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Create a Postcard in Photoshop using Clipping Masks

Melissa Piccone, Adobe Instructor

Create a Postcard in Photoshop using Clipping Masks

Melissa Piccone, Adobe Instructor

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13 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Bridge & Libraries

    • 3. Retouch Background

    • 4. Create a New Document

    • 5. Warp Type in PS

    • 6. Warp Type in AI

    • 7. 3D Type Effect in AI

    • 8. Prepare Layers from Letters

    • 9. Clipping Masks

    • 10. Add Borders

    • 11. Add and Style Text

    • 12. Conclusion

    • 13. BONUS: Character Panel & Adobe Type

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About This Class


This class is for all levels of Photoshop. You will learn how to create clipping masks and use a few of the retouching tools in Photoshop. We will create and warp type in Photoshop and Illustrator. We will also create a cool 3D type effect in Illustrator. Using Illustrator as part of the project is completely optional, you can do the whole thing in Photoshop.

Use the provided images or create your own custom postcard with your personal images. I can't wait to see your postcard projects. 

Skills you will learn include:

  • Using Libraries in Bridge, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creating 3D type effect in Illustrator using the blend tool
  • How to create clipping masks in Photoshop
  • Working with smart objects
  • The Spot Healing Brush
  • Content Aware Move Tool
  • Create and warp type
  • Layer styles
  • How to make borders in Photoshop

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Melissa Piccone

Adobe Instructor



Hi, I am an Adobe Certified Instructor. I teach many Creative Cloud apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. I teach one on one and small group classes in my online classroom. I love to provide custom training for students who need help with projects. 

I live in Colorado and am an Adobe User Group Manager for the Denver Creative Cloud User Group. If you are local, come check us out. Look for a local user group in your area. They are a great place to meet new people and learn new things. 

I hang out at the Adobe User Forums as an Adobe Community Professional. There are about 300 of use all over the world dedicated to answering questions. It's a great resource when you have questions and need help.

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Melissa. Welcome to my class on how to make a postcard inside of Photoshopped. I'm just gonna give you a quick overview about what we're gonna do today. And if we take a look at our screen in the background, you can see that I have the first video open here. And in this video, I'm gonna teach you how you can use libraries inside of Adobe Bridge. In the second movie, we're gonna be using some of the retouching tools to prepare the background four hour postcard. Then we're gonna create some text and warp it inside of Adobe photo shot. And if you prefer to create some three D text, we will be creating and warping tight inside of Adobe Illustrator. And then we will add a cool three D effect inside of Illustrator. This is completely optional. You could do everything inside a photo shop. You just won't get the three d effect. We'll move on to learning how to create clipping masks inside a photoshopped to fill our letters with images. We'll add some finishing touches to our postcard by creating some fun borders and some greetings text. I really look forward to seeing your projects and thank you for watching my class 2. Bridge & Libraries: I have Bridge open, and I have added my project files into my favorites folder so that they're easy for me to find these air All the files that I've provided for you for our postcard you're free to use my files or you can use your own. If I click on the postcard file and hit the space bar, it will show up nice and big in my screen. And I just want to let you know I'm going to be using Illustrator to show you how to get the three D effect on the type. But you don't have to use Illustrator if you prefer to do everything in photo shop. I will also show you how to do this type in photo shop, the differences. If you just used photo shop for the type, we will not have the three d effect to get out of this view. Aiken just hit escape on my keyboard, and we're going to start off by taking a look at our libraries. Want to teach you how to use your libraries here inside of bridge at the top of the screen ? We have different work spaces, and I'm just going to click on the library's workspace. What it does is rearrange the panels for me on the right hand side, I can see my libraries panel, and what I want to do is click on the little drop down at the very bottom. It says Create new library. I'm gonna call this library postcard and click the create button. Now I can see all of my files that I have to work with. I'm going to start on the very left hand side and just click on that 1st 1 and then I'm gonna scroll to the right, hold down my shift key, click on the last one and then go ahead and click and drag into my libraries and bridge is up, loading everything into my libraries for me. We want to begin with the image of the kids on the beach, so I'm gonna select that image here in bridge Double click, and it's going to open up inside a photo shop. Let's begin our project by creating the background image 3. Retouch Background: we're going to begin by fixing up this picture so that it can be the background of our postcard. The first, most obvious thing that we need to do this image is to straighten it out. I'm going to use the crop tool. I click on my crop tool and up in my options bar. I have a straighten tool. It kind of looks like a level. I'm gonna go ahead and click on that straighten tool, and I'm going to just simply draw a line along the part of my image. That should be straight, and when I do that, it automatically straightens it. For me, it's super quick, super easy. You can also move your cursor off the side of your crop box and you can click and drag. It will bring up a grid, and as you click and drag, it'll rotate your image for you. So that's another way you can straighten your image. Now, of course, once a straighten, it needs to be cropped. And to accept my crop, I'm simply going to click on enter or return on the keyboard to complete cropping my image . Some other things I want to dio I have this person in the water I want to get rid of and I want to move the kids around, so I'm going to zoom in on the lady in the water. First, I'm gonna switch back to my regular move tool here, and I'm gonna just drag a little box around her and zoom in on her. I don't have scrubby zoom turned on. We can also use scrubby Zoom will turn that on. So it'll work next time, and I want to get rid of her, but I don't want to alter the actual pixels of the image. So what I'm gonna do is create a new blank layer, and I can do this non destructively. So nondestructive workflow means that you can edit your image and you won't actually harm any pixels, someone to create a new layer. And I'm going to double click this layer. And I'm just gonna call this content aware because I'm gonna use it for a few things. I'm going to switch to my spot healing brush in my options bar. I have to make sure that sample, all layers is checked. We take a look in our layers panel. I'm in a blank layer. So if sample all layers is not checked, it won't work. And I haven't set to content aware. And all I'm going to do is quickly just kind of scribble over her and she's gone. It's super easy. It's like magic. I'm now gonna zoom out. So Space Bar Plus Commander Control plus Ault Or if you have scrubby zoom on, you can just click and drag and space far for your hand tool I want to be able to see the kids. So what I'm gonna dio is make a selection of them and I'm gonna use content aware move to move them over to the side and then I want to flip them so they look like they're going out of the picture and I want them to be facing the other way. I'm going to start with my content aware move, tool, and I'm going to make a rough selection around them. I do not have to get perfect. And you actually you don't want to get perfect. You want to have kind of a lot of pixels around the edges. It just works better that way. So now that I have my selection just a double check of in my options bar. I need to turn on sample all layers. I also have transform on drop, and I want that turned on cause I'm going to flip them so I can move them over here. I'm paying attention to the background, some trying tow line, the waves up with the waves in the background or the shoreline with the shoreline causes gonna work a little bit better that way. What I can do is right click and I can flip horizontal. And now the kids are coming into the picture instead of walking out of the picture. And I might rotate this just a little bit because the better I get it lined up, the better this is gonna be. I'm pretty happy with that. I'm going to go ahead in hit, return or enter on my keyboard to accept it and see what happens. And it's thinking it didn't quite work. If we take a look, it cut my son's head off. No problem. We're just gonna do it again. I'm just going to do an undue command or control Z to undo. This time I'm going. Teoh, ad the space between the kids and let's see if that works a little bit better. Flip horizontal, move them up, rotate just a little bit hit, return or enter. And it worked pretty good. So the only thing that looks a little bit off is the horizon line, and it looks off over here a swell. So I'm going to do select