes me down to the line, and I need to move my line over a bit. So, I'll grab my Path Selection tool, the black arrow, click on the line to select it, and move it so that its upper right corner point is touching that selection outline. This looks like a pretty good place to start now this point, I want you to press Shift +down arrow three times in a row one two three in order to move that line down and now we need to move the line over again so its upper right point a lines to that selection outline.

That's a good place to start. That's our first underline. I'll press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on a Mac to deselect the image. Notice I have a new shape layer. I'm going to call it underlines and then press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac. We've got this empty layer. Every once in a while, Photoshop throws an empty layer into a smart object. I'm just going to select and press the backspace key. Or the Del key on a Mac. Go back to underlines, and make sure the line is selected with the black arrow. Then let's go and zoom out by pressing Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on a Mac, and I want you to press Ctrl+Alt+T, because we're going to make a duplicate of this line.

That would be Cmd+Opt+T on a Mac. And you'll see these placement options up here. Notice this little triangle. If you click on it to make it active, then you can enter relative values because that's a delta. So instead of absolute positioning values you can enter relative values. Frr example, I want to move this line 35 pixels down, so enter 35 for the y value. And 20 pixels to the left. So, I'll enter negative 20 for the X value. And then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to apply that change.

And because we press Ctrl+Alt+T or Cmd+Opt+T on a Mac, we went ahead and created a duplicate of that line. Now, all you need to do to create a third line is press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T or Cmd+Shift+Opt+T on a Mac and that goes ahead and power duplicates a third copy. All right, that's it, we're done. Here's what that alert message was talking about. You want to go ahead and close this image, this is the safest way to work, generally speaking. And, on the PC, you want to click the Yes button, on the Mac, you want to click the Save button, in order to save your changes, not to disk but rather into the composition itself.

Now right off the bat, its going to look horrible. That's okay, we can fix this. I'll press Shift+Tab in order to hide those right side panels, and I'll press the "m" key to switch back to the rectangular marquee tool. Now you want to press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on a Mac in order to enter the free transform mode. And here's our problem right here. Our width and height values have changed on us. And the reason is the layer itself is still the same size, but we increased the size of the shape inside of the smart object, so as a result, it's going to kind of smooshed in there.

So here's the solution. Go ahead and click on the Chain icon to link these values. And then click W, and change that value to 94.5%. And then, before you exit the Free Transform mode, select this top-left reference point. Make sure that the delta is turned off. Click on the X in order to select it, and change it to 0. And then tab to the y value and change it to negative 100, and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times, in order to accept that change.

So that takes care of the underlines. We created those underlines using transformations, and then when we pop back out, Photoshop automatically warped the lines as well, along with the type Thereby creating transformations within transforamtions. In the next movie we'll thicken up those letters by applying some layer effects.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. 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 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    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. 57m 13s
    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 paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. 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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