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This installment of Photoshop for Designers explains how to create beautiful typographic effects and challenges designers to expand their creative mindset with type. Author Nigel French describes how to combine letters and imagery and how to illustrate ideas with type, often with just a few simple tweaks to the letterforms themselves. The final chapter contains a few creative projects, such as fashioning portraits and maps comprised entirely of type.
Sometimes, Repetition and Pattern can be very effective. All I have here is a question mark and an exclamation point. Together, they make an interabang. I have set the Opacity of the question mark to be 60%, so that we get some interaction where the two characters overlap. I'm now going to group them as one by selecting both layers and pressing Cmd+ or Ctrl+G. To get multiples of them, I'm going to duplicate the Layer Group, Cmd+ or Ctrl+J. I'm going to do that six times.
So, I now have a total of seven. Then, with the top-most group selected, I'm going to hold down the Shift key, so that I can only move along the horizontal plane, and move that out to the right-hand edge of my canvas. Then, I will select all of those groups, and come to my Distribute Icons. I want to distribute Horizontal Centers and I'll get that result. Now, I want to, one-by-one, go to each of the question marks and fill this with a pattern.
So, I'm going to double-click to the right of the Layer Name, come to my Pattern Overlay. I'm going to choose a pattern from my Pattern dropdown and if I don't see any here that I like, I can come to load some more, I'm going to use Nature Patterns. Of course, you can make your own patterns, you see me do that in a number of the movies in this title. I'm going to append the Nature Patterns to what we already have, and I'm just going to use these. Okay.
That's all there is to it. I won't carry on, the rest is all repetition. Here is that end result. Despite being very simple, I think it's effective.
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