all of that. I can fix that pretty easily. I'm gonna have so much stuff going on on this page. I'm not too concerned about it again. I can try with my spot healing brush to kind of come in here and clean that up. And it didn't really work that well. I'll try the regular healing brush, and this works similar to the clone stamp tool To use it. I have to hold down the Ault or option key, and I always click where two things meet so I can line it up again. If I make my brush bigger, I'm just hitting my right bracket key. It's not working because I have sample current layer turned on. I need to say current and below, or all layers. Either one doesn't matter. Okay, so now it did actually sample it and Now I can see I have what's called a loaded cursor. And with it loaded half and half, half water and half sky, it makes it really easy. Teoh, line it all up and fix this. But I'm gonna make my cursor a little bit smaller. My brush, little but smaller. I'm just using the left bracket key to do that. I'm just going to click and drag. I have to stop and start again. And then I can come over here and do the same thing. I'm just going to click and drag. Now I'm gonna zoom in this part a little bit trickier. Hold down that alter option key. Select inside of the water maybe a little bit farther out here, and then I can just kind of paint that water back in behind her. All right? I think that looks pretty good. Remember, we're gonna have a lot of stuff on top of this image, so it doesn't have to be perfect. I'm happy with this. At this point. I can save it as a PSD file and then bring a PSD file into the new document that we're going to create or I like Teoh use smart objects. So over my layers panel, I have the top layer selected. I'm gonna hold down the shift key and click on that background layer. Right click. I'm going to say convert to smart object. Now that we have a smart object, we can save it as a PSD file to our computers or we can copy it into our library. I'm going to show you how to do that in the next movie, and we're also going to create the new document that will be the base for our postcard. 4. Create a New Document: Now that we have cleaned up our image and it's already two g o into our postcard. We actually need to create our postcard document that we want to use at this point. We have to decide what we want to do with this image. We could use this to turn it into a postcard. It's a much larger image, and I would prefer to save this in case we need to access it later. As a separate image are smart object can easily be transferred into a new document, which is exactly what I'm gonna show you how to dio. But first, I'm going to tell you some other options that you have. If you think that you want to keep this image around, you can open up your libraries panel and you can simply drag and drop it into your library . Now, you have a copy of this document in your library. You can also save this as a PSD to your hard drive, go up to the file menu and choose save as and then you'll have a copy. I'm just gonna leave it open the way it is. Commander Control N will give me the option to create a new document. I'm going to print this document eventually. So want to go to print and inside of print? I can set my with 26 inches by four inches, which is a typical size for a postcard making sure my resolution is set to 300 pixels per inch. Go ahead and click Create gives me a new blank document under my window menu. I can go to arrange to up vertical. This lets me see two documents at once. If I click on my kids Beach image, I can grab that smart object and drag and drop it to my new image. I can now safely close the kids Beach PST. I've already saved it is the PSD file. Plus, I have it in my library. Pluses. In this new document, close that right up. I don't need to save it, and you can see it fills the screen nicely is very big. It's a little too big for what I want to do with this document. I'm gonna zoom out. You can use your keyboard shortcuts, Space Bar plus Commander Control, and if you have scrub museum turned on, just click and drag to zoom out. I can then do Commander Control T to get my control handles, grab a corner and I'm going to resize this down. If you take a look in my options bar, you can see how small I'm making my image. This does not have to be exact. You don't have to copy my numbers exactly. But if you want an idea about what size I'm making, mine is around 43%. When you're happy with that, you can hit, return or enter on the keyboard to accept it. And if I double click on my hand tool, I can see my image nice and big inside of my screen, which is how I like to view my image in the next movie. I want to show you how to add text in photo shop. And if you prefer to do the three D text in Illustrator, that'll be the movie after that so you can skip the next one 5. Warp Type in PS: in my options bar. I can start setting options if I want to, but I'm going to have to make some changes. After I go ahead and do the tight, I'm just gonna tight. And then I will open up my character panel and make changes that way. Click with your cursor and we're gonna type in ocean and hit the returner in Turkey and then type in city. You can see my type isn't even close to what I want. I'm going to grab my move tool. I can open up my type panel or my character panel. If you don't see your character panel, you can go up to the window menu and choose character here and my character panel. As long as I have my type layer selected, Any changes I make are going to show up in my type. So the first change I want to make is the size, and this is not nearly large enough. I have scrubby sliders in here. I can place my cursor over the little to tease there and click and drag, and it will increase the size of my tax and then I can just move it around and see if it looks OK. That looks OK, but I don't like this font it all From the drop down, I'll choose a different font. I already have one installed from adobe type called Barricade A pro you can use any big fat font that you want will work with this project. If you have a creative cloud subscription, you should be able to download and install Barricade a pro and actually you don't even need to download and install. All you need to do is click on this little message here that says, Add fonts from type kit, Search for barricade a pro. Turn it on and it will automatically be installed and you should have access to it. Now that I have the type, want to make sure that my letting is okay, So the leading to the right is also adjustable and I have a scrubby slider here so I can slide it up and down and I want those letters pretty close together. I have all caps turned on. I want to make sure that my text is in all capital letters and I also want to make sure that my text is a line to the left, so you can check that out in your paragraph panel. Okay, Back to the character panel. I want to change the color of this text. The color doesn't really matter, but because minus white, if I leave it wait, it's gonna be hard for me to see the stroke that I'm gonna add to this later on in color, I'll click on that colored ship and I'll just move my mouse out and pick a blue color. Or you can pick whatever call you want. Like I