Help me do my job
Now that I can do just about any touchup task in Photoshop, I’m delving deeper into its power, a power that is so great that many people refuse to even attempt to attempt more than the basics.
My task today was to skew/distort/warp/flatten/insert-your-word-preference-here text. It was much more difficult than I thought it would be, and I couldn’t find anything in my many Photoshop books or online that would explain to me in detail — step by step — how to do what I wanted to do. Maybe I wasn’t using the correct terminology for trying to look it up in a book or search for it on Google or YouTube.
The problem with other people trying to teach you via books and videos is that there is no way for you to ask a question if you don’t understand something. That leaves the writer/teacher to make presumptions about what you do and do not know. Teachers making presumptions can cause students to leave bad reviews, bad comments, etc.
After studying several chapters in my books and watching billions and billions of YouTube videos, I decided to throw them all away (not literally!) and try to work things out logically, taking a cue from Mr. Spock.
Here is the picture that, as my wise old grandmother would say, was the basics to start with:
A few flaws here and there (the rock at the upper left, spots here and there), but overall it’s a good picture that can stand on its own to make a statement. However, I wanted to include a couple of statements, which is hard to do when it’s an actual picture. So I cloned out the rock, leaves, and unwanted spots, and then converted it to a sketch (Filter ► Filter Gallery ► Sketch ► Photocopy ► Detail 3 and Darkness 34), giving me this:
Then I added my text statements. I’m not going into detail about how I added the text because I’m not really sure I could explain what all I had to do. I’ll keep practicing and when I have the best way to put text into perspective like this, I’ll do another How I Did It . Meanwhile, though here are two results:
I am not 100% satisfied but I’m getting close. I thought I would put up this post before I gave Zoey the Cool Cat a bath……….:)
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