|Working With Text
Teacher: Ken Kimura
email: ken_kimura at lsrhs dot net
telephone: (978)443-9961 XT2221
Besides choosing your font, color and size, there are many things you can do to manipulate text in Photoshop. In this exercise your will create a composition of text elements on a document that is Preset size of WEB: 1152 x 864 pixels and apply all of the following techniques.
You can copy and paste randomly generated “dummy text” by going to www.lipsum.com.
Create a block of text where the spaces between each line are very small or where each line slightly overlaps with the next.
- This is set by adjusting the leading in the character palette.
Rotate text to a random angle
- Rotate by choosing: Edit menu / Transform / Free Transform
- Edit menu / Transform / Rotate
Rasterize & Transform
Convert a text layer into a raster layer. Then distort it into perspective.
- Begin with very large text
- Rasterize by choosing: Layer menu / Rasterize / Type
- Distort into perspective by choosing: Edit menu / Transform / Distort OR
- Distort/Warp by choosing: Edit menu / Transform / Warp
- Create some text where the letters are very close together
- Create some text where the letters are far apart
- This is set by adjusting the tracking in the character palette
Apply the “Create Warped Text” to a text layer
- Select the text tool then look for the Warp Text button in your options at the top of your screen
Create a custom brush with scatter using some text
- Convert a text layer into a raster layer
- select the part you want to be used as the brush
- choose: Edit menu / Define Brush
- Name your brush
- Explore brush options similar to the "grass growing" brush. Select a painting tool and explore Color Dynamics, Scattering, and Shape Dyanamics
- Apply a layer mask to a text layer
- Small text masked by large text
The following manipulations/effects are required in your design.
- Text within text (using a layer mask)
- A custom brush - used it in a way that doesn't look like a text layer
- Distorted Text (Rasterize first, then, Edit >Tranform)
- Warped Text 1 - using the Warped Text option
- Warped Text 2 - using the Rasterize function, then, Edit Transform
- Very small leading