This section deals with the use of rulers, layers and type. The most interesting part of this section is the introduction to the use of type as a design element.
Why rasterize type or choose to use type as a shape? Text styled in a particular font will lose its shape if the photoshop file is adited, possibly on another machine, without the specified font. Photoshop will attempt to use a substitute font and the look of the original text will be lost. Converting the type to a shape or raterizing will convert the text into a design element, an image and will retain its characteristics regardless whether the original font is installed on the computer in use. Of course, there are caveats to this process.
Adobe Photoshop CS4: An Introduction by Dr. Michael N. Roach is now for sale as a PDF
There are still a lot of people using Photoshop CS4 even though Photoshop CS5, and now Photoshop CS5.5, has been out for some time. We were contacted by a few students who are still in need of this information so, in the spirit of sharing, this series of downloadable lecture notes for CS4 has been made available.Originally, these notes were part of the material given out with the demonstrations and lectures during Dr. Roach's Photoshop workshops. Much of the basics remain unchanged between CS3 and CS5, though the tools may have moved around.
Some of The Topics Covered Include:
- Photoshop CS4 : Intro to Color Settings, Menus, Tools, Healing Brushes
- Photoshop CS4 : Image Editing- Adjustment With Curves
- Photoshop CS4 Retouching: Curves, Levels & Exposure.
- Photoshop CS4: Rulers, Layers, and Type
- Adjusting Perspective with Photoshop
- Retouching Backgrounds
- General Retouching Techniques using Brushes, Red Eye, Layer Masks