Not to tread on Colleen’s Martini Hour post—honest, you gotta check it out: it’s our first Digital Member Be-In show, another crazy-but-brilliant Colleen concoction—but I just had to take a moment and share with you what I’m up to these days.
Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals is burning up the charts at the lynda.com Online Training Library. And my revamped Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One book (with exhaustive all-new videos) is nearing completion. So I thought I’d let you know, I’m close to wrapping up my follow-up video series, Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, a file from which appears below.
Please remember, this is no afterthought course full of additional stuff in the unlikely event that you want to be acquainted with everything in Photoshop. This is hard-core, must-know, essential info, packaged in an independent course purely for the sake of expediency. Remember how they made J. R. R. Tolkien divide Lord of the Rings into three parts? Which is insane, because if you didn’t read the whole series, how would you know what happened to Fodo and Gollum and Samwise? It’s like that, except that no one made me do it. I volunteered the idea and everyone said, “Yeah, whatever. Keep recording, man!” Simply put, it’s the sequel.
I feature an image from today’s chapter, “Text and Shape Layers,” (above) for three reasons: First, as with Fundamentals, virtually all the project files are new. (Okay, so I repurposed one file, that of a fragmented dollar bill, pictured below. But only because posting a slice of legal tender as a 3-bit PNG file makes me chuckle, very deep inside.) Second, I revamped my previous outline so even the organization is altogether new. And third . . . damn! I know there’s a third reason but now I forget.
Hold the phone, I remember. Third, I’m psyched about the chapter I just finished recording tonight: Chapter 2, “Text and Shape Layers,” might sound like a boring one. (Candidly, every time I say the word “leading,” I want to garrote myself.) But it’s not. In fact, “Text and Shape Layers” might be the most exciting design-oriented topic in all of Photoshop. Here’s why, expressed as an insanely detailed image:
Just look at how the high-resolution text and shape outlines (those snippets of smooth lightness) interact with the hairs from the model’s head. How does Photoshop produce such a masterwork? By layer-masking the vectors and then exporting the final composition as a PDF file, that’s how. Which is why that paltry 6-minute and 49-second Photoshop Top 4, Feature #38: Vector Type preview reveals itself in fully 26 movies. Not to mention, a half-hour Adobe Photoshop One-on-One book video to boot.
For the record, the base photograph comes from Andrejs Pidjass of the Fotolia image library. Isn’t it stellar? Gosh, I like this image.
Quite honestly, much as I admire and relish Illustrator and InDesign (did I mention I have gobs of training about those applications as well?), Photoshop is more gifted at blending vector and pixel elements than any other program on the planet.
That’s it for now. I’ll let you know more when I finish.