said, that color doesn't really matter. Go ahead and click. OK, I want to warp my type here in Photoshopped to make it look a little bit better. To do that, I need to go back to my type tool. So I have my type tool as my active tool. I have my type layer active in the layers panel in my options bar. I have a little icon that will allow me to create some warped text. I'm gonna click on that icon and from the drop down I can choose different ways of warping my text. Feel free to play with this and you can see how it works. I'm going to choose wave for my warped text. If you just kind of move that out of the way a little bit, you get a better feel for how it's gonna look and you can play with the sliders. I highly encourage you to always play with sliders. This is how you can learn how to use photo shop. However, when you play with the sliders, most people grab this lighter and kind of do this and you can see absolutely nothing is happening. You have to stop and let Photoshopped redraw the screen. Do it a little bit more. Let Photoshopped redraw the screen so you can't just slide all around. You have to give photo shop a chance to catch up. When you are happy with this, you can go ahead and click. OK, if you're going to be using this type and not going into illustrator, you can skip the next movie. The next movie. I'm gonna show you how to create three D type and illustrator and will be bringing that type back into our document. You don't need both pieces of type. Choose the three D type and illustrator or the warp type in photo shop. He only need one for our project 6. Warp Type in AI: Let's take a look at how we can create some type inside of Illustrator and make it look three d. I have illustrator open. I want to click on Create New and in the new document Dialog I'm gonna choose print from the drop down menu. I choose inches. I'm gonna make it the same size six inches wide, four inches tall and click on the create button. Now I have a document that I can use to create our text. Let's grab our tight tool and just click to add some type. I'm going to type in Ocean City and then switch to my selection tool over in my properties panel. I have a character section where I can choose some different type. I'm going to choose something called Barricade a pro barricade. A pro is from adobe type. If you have a creative class subscription, you should have access to adobe type, and you should be able to download this font. However, if you don't have this font or you don't have access to it, you can use any big fat font for our project. The size is way too small. I'm simply going to double click on my layers panel here to make that a little bit smaller . So I can Seymour information here in the character section, and I want to increase the size quite a bit. So I'm just gonna type in 2 50 hit Tab. That might have been a little bit too much. Let's try 100 and 50. That looks a little better. I want this to be all caps. If I click on the little dot dot dot i get more information here in Illustrator and I haven't all caps button I can click on. I also me to change the letting or the line spacing, so I'm going to reduce this. I'm just clicking on little down arrow. If I add shift, it'll go a little bit faster and then I can just grab the text and kind of move it around in here. It's still actually too large to do the same thing. Hold down the shift key in that down arrow. I think it's starting to fit in here nicely, but my let ings not quite right, So let's get city up. I'm pretty happy with how that looks. Let's move on and we want Teoh warp our text with our text selected, we can come up to the object menu and we want to choose envelope distort, make with warp. When I click on that, it brings up the warp options box and from the drop down list, I want to try Wave and I can play with the sliders a little bit and see what kind of cool effects I can get. I think I might try flag Onley That's a little too much. Go a little bit less than that. So flag or wave, or if you find something else that you might prefer, you can choose that one as well. When you're happy with it, go ahead and click. OK, at this point, I can't really see what's happening on our postcard because I don't have a background image . But I do happen to have it in my libraries. If I bring up my libraries panel and I grab that image that we've been working with, I could just drag and drop it here onto Illustrator. Close that up and it's way too big, so I can simply resize it. An illustrator. You need to hold down the shift key why you're dragging the corners to resize it, and my image is being a little difficult here. If I grab a corner and hold down that shift key, I can resize it and get it to fit. I can also resize it in the Properties panel. I can set the width of my image to six inches and hit tab, but I forgot to lock the proportions. So undo Commander Control Z lock those proportions and let's try that again. Six inches hit tab and I could move it down so it fits. If I right click on my image, I can tell it to arrange, send to back, and then I can see my type on top of my background image. So I'm pretty happy with that. That's gonna work for me. I can always change the size back in photo shop. Let's go ahead and turn this into some three D text 7. 3D Type Effect in AI: I want to duplicate this text just in case I need to go back and do something else to it. Quick. Easy way to do that. I can just copy and paste command. See, to copy Command V to paste. And over in my layers panel, I can turn off the eyeball for one of the layers to hide that layer. You can see I've also locked my layer in the background so that I don't accidentally select it and move it around. I'm gonna come up to the object menu and choose expand. And when I do that, it turns each letter into its own object. The letters are all grouped together in a big group. As we can see over in the layers panel. I'm going to change the color from black. You can make the color whatever you'd like. I'm going to start off with some red and orange colors. I need to duplicate this text again and create a little bit of an offset to create my three d look. So I'm going to copy and paste one more time and the top one and the bottom one. I'm just gonna offset them. It's hard to see because of the same color clicking on the top one. I'm going to change the color of the top one. I'll make it yellow. If I don't like these colors, I can always change them later on. This is kind of a three D Look, not is great as what I'm about to show you. You could leave it just like that. But I want to use my blend tool and blend these colors together, and it gives it very cool effect. And to do that, I don't need to have anything selected. I can just click on that background. Since I have it locked, it won't select it. So I have nothing selected. I'm gonna grab my blend tool and I'm gonna click on the bottom and then click on the top. And it created this weird blend. That's not exactly what I'm after. But if I double click on my blend tool, I get my options. I'm going to turn on preview and I'm going to choose specified steps. I'm going to try 12 steps and hit tab. See what happens. That looks pretty good. I think I like 12. You can do 15. You could do 10 you can play around with it. I'm gonna click. OK, and if I don't like the colors, I'm not so sure about that yellow. I'll just switch back to my selection tool. This is now become a group. The whole blood is a group I have to double click to get into isolation mode. Click again on the top yellow text. Click in the Phil and I can change this color to whatever I want. Maybe I want to dio like a brighter yellow or orange and make it a little bit more subtle. I think something like that is kind of cool. Reminds me of the summer sunshine. You could make this text whatever color that you want and then back in my layers panel. I need to hit escape to get out of isolation mode. Or you can hit the little back arrow in the upper left corner of the screen if I turn on my envelope text again and I can drag it to the top so it's covering up. So I accidentally added it to the blend. Let's Commander Control Z to undo that. That's not what I wanted to dio. I'll just drag the blend down. I want the envelope text to be on top and I can line this up So I'm going to use this text as Thean Div Egil pieces once I get back into Photoshop So I think I want to go ahead and choose to expand this text as well. And I'm gonna copy over both the expanded black text and my blend text into photo shot And the easiest way to do this It's a dragon drop. I have Photoshopped open. I can simply make my illustrator window a little bit smaller. Bring photo shopped to the front, then click on Illustrator again and I can drag and drop the black text. Go ahead and place it despite hitting the return key back into Illustrator. And this time I'm gonna grab my blend and drag and drop that into Photoshopped as well. Just hit Enter Return on the keyboard Once is here in Photoshop I can use my move tool and put thes into place how I want them to g o and I want to make sure that they're in the right order and that the black text is lined up on top of the other text to ensure that these stay lined up. And I think I'm gonna make this text a little bit larger. I'm gonna shift Click. So I have both layers selected down in the layers panel. I have a little link icon. I'm gonna link thes layers together now, I could just move them around. And if you see if I select nothing in the layers panel and then click on one of them, they all linked together. I think I want to make this text a little bit bigger. I'm gonna turn off our text that we created a photo shop because it's distracting. And to do that, I'm going to do transform, commander, control tea and just drag the handles a little bit until the text becomes the size that I want. That looks pretty good to me. I'm going to just go ahead and hit, return or enter. I didn't lose an equality by doing that because thes guys are vector smart objects and vector graphics can be resized. I'm happy with this in the next movie. I'm going to show you how to start breaking apart the letters to use them for clipping masks 8. Prepare Layers from Letters: Now it's time to take our text and get each individual letter onto its own layer. We have two different options here. I'm going to turn off the eyeballs for the text that we created in Illustrator. If you created your text and photo shop, you still have a layer that is warped type. In order to do the next steps, we need to rast, arise your type, and to do that, you simply with the layer selected, come up to the type Drop down menu and you can choose Rast Arise Type player. You can also right click on that type player and choose Rast arised layer as well. It's currently great out because I've already done it. That's the first thing if you are going to use the vector smart object from Illustrator, close up our photo shop. One. The Vector Smart object also is gonna have to be rast arised. Same exact thing, right? Click and choose Rast Arise layer and what that does is it creates just a bunch of pixels. It's no longer live. We can't go in and make changes inside of illustrator anymore. Now we're ready to start breaking these pieces of text apart. I'm going to continue with our project using the text from illustrator. If you choosing to use the text from Photoshopped, the steps are going to be exactly the same. There's no difference from here on out. So starting with my vector smart object, I'm going to rename this layer. It's not a good name and call this text. It doesn't really matter. But I want to start selecting the letters. And one of the easiest ways of selecting each letter is to actually use the magic wand tool because my letters air solid colors. So with a magic wand tool, I can click inside of the O and I get Theo. I want Teoh paste this into his own layer. I can use an easy keyboard shortcut called Commander Control J. I remember that keyboard shortcut by thinking about jumping it to a new layer. So command J on the Mac control J on the PC, and I now have the letter O. I'm going to make sure that I name each one of my new layers. I clicked again. It didn't work. I need to go back to my text layer and again I'm gonna de select command or control de to de select everything. Click with my magic wand tool Commander Control J to jump Teoh a new layer. Double click on that layer one. Just call it Jay. I'm sorry. Call it. See So that we know what it iss back to the text layer. Click on the letter E Computer control J jump into a new layer. DoubleClick Name this e a quick, easy shortcut. So I don't have to keep going over to my layers panel and selecting that text layer. If you hold down your command key or your control key on the PC, your cursor will change. Teoh your move tool and I could simply click on the layer where I want to go. And if you look to my layers panel, it's switched back to the text layer. Click on a jump into a new layer Name that a hold down Commander Control. I have to click twice for some reason, click on n. Now this one's a little bit tricky because the tea and the why are actually touching each other. So what I can do is come in here with my polygon lasso tool. Hold down my alter option key and just kind of get right in between these letters. And obviously I do not want to select the why disclosed that up. So I have just the tea selective. Jump my tea to a new letter layer and call it tea and then I'm going to repeat the process . Click on why? Use my polygon lasso tool Hold down. Alter option to subtract the t from our selection Commander Control J to jump it to new letter layer and name it. Why? 9. Clipping Masks: Now it's time to bring in our images from our library. Click on your library icon and we can come in here and just drag and drop images onto our file. I'm gonna go ahead and hit, enter or return to accept that close up my library. And if I want to do this more methodically to make sure that each image is paired with each letter, Aiken do that right now or I can do it later on. It doesn't matter. But just to be kind of more efficient in what I'm doing, I'm going to do it now. So the Surrey image I know I wanted to go with the letter n. So move it up into the stack in my layers panel and what I'm gonna do is create was called a clipping mask. There's several different ways of doing this. You can right click on the layer and say, Create clipping mask can see that my image shows up on Lee inside of the letter end, and I can move that image around in there. I can also right click again and say, Release, clipping, mask another way to do it. And this is my personal favorite way of creating a clipping mask. If you get your cursor right in between those layers on between the Surrey layer and the letter n layer and hold down your alter option key and your cursor will change to a different icon so you can see the icon on my screen is now like a square with this weird little arrow that shoots out and points down holding alter option. I simply click, and that creates a clipping mask. My image is way too big. I need to make it smaller. So we need to do a transform command or control T on the keyboard that I can simply grab one of the corners and make it smaller. If you want to not have to move it around while you're doing that, a little trick is to hold down the altar option key while you drag a corner and it will resize from the center. So I want to make sure that we've got all three faces here inside of our letter end and that I'm not making it too small to fill up the entire letter here. I'm gonna have toe play around with this a little bit more. It's not quite fitting. If you need to rotate your images to make them fit a little better. You can do that as well. Okay, I'm happy with that. I'm gonna hit, return or enter on the keyboard, and I'm gonna go through and do that for each one of these letters. So if I click on the letter O and then open up my libraries and I know that I want the Ferris wheel image to go inside of the letter O someone to drag and drop that out. Go ahead and hit, return or enter. Close my library to get it out of the way. Hold down. Alter option. Create that clipping mask. They can move it around inside of their commander control T to resize, holding down alter options so it stays in the center and I can get my Ferris wheel to sit inside of that letter the way I want it to enter or return. And I'm going to start the process all over again. This time I'm going to click on the letter C. And the reason I'm doing it this way is because I know that the images will come in in the layer right above the letter that I'm working on. You can drag him all in at once. A swell oops. Grabbed the wrong one there, undo. You can grab them all at once and bring him in and then kind of sort him out later. But this way, I don't have to fuss with figuring out which layer goes with which letter. I'm gonna speed this up so you don't have to watch me do the same thing over and over. It's literally the same process for each one. Now that we have all of our images in there, we can close up our libraries panel and to make my layers a little bit more manageable, I want to create a group. I'm going to click on the Ferris wheel, which is my top layer, and hold down my shift key and click on the Y Layer, which is my last layer, and Commander Control G. And it will put it inside of a group. Make sure you name your layers, Andrew groups. I'm gonna call this letters. You can call it whatever you'd like. Just don't leave it. Group one. And don't leave your layers. Layer one. I promise it will make a difference for you. Make sure you name your layers, my letters layer or my letters group needs to go underneath of my text layer. What I want to see here is simply a white outline to make those pictures stand out inside of those letters. And to do that, I have my text layer selected down under FX at the bottom of the layers panel. I'm going to choose stroke. I want a white stroke click inside of the color chip and you're going to click on White a trick. Make sure that you actually click and drag all the way up into the corner. White is 2 55 to 55 to 55. If you just click up there, it won't be wiped. So make sure you've got white. Go ahead and click. OK, you can change the size of this stroke. This line, I kind of like where it is right now. I'm gonna leave it set that way and click. OK, now I can't see through my letters and I want to be able to see through my letters. So what I can do is in my layers panel. We have something called Phil. If I reduce the fill 20 I will still be able to see my white stroke. But I can't see the letters. And then I can turn on my vector smart object, which is my layers in the background. And now I have all of my big fat letters filled up with images. The next step we want Teoh, add some more text and some borders Teoh be able to complete our postcard. 10. Add Borders: let's begin to add some finishing touches to our postcard, starting with a border. There are lots of different ways of making borders inside a photo shop. I like to use the rectangle tool, but in this case I'm going to choose the rounded rectangle tool, and I'm going to draw out a rounded rectangle that is about the size of our image here. When I released the mouth, the properties panel pops up. I want to click on the Phil button and set that to none with the red Slash, then select the stroke and make it a dark blue color. I can't see that stroke. I'm going to increase the size and find something that I like. Maybe right around 50 pixels, 51 pixels there. But what I want to see is on the inside. I want to see it rounded. If we noticed the corners here, they're very tight, perfectly square corners. That's not what I want to make sure that I can see it. I'm gonna start by increasing the rounded corners. I have a scrubby slider. You can just click on the image here and kind of slide it to the right, so I'm giving the corners some very nice rounding there and I can change the alignment of my stroke. If I change the alignment to my stroke to the outside, then it's on the outside of my image now. I can't see it, but that's okay. All I have to do is make it smaller, Commander Control T. It's lined up pretty well. So I'm gonna hold down my alter option while I grab a corner, and it's gonna keep it kind of centered for me. So as I make it smaller, you can see now the inside is nice and round, but I can also see the outside. So back in my properties panel, I need to increase the size of that stroke. I need to hit, return or enter first to get rid of my transform, go ahead and move this slider bigger. And now the edges are all filled in. I can close that up and the insides are nice and round, and I really love the way that looks. I want to add a second border just to give it a little more punch. And to do that, I can simply come down to the FX menu at the bottom of the layers panel choose stroke and I'm gonna add a light blue stroke. I might choose something that is a little bit brighter then this particular blue here and I can play around with this. Remember, you can always pick out of blue from your image if you just wanna move your cursor over. But I want something a little bit brighter. I think I like those colors. I'm going to go ahead and click the OK button click OK again. You can change the size of the stroke if you need to also. Ah, the position of the stroke matters here as well. So you can do center. You can do outside or you can do inside doesn't seem to be making too much of a difference . I'm gonna go ahead and click, OK, I want my border to be underneath of the letters and I'm just gonna grab that layer and drag it down underneath. So now the borders underneath and the letters are on top and I really like the way that looks. The only thing that I'm not liking about our postcard now is the three D letter effect. I don't like those orange colors they don't match. They don't go with what we're doing. I would prefer Teoh use the blue colors that we just use for our border. For the three D effect, the vector smart object can be opened up inside of illustrator and altered Again. All you need to do is mouse over the layer thumbnail and double click. And when you do that, it will automatically open up inside of Adobe Illustrator and in Illustrator. We can make the changes to our three D letters. I need to go into isolation mode in Illustrator, I have my selection tool, double click Select the top letters and I can come over to the Properties panel and click on Phil. Now, unfortunately, there's no colors in here, but we can fix that. If I just pop back over to Photoshop real quick, I can open up my libraries and I can grab my eyedropper tool and select the dark blue in the bottom. My libraries panel Click on the plus sign and add foreground color. Select that lighter blue that I used. Click on the plus side. Add foreground color. Now those colors air my libraries now back in Illustrator If I open up my libraries panel, there's the colors that I used. And I'm going to choose the light blue for the top and then click on the bottom and shoes the dark blue and it updates that blend. It's updated my file. I can save it, Commander. Control s to save. And then I could just quit Commander Control Q to quit. Or you could just close Commander Control W I'm just gonna quit, illustrator. I don't need to have it open and be in there anymore. And when I come back in a photoshopped, it automatically updated those three D letters. For me. The last piece of our postcard is to add some greetings text. 11. Add and Style Text: Let's put the final touches on our postcard by adding some greeting text and to get started . I want to select my type tool up in my options bar. I can set up some options. I have chosen a font called a Laura, and this font is a script font that I installed from Adobe type. I'm going to simply click with my cursor and type in the words Greetings from now. If you have not changed your taxed says the last time we used it, it's possible that you have all caps selected, so make sure you don't have all caps selected. I'm using a Laura at 40 points, and I have this yellow color selected to select a nice color. You can click on the color chip, move your cursor onto the screen, and if you want to select a color from our document, you can like maybe the yellow in the biggie board here. Or there's a nice yellow in the fund slide or there some bright yellow that I can see here with the Ferris wheel. Or maybe you just want to use the color picker and choose a nice light yellow color. I'm happy with that I'm gonna go ahead and click, OK? And to make it stand out a little bit more, I want to add a drop shadow over in the layers panel. I'm going to go down to the FX button. Click on that Choose drop shadow my drop shadows looking a little weird here. Just so you know, you can actually click out and move the drop shadow around on your screen. I'm going to make some changes to the default drop shadow. The first thing I'm going to do is I don't like the black. I'm gonna actually click on that black color and choose my dark blue from my border. I think that looks a lot more interesting. Click OK, And I'm going to play with some of these sliders until I get something that I like. My size is a little bit too much here, increase this part may be increased my spread just a little bit. I want it kind of dark and kind of big. The other thing that you can play with to change how this looks is the angle of the light. I'm happy with that and I'm going to click. OK, I'm going to add some more text. This text is going to say New Jersey and back to my move tool. What I want to do is create the same effect. But I don't wanna have to start from scratch again. A quick, easy keyboard shortcut. Hold down your ault or option key on the keyboard. Grab that effects and just drag and drop it up to New Jersey, and it will duplicate the effect of the text for you. And I could bring that down a little bit and get it into place the way I want it, and that is our postcard. 12. Conclusion: thank you guys for taking this class. I just want to do a quick recap on everything that we covered inside of our class on how to make a postcard inside of Adobe Photo Shop and in the background you can see I have a bridge open. We began in bridge and we created a brand new library and we added our images to the library to make it easier to access them during the creation of our postcard. If we jump into Photoshopped, we started off with our background image and we used the healing tools and the retouching tools to fix up that background and get it all ready to go inside of our postcard. And we added some text in photo shop and we worked that text. We also added some text and created new text inside of Adobe Illustrator and we worked in an illustrator and we used the blend tool to create a cool three d effect. And then we broke all of our letters apart and we created clipping masks. So we clipped each one of our images to each one of the letters to create this cool effect of having our images inside of our letters to finish up. We added some cool borders and some greetings text along with some styling of that text. And that was the end of our postcard. I really look forward to seeing your post cars, and I encourage you to use your own photos to create your postcards. But feel free to use the photos that I provided for you again. Thanks so much for watching this class. Don't forget to post your projects and leave a review. Thanks. 13. BONUS: Character Panel & Adobe Type: Throughout this class, we've been talking a lot about type and adding type and using our character panel, I'm going to open up the character panel, pull it out. So it's floating and I want to explain everything that's going on in here in a little bit more detail. You guys already know that from the drop down, you can choose a font toe work with. We have a filter at the top. I have my filter such a script because that was the last type of fund that I used. If I turn my filter off and say all classes, you can see the reason why I did that. I have a lot, a lot, a lot of fonts. I'm accidentally changing the fought in the background. As you can see as I move over my fonts, it's actually giving me a preview of what it looks like. So I'm gonna come up here and click off of that and over in my layers panel, I'm going to click where there's nothing at the bottom, so I have no layer selected, so I don't accidentally overwrite what I'm working on right now, So let's go back into that drop down and you can see you can filter all different types of classes to the right of that is a little TK. But in their T K stands for tight Kitt adobes changed the name. It's now called Adobe Fonts, but the logo has stuck, and now I'm limiting what I'm looking at. Two. Just my adobe fonts that I have installed. I happen to have a lot of them. There's no limit to the number of