“Try getting your feet wet in the pool of your own knowledge first,
before asking someone else to let you soak in theirs.”
|1. Look in the help file under "edit"|
|2. Open a picture or photograph|
What I mean by browse is, have a look at the content of Photoshop's many menus.
Open the IMAGE menu and apply some functions.
Open the IMAGE/Adjustment... menu and apply ALL of the functions in that menu.
Open the LAYER menu and apply ALL of the functions in that menu.
T I P S
Here's something I'll do EVERY TIME I'm trying to achieve an effect I'm not familiar with, or an effect I'm doing for the first time: (even if it's a very simple effect!)
When I try out different filters/techniques, looking for the one that'll get the effect I'm after, I'll try AT LEAST 3 settings for each filter/technique I try - low settings (subtle effect), medium settings (average effect), & high settings (extreme effect). After doing that with a variety of the filters, and doing that every time you are looking for a specific effect, you'll very quickly start to learn what each filter is capable of - and most of the time, you'll also discover that every PS filter can be used for at least 1 other type of effect that it was not originally designed to produce (usually it's more than 1). And THAT is what will teach you more about Photoshop than any book (or PS Guru) ever could.
A good side-tip to that advice is to scour the Web and see what others have done with PS. That can also provide you with some ideas of the program's abilities. And, a lot of the time, it'll inspire you to try something specific yourself - which will lead you to the process I mentioned above.
|3. Create a new document with a transparent background|
Now, so long as that is checked on, anything that you do to the text in your layer WILL NOT affect the area surrounding the text. It will only affect the area that is inside the text itself -- the pixels that make up the letters. Thus, Photoshop is 'preserving' the transparent areas of the layer; if there is any.
So... knowing that now, go ahead and do things to your Type layer. Apply filters, paint a different color into it, apply the Spherize & Twirl filters to it. In other words... get to know what happens to your image when you have the 'Preserve Transparency' box turned ON. And you'll ALSO learn to know which filters and functions you cannot apply to a Type layer, without first Rendering/Rasterizing it.
The 'Preserve/Lock Transparency' option has always been one of the most common things that people have tended to over-look, when trying to apply an effect, and it doesn't seem to work out properly for them. Keep in mind too that this function can be turned on for any type of layer containing transparent areas -- not just for Type layers.
The time you spend doing these things I've suggested on this page, will help you to get the most out of the new and, no doubt, exciting things that you will be learning from ALL of the Photoshop sites on the web that you go to. Including mine! Please consider doing these things BEFORE you tackle that next 'cool text effects' tutorial you've had your eye on. You really will see an improved understanding of what it is the person giving the tutorial is trying to explain to you. If I come up with any more suggestions for this page I will post them. If this interests you then please come back & check this page out to see if I've added any new ideas ok.
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