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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.
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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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In this final exercise, we are going to take this radial free space text at the top of this document at the top of spaceradio.psd that's available to you inside the 18 Text folder, and we are going to warp the text. We are going to distort it using Photoshop's Warp function. And as it turns out, this warping function as applied to text predates, the warping function that you can apply to pixel-based layers inside Photoshop that we saw a couple of chapters ago. Now, as it stands, this text is pretty comically horrible looking.
It's vastly ugly. We have got just this plain, you now sort of Sans Serif characters here All Caps with wide leading, no less and set in cyan, just a color you really don't want to associate with text, generally speaking, under any conditions. The only thing that this text really is going for so far is that it's not set in Courier, so that's a good thing. However, we are going to transform it into some down right gorgeous text in the context of this document of course. It's going to be pretty over the top, but it wants to be over the top, don't you know.
And for starters, we are going to apply some layer styles that I have already included along with this layer. If you go to the Layers palette, make sure that the radial free space layer is active here. I will go ahead and make the palette a little wider so you can see the full layer name. Then I am going to click the down pointing arrowhead in order to expand the effects that are associated with the layer. Notice, all the effects are currently turned off, that's why we have gray little eyeballs there. Go ahead and click on the eyeball which should be the eyeball in front of effects to make all of the layer styles appear on screen. And what we are seeing here is an outer glow, a little bit of a white outer glow, so you can see sort of some white behind the text, behind the red stroke of the text.
That's the stroke effect right there, that red stuff. Then we have a bevel and emboss inside of the stroke. So that's what's going on there, still ugly. So let's try to make it a little better by changing the Blend mode from normal to overlay. That way, we will see through the letters, so we are using the cyan to basically colorize and highlight the space behind it. Alright, so far so good, now we need to warp the text. We need to warp the text badly, don't you know. So let's go ahead and hide the Layers palette, at least I am going to do that because I don't have enough room to keep it open on screen, and I am going to go up to the Options bar with my Text tool active, that is to say, when a Text tool is active, you can go up to the Options bar and you can click on this little guy right there that says Create Warp Text, and it's going to bring up this Warp Text dialog box right here that allows you to select from different text warping styles.
Now, it's very similar to the warping function that we saw the envelope style distortion warping function, a couple of exercises ago. The big difference is that you don't have a custom option, you can't do your own custom warp when you are modifying live editable text. Instead, you have to choose from a preset, and the preset that I want you to choose is Arc Lower. Now, initially, that makes the text arc downward as you can see here. But we can arc it upward in the opposite direction by changing this bend value, and I am going to change it, and I would like you to as well if you are working along with me, to -40 is the value that I am looking for here.
Now, it looks atrocious of course, but we are going to format the text so that it fits its space much better than this. So a bend of -40 is where we are going to start. Then click OK in order to accept that modification. Now, if you later change your mind, you can just go back here to this text warping function again, click on it, and it will bring up the values that are applied right now, so this is a parametric modification, it's not temporary in other words, it's dynamic. And you can change the style back to none in order to remove that Text Warp or you can change it to some other style if you want to.
Anyway, I am going to cancel out because I was happy with what I had, marginally happy anyway. Now, I need to change the formatting attributes and that's something that we are going to do in the next and final, for real final, exercise of this chapter.
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