adobe fonts that you can install on your computer. If I unclip that, I also have a star. If I click on the star, I've got a couple of favorites. So if you are constantly using the same fonts over and over, go ahead and star those fonts and you can just click on the little star next to them. I can click on a Laura, and then you can quickly and easily find those fonts. You can also find fonts that are similar. So if I click on similar, I had a Laura selected. It's bringing up fonts that it's thinks look similar to that allure a font, and I can see if I like any of them over to the right I have a little button that says, Add fawn from type kit. I'm going to click on that, and it brings up a browser here inside of my browser. I am logged in to adobe fonts, and I can search for whatever I want. So if you already know the name of a fine, you can go ahead and type that in there. I was looking for a font for a signature with my name the last time I was in here. So that's why it has my name in here. And I was looking for a nice script font. If I click on script, you can see I can come through and take a look and see if I like any of those fonts. If I decide that I do like some of these fonts, all I need to do is click on view family, and it will show me all the fonts of the family. This one happens to have only one, but if I click on activate Font that fought will now be activated and I'll have access to it in my applications. I want you to know that adobe fonts are available to you in any application on your computer. It's not limited to just the adobe applications. So I'm gonna have access to this inside of Photoshopped. But I'll also have access to this inside of Microsoft Word. So let's just take a look, Volusia. And if I jump in here, I can start typing V O L. And it hasn't quite updated yet. Sometimes it does take a few minutes. Let's keep talking and will come back and check on that font in a few minutes and see if it has updated itself. So let me choose a font that I know has some various styles, like myriad pro over to the right. I have the style of font. This one happens to have a lot. So I have regular italics bold black, etcetera and you can choose from the drop down there. You can also choose the size of your fun. I've shown you how to do this several times in here and you have a little scrappy slider or you can type in a number to the right of the size. You have something called letting and the letting is also known as line spacing. So we create line spacing, and we did play with this When we created Ocean City, we altered the letting the spacing between the word ocean and city because we wanted it kind of tight underneath of our letting. We have something called tracking. So this V and this A here are their tracking. And the way this works is it creates spacing between all of your letters. So if I just create a new document really quickly here and I type out a couple of words, I'll just type out Ocean City. Since that's the text that we have been using. And I'm going to switch this to all caps and let's make it a dark colors that we can actually see what we're doing. I'm also gonna pop over to my paragraph panel and center this text. If I want the word city to expand and be white enough to fill up ocean. I can use my tracking now. I had the whole piece of text selected, so I'm gonna undo that Commander Control Z and double click and choose just the word city. And then I can spread that out and sew. My tracking creates spacing between all of my letters to the left of that, the V and the forward slash in the A, this is called Kern ing. And what Kern ING does is it allows us to actually change the spacing just between two letters. So if you look closely, I'm gonna change the size of this text first So you can really see what I'm doing here. I don't think that's gonna be big enough. Let's make it nice and big on the screen. Okay? I can double click. I'm gonna place my cursor between the O and the C. And if I click and drag, I have this whole scrubby cider cc Aiken Make it more or less I'm going a little crazy Now I need to slow down But if I go less see, I'm removing the space between the O and the C That's called Koerting and we used turning entitles and headers to make our text look better Underneath that we can make our text tall and skinny or we can make it short and fat. We can adjust the baseline. So, for example, if I did a period and I wanted the period to move up, I could select that period. And again, I have a slider. I could move that period up and you can see it went a little bit crazy there and moved it up a little bit much. But it'll move that period so I can put it right into the center of that text, if that's why I want it, and then I can use it more like a graphic. We can change the color by clicking on the color chip. You can do a faux bold, so if you're using a font that doesn't have a bold version and you want it a little thicker , you can use faux bold. You have faux italic, all caps, small caps, superscript sub script underlying and strike through. And so that's just kind of a nice quick overview of that character panel. I want to talk more about the fonts specifically, So I showed you how you can add funds for type kit or adobe fonts. Let's see if that new ones there and there it iss. So if I select Ocean City and I type in vol. It showed up. Sometimes it just takes a few minutes, like I said, for to show up, but there is that fine. I brought in from type kit this veloute, a script that I now have access to my click down here. You'll also notice that I have different icons for my fonts. So the green icons thes air, obviously the type kit fonts that we've been talking about are the adobe type funds I have t ts were Stanford true type, and I have owes which stand for open type. They're just different types of funds. The true type fonts have been around since the nineties. The open tight funds are a little bit newer, and they have more characters, and they have more options. So with an open, tight font, sometimes I might have an alternate. For example, I'll just give you an example. There's an adobe type kitv on this lust script display, and if I double click and select a letter, there's this little gray area at the bottom here and I can select an alternate capital. Oh, so it looks more normal and not every font is gonna have alternates, and not every letter is gonna have alternates, but often times you confined alternates inside of Theodore B type font and the open type fonts you will not find them inside of the true type fonts. There's also something new called Open type Variable Fund. So let's just see what that does. If I select this text and I switch it to a variable fought here, we'll try. Minion, Minion, Variable thought. My properties panel pops up and I have these weird little sliders here so I can move these sliders around and notice that I can change the weight of my father using these sliders. It's kind of cool. It's kind of like being able to change things on the fly. If we look, it's because it's a whole bunch of different versions for styles of the font, all smashed into one. And that is a little crash course on fonts and how to use them and how to get adobe fonts installed. Thanks for watching