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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.
All right, so I'm assuming you are working with me on the heels of the previous exercise, I still have the Top-of- circle text.psd file opened and I have gone ahead and pasted some text along the bottom of this circle and then I flipped the text because it used to read from right to left along the bottom of the circle. I flipped it, so it reads from left to right along the top of the circle which is far more legible but it's squished into the interior of the circle and I was telling you that we can move the text outward using Baseline Shift and that's what we are going to do right now, my friends.
So my text is active because I can see the blinking insertion marker. If yours isn't, you would just Click some place inside the text. You don't always get the best feedback. I Clicked over here at some place inside the word Vacuum and the blinking insertion mark moved all the way to the beginning of the sentence. Now you can always advance the cursor to a new location just by pressing the Right arrow key. Notice how the cursor is moving along as I press the Right arrow key. If you want to move in whole words, then you press Ctrl and the Right arrow key or Command and Right arrow key on the Mac. And I just want you to know that because it is hard to navigate that cursor manually when you are working with text on a path sometimes.
All right, but it doesn't matter where the blinking insertion marker is. It just matters that it's there at some place, then press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all of that text like so, then we are going to bring up the character palette right here, so that we can see it and this guy right there is the Baseline Shift option and that allows you to move the text up and down with respect to the baseline and the baseline for our purposes is the circle itself. Now we are going to be adjusting the Baseline Shift using a keyboard shortcut that I want you to know about, and it just makes things a little easier as opposed to entering values or something along those lines. Of course, you could nudge it, you could Click inside of here and nudge the value up or down by pressing the Up and Down arrow keys.
That's one way to work but here is another way to work. I went ahead and pressed the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to disable that value there. And I'm going to press Shift+Alt+Up arrow or Shift+Option+Up arrow to increase the Baseline Shift value and move the text inward or Shift+Alt+Down arrow or Shift+Option+Down arrow on the Mac to move the text downward, and notice that Baseline Shift value, right about the time, it comes down to -8 points, that's when the text starts to look good. So every time you press Shift+Alt+Down arrow or Shift+Option+Down arrow or Up arrow for that matter, you are changing the Baseline Shift value in two point increments. All right, so this looks pretty good, just it's not quite exactly right, so I'm going to Click next to the 8 right there and I'm going to add 0.5. That happens to more or less align my type the way I want it to, and you can see that now the E for example, the E in Except is hanging now exactly underneath the circular path outline.
All right, so go ahead and press the Enter key to accept this Baseline Shift value, then press the Enter key in the keypad in order to go ahead and accept your new text and now notice it says, except in the utter and complete vacuum. We are just seeing a second path outline. You might think well, why aren't we seeing a third path outline, because we can only see one layer at a time. So this is the path outline that's associated with the active layer. If you go back to the Layer palette, you will see there is that new text layer. So both of the text layers now exist, and if you want to tidy things up, you could move Except underneath Everyone, because that way, you know everyone is on top, both in terms of stacking order and in terms of physical geometry inside the image, and then the other ones underneath.
Then I'm going to go back to the Paths palette and I'm going to Click underneath the path outline to hide it, and I'll hide the Character palette as well. And we now have text along the top and the bottom of the circular outline. Thanks to our ability to create text in the path and to position text on the path, to flip it to the other side, and to use Baseline Shift in order to align the letters vertically with respect to the path. In the next exercise, we are going to see how to take this hideous text at the top of my photographic illustration and turn it into lovely wonderful vibrant text with the help of warping, stay tuned.
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