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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.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
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 exercise, I am going to introduce you to Area Text inside Photoshop. Now the text that we have created so far is called Point Text meaning that it aligns to a single point and I will show you what I mean. I am going to go grab my Type tool and click inside this text and you can see a point over here on the far left side to the left of the F as in Fright and that is the alignment point from that point emanates the baseline which appears red here and all the letters sit on that baseline. Now the thing about Point Text, it's very easy to create, you just click with the Type tool in order to make it, but it doesn't wrap automatically.
So if I entered some more text here, just typed a ton of text on the keyboard, I just typed about 1000 letters and you can see no wrapping is occurring, the text has gone way outside the canvas, way beyond the edge of my screen, way out there into the digital nowhere zone, nobody even knows what's out there beyond the edge of the screen. But my text is there that's for sure, it knows what's out there and you can bring it back if you want to, you can create a manual line break by pressing the standard Enter key, the one that's above the Shift key on a PC keyboard or the Return key on a Mac, but that's just it, you have to manually enter carriage returns in order to get line breaks.
To compare that I am going to go ahead and press the Esc key because I don't care where that text has been, I don't want it to be part of this line of type here. Compare that two Area Text, to make Area Text, you drag with the Type tool like so and that defines the boundaries of the text block as you are dragging, you can press the spacebar if you want to, that behaves like a standard rectangular marquee so you can move the marquee around using the spacebar if you want. And then when you release, notice that you get a rectangular text block outline essentially.
Alright I am not going to ask you to create any Area Text right now though because I have already created some Area Text for you, area ready if so you ahead and press the Esc key in order to get rid of that Area Text block that you created then bring up the Layers palette. Click on body copy and go ahead and turn it on as well and there is our body copy, encased in a nice text block outline here, nice rectangular outline and the text is wrapping automatically. So Photoshop is in charge of the text wrap just the way it ought to be, don't you know if you are working with a lot of text like this.
Alright, I am going to escape out of there just by pressing the Esc key because one of the things we need to do even though it's great that we have area text, it's bad that it set in the world's ugliest font, the most hideous font ever made by man which of course goes by the name of Courier New. Now your font may not say Courier New and may say Courier something else or just playing Courier, but rest assured they are all unspeakably ugly, that's the tie that binds all Couriers, don't you know, not the people the fonts alright, anyway. Let's say that I want to change the font, that's associated with this Text layer, I would make sure the Text layer is active of course which it is, it's selected here inside the Layers palette.
Then I would click inside the font name I could choose, by the way you can choose from a list of fonts and you get these little previews of the fonts over here on the right hand side of the pop up menu. But here's an even better way to work, just click inside the font name, so it becomes active and then press the down-arrow key to advance from one font to the next or you can press up arrow to go the other direction. And you will see what your font looks like as apply to the current text, so this is elephant, you might not have the font elephant, you may just have a regular elephant in your backyard, but if you have got elephant, it doesn't matter you are going to see whatever font you see.
Who knows what it is, hedgehog something like that, giraffe. The font that I want you to use though is Verdana, that's included on all systems Mac or PC. If you have a specific font that you want to get a hold of and it's located completely at the opposite end of the alphabetic spectrum like Verdana is because the fonts are alphabetized of course, then you can just type in the first few letters like I will type in Ver and sure enough there is no other font in my system that starts off Ver, so Photoshop fills out the rest of the font name with "dana" for me. And then if I like that font if I want to accept it then I press the Enter key and Photoshop goes ahead and applies that font to the text for to use a use a pumpkin, don't you know, much better looking than Courier anyway.
Alright, now let's say that I want to make the first two words Bold because there are kind of a little subhead intro, it shouldn't be I don't want people reading it going, Happy Jacks what is it about to glad, what in the heck is that sentence you know I want to make sure that they understand this is totally separate. So let's go ahead and double click on Happy and then drag over to Jacks. Now what did I just do, let me explain what I am up to a little more slowly here. First of all double clicking on a word, selects the entire word, triple clicking selects an entire line, quadruple clicking selects an entire paragraph, but what I want to do is select a couple of words in row so I will do this, I will double click hold on the second click and drag like this and that way you are selecting entire words at a time.
So again that's a click, click and hold drag, like so. Alright, anyway that's get me the first two word selected and then I want to change it to Bold, I want to change these words to Bold, I could select the Bold style that's associated with this font from the font style drop down menu right here so I could choose the Bold style. Or I can also get to it from the keyboard by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B or Command-Shift-B on the Mac and that will go ahead and automatically select your font's Bold style if there is one available otherwise Photoshop will apply its own Fa-Bold style that's FAUX that is False Bold, which might not look exactly right but sometimes it looks great as it turns out.
Anyway, alright let's also take the word Clowns down here toward the bottom of the paragraph in the last line and let's make that Italic either by choosing Italic from this pop up menu right there or you can also press Ctrl+Shift+I or Command-Shift-I on the Mac. Alright that's good I think everything is looking swell, we have now gotten our first taste of using area text inside of Photoshop. In the next exercise, I will show how to scale your Area Text and we will watch the lines rewrap automatically.
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