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Create a Powerful Photo Album Text Poster in Photoshop!

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Photoshop CC 2018 tutorial for versions CS6 and later, showing how to design and create a powerful text poster filled with your favorite photos.


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Marty Geller

Blue Lightning TV Photoshop!


Marty Geller, Founder and Director of Blue Lightning TV Photoshop, has had a long career providing on-air and print work for the television and entertainment industries. Clients have included NBC, ABC, CBS, VH-1, numerous advertising agencies, national magazines, recording labels and major book publishers. His television work includes "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Saturday Night Live", "Dateline NBC", "Today", VH-1 and Paramount Television. Marty has designed record album covers, book jacket covers and logos. His illustrations have appeared in "Psychology Today", "New York" and on theatrical posters that have appeared on Broadway and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. Marty has received Emmy Awards for his work in television and numerous awards for his w... See full profile

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1. Photo Album Text Poster: Hi, this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I'm going to show you how to create a simple but powerful poster of text made with your favorite photos. This tutorial is for Photoshopped versions, CS six and later. Create a new document by either pressing control or Command N or by going to file and new make. The Measurement inches. Make the wit eight. The height 10 and the resolution 150 pixels per inch. The color mode is RGB, an eight bits per channel. If the background isn't white, either open the list of background contents and pick white or click the box and pick white , then click, create or open First. Let's create guidelines for our text. Go to view and click new guide. Lay aft. Make sure columns and rows are unchecked and margin is checked for the top left bottom and right type in 0.5 inches each. This creates guidelines 1/2 inch all around. Open your horizontal type tool and make sure your foreground and background colors or black and white, respectively. If they're not pressed D on your keyboard, open your list of fonts and pick a heavy sand. Sarah Font. I'm using Thanh Do if you want to use it as well. I provided its link in my videos description below or in my project files. I'll temporarily use a point size of 75 sharp and center alignment. Click on your document and type that your first line of text To adjust the space between all of your characters. Highlight the entire line and press ault or option as you press the right or left arrow key on your keyboard. This is called tracking to adjust the space between two characters called turning. Place your cursor between those characters and press the same key strokes. Next will size airline of tax to the guidelines. Click your move to and Prince Control Command T toe Open your transform tool, drank your text near the top left corner of the guidelines and go to the lower right corner of the transforms bounding box. When you see a diagonal double arrow, press and hold shift as you drag it in or out until your text is close to the right guideline. Then press enter or return. It's okay if your characters overhang a little past the guideline. If it looks good optically, we can always adjust it later if we want press T to open your type tool, click on your document and type at your second line of text. Adjust the turning and click your move to open your transform tool to size and position the second line of text. We wanted to be flush with the bottom of the first line to slide it up one pixel at a time . Press the up or down arrow key on your keyboard and the rest of your text using the same steps as you did for the 1st 2 We want air text to be flush with the bottom guideline. If our block of text is too short or too long, scroll to the bottom of the layers panel and shift. Click the bottom text to make all the text layers active, then press control or command G to place them into a folder, name the folder text. Open your transform tool and go to the bottom middle of the bounding box. When you see a vertical double arrow, drag it down or up until your text is flush with the bottom guideline. Then press, enter or return. We can hide the guidelines by President Control or Command H. Next, we'll create a photo mosaic. The first step is to organize all of your photos that you'll want to use in your poster and place them into a folder to determine how many photos you'll use. First, decide how many rows and columns you'll want. I'm using eight rows and five columns, so I multiplied the number of rows with the number of columns to get the number of photos I placed into my folder. After you've placed your photos into a folder, go to file automates and contact sheet, too. The contact sheet window may look a little different than mine. If you're using an earlier version of photo shop, the source image is folder. Click. Choose and locate the folder that your photos air placed into its location is automatically placed here. Choose inches and make sure flatten or layers is unchecked. You'll see why later. I've found that using the same signs and resolution as our document will result with our pattern of photos becoming rather blurry. However, if we double the width and height to 16 inches by 20 inches and double the resolution to 300 pixels per inch. Our photos will end up much sharper in our poster. Just keep in mind that increasing the size and resolution of the contact sheet document will make it extremely large. The mode is RGB color, an eight bits per channel. I'll place the thumbnails across first. For this example, I'm using eight rows and five columns by uncheck ing. Use auto spacing and keeping the vertical and horizontal both zero. It will make all of our photos flush with each other. Uncheck rotate for best fit. Since we don't want any of our photos to be rotated, make sure use file. Name as caption is unchecked as well. Then click OK. Photo shop is now automatically positioning each photo onto its own layer with its own layer mask. The reason we didn't choose to flatten the layers is so we can adjust the size of each photo within its respective layer mask. To do this, we first need to click off the chain link icons on each layer, which unlinked the layers with their respective layer masks. Doing this allows us to resize and reposition the photos without moving their lamb. Asks after you've unlinked all of them make sure your move tool is active, then check auto. Select. Now when you click a photo on your image. Auto Select automatically selects that photo on the layers panel and makes it active. Open your transform tool. Go to a corner on when you see a diagonal double arrow, press and hold ault or option plus shift as you drink it in or out. Then press enter or return Notice your photo is confined inside its layer mask. Continue these steps for each photo until they're all sized and position to your liking. Go to edit and he find pattern all. Name it 16 by 20 by 300 which is the width, height and resolution off my contact sheets. If you're contact sheet has a different size and resolution, just type them in. Open back your poster. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click pattern. I'll reduce the scale to 10% but feel free to use any amount. You could always change it later. If you want to feel your text with your photos will clip the pattern layer to the text below it. To do this press control old G on Windows or command option G on a Mac. Or you can go toe layer and create clipping mask. Click the adjustment layer icon and click black and white. Clip the adjustment layer to the text by either pressing the shortcut keys or by clicking the clipping mask icon to see our text. Better will darken our photos. To do this, click the Adjustment Layer icon again, and this time click levels. Clip it to the text Andrey the output Highlight slider to the left. Next. If you have a period or other punctuation mark at the end, I'll show you how to replace the photos in it with a solid color scroll to the bottom of the layers panel and open the text folder Control, click or command. Click the large T next to the last word you typed. This makes a selection of its shape. Open your lasso tool and click the intersect with icon. Draw around the punctuation mark, toe isolated selection. Scroll to the top and make a new layer above it. Click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the new layer. Make the layer active and fill it with black Double click the black layer toe, open the layer style window, click color overlay and the color box. Pick a color you like. I prefer using this method of using color overlay because you can change the color of the shape you're filling instantly. Presently, the shape is oblong, and I'd like to make it into a circle. I'll use my transform tool to do it. In the center of the transforms bounding box is a tiny symbol called the reference point. I'll drag it to the center of my shape, which will make this the fixed point for any transformations I do. I'll go to the bottom middle of the bounding box and press and hold Ault, or Option plus shift as a dragon up to squeeze the shape from its centre to resize it. I'll go to a corner and press and hold the same keystrokes as they drag it out from its center. If you liked this tutorial, hit the subscribe button at the bottom right, this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching