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Tutorial #8 - Basic functions/tools in Photoshop 7 - part 4

Tutorial Type: program tutorial #4
Skill level: beginner
Program used: PS7
Notes: This tutorial is part four of a series that I am going to do that covers the more common tools in Photoshop 7. This series is intended for those who are learning PS7 for the very first time. I can't say right now how many tutorials there will be when the series is complete but they will be posted 1-3 days apart. Be warned, this is image AND text heavy.

Before we get started I just want to apologize that it's taken me so long to get this next section up. I have been having some personal problems and that's why it's taken a bit longer. Sorry!

We last left off with the Sponge tool. Today we will be starting with the Path Selection Tool. For this tutorial I won't be using any photos because there is no real need. Sorry gang! ;)

Path Selection Tool
The path selection tool allows you to reposition a path component (including a shape in a shape layer). You can copy parts of the image, merge other parts together, reshape them, move them, or delete them.



The most simple use of this tool is to move part of your image or shape somewhere else. Click on your selection and drag it to the new location. You can move some of it off the working canvas and it will still be available.



To make a working path that you can do more with, select the shape tool and then click the path button on the options bar. This will allow you to create all the paths you want and then you can merge them, move them around, delete them or whatever else you may want to do.



*You can see the combine button in the second screen shot. It is available when the pat selection tool is the active tool.* I'm not really going to talk about this tool much more than this. I have never used this tool (before now) and for the purposes of this series, we aren't going to go into much further detail.

Direct Selection Tool
The Direct Selection tool is used in conjunction with the path selection tool. You can use this to reshape your path, add more anchor points which can be used to reshape or delete your path.



I have included a shot of what the context menu is when you right click on a path. As you can see there are all sorts of things you can do with a path. Basically, with this tool, you click once on the path so the anchor points show up. You can then use those points to reshape your original path. As you can see, you can also fill that path, stroke the path, delete it or add more anchor points. Probably the easiest way to show this is to give you a visual example.



I put a second rectangular path at the bottom to give you a better of idea of where to look on the square for each step. I have also included the history in the screen shot so you can follow along. Now, when you add a new anchor point, it will also include control points which allow you to further stretch and twist your path.

Step 1: Drag upper left anchor "northwest"
Step 2: Add anchor to bottom of path
Step 3: Drag new anchor point "south"
Step 4: Drag control point "southwest"
Step 5: Drag control point "east"
Step 6: Add anchor to right side of path
Step 7: Drag anchor point "west"
Step 8: Drag control point "south"
Step 9: Add anchor path to original stretch (step 1)
Step 10: Drag anchor point "southwest"

I then right clicked on the path and selected Fill Path. I was given the following menu:



From here you can choose how to fill the path and other options for how the fill should appear. I chose 75% opacity and selected the pink colour for the fill. I left the other settings alone however you can fiddle with them if you wanted to try something else as well.

Like the path selection tool, I'm not going to go into much more detail. I'm just introducing you to these tools. :)

Text Tool
The text tool, I am sure, everyone is familiar with and if not I'm sure you can at least surmise what it is for. It's for adding text to your image of course!



On the option bar as you can see, there are all sorts of things you have to choose from. Let's get a quick summary of the different options. (A visual example of all the appropriate sections is to come)

(1) Change the text orientation - set it to vertical or horizontal.
(2) Font Face - which font you want to use. Here I have selected Arial as you can see.
(3) Font Weight - Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic are the options here. Not all fonts will have each option.
(4) Font Size - how big or small your font is. *NOTE: If you have set your font size to 300 px and it is still very small, make sure your resolution is set to 72 px/inch*
(5) Anti-Aliasing - None, Sharp, Crisp, Smooth, Strong - this is used to smooth the edges of your text so that it is not so jagged. The only time you may want to set it to None is if you are using a bitmap font.
(6) Text Alignment - Left, Center, Right - how the text is aligned
(7) Text Colour - What colour your text will be
(8) Create Warped Text - Puts the text into a curved shape of some sort
(9) Toggle the Character and Paragraphs Palette - just what it sounds like ;)
(10) Apply or cancel the changes

Here is a visual example of each section.



Vertical Text Tool
This is exactly the same as the regular text tool except you start off already vertical. You have all the same options as you would with the regular text tool.



Type Mask tool
When you use the horizontal type mask tool or vertical type mask tool, you create a selection in the shape of the type. Type selections appear on the active layer, and can be moved, copied, filled, or stroked just like any other selection.

What this means is, it is basically like the lasso tool or the rectangular marquee or any other tool you would use to create a selection except it is in the shape of text. This gives you more flexibility for how you fill your text so that rather than just solid colours you could use gradients for example. Here is a an example of what I mean.



All you have to do is create a new layer and start typing with the Type Mask tool. You can use the horizontal or the vertical - they are similar to the regular type tools. Once you have your text typed in, select your fill - I decided to use a gradient and I dragged the gradient from the top left to the bottom right to get this effect.

Next time we will be looking at the pen tool and the shape tools.

The next tutorial may not be up for a few days. As I mentioned at the beginning, I am having some personal problems but I'll get them up as quickly as possible. Thanks for all of your encouraging feedback gang!
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