|In this tutorial I will guide through people who may be new to the world of GFX and signature making. Please note that this tutorial will only cover the use of the program PHOTOSHOP. For the moment i won't talk about image ready, as this is intended for people who are startig out or just want to add a few skills.|
|What I Will Be Covering|
•Fonts and Installing them
•Defining Patterns and Brushes
•Jargon translation (Complicated terms in english)
•Effects for layers
Fonts are what give your piece of work a unique style as compared to other pieces of work. Many fonts can be found around the net, one of my favourate places is:
|LINK-DA FONT .COM|
When you down load a font in a.zip or .rar file you will almost certainly see these:
Most will know this, but to install these fonts, you must place them in the appropriately named "Fonts" folder on your PC.
To access this folder take the following steps:
Start>My Computer>C Drive>WINDOWS>Fonts
Move your file here, either by copying the file when highlighted (ctrl+C) and pasting it in the folder (ctrl+V) or moving it manually.
To help beginners i have upload all of my fonts, and all of them are ready to down load, the file size is just under 20mb large
|LINK-MY FONT DOWNLOAD|
OK open up photoshop, File>New, In THIS forum our limits are 150x500, those measurements are in (px) which stands for pixels, so select your new piece of work at those dimensions, or anything below. So for this example use these settings:
You new document will be transparent, so, the checkered effect will not stay, the checkers represent nothing is you will, only things you add will appear on the document
If you wish to have a plain background where it says transparent you select this:
Ok so we're ready to go, so that you will understand everything which follows this, on the top tool bar select window and use the following settings:
You should see this as well:
Starting from the top left column and going down and then going back up to the top of the right hand column and down againhere is a list of the most important tools which will get you started and tell you what they do, along with the variations of the tools when you right click on them:
(Note some minor tools may be missed out) Only the Most Important Tools are explained here. Not All will be included.
•Marquee Tool:Allows you to create shapes which can be used in combination with the fill tool, you can use this tool to select areas where you want to apply effects.
Right Click Efffect Allows you to change the shape of your shape
OtherHolding shift while dragging to create a shape will make your shape dimensionally perfect, eg. without shift you could create an oval shape or a rectangle, holding down shift will allow you to make perfect sqaures and perfect circles.
Dragging across the rectanglualr marquee over the whole of your canvas, then selecting EDIT then STROKE you can add boarders to your sig, changing the px will affect it's thickness, Lower px = Thin Boarder
Higher px = Think Boarder
There's also the option to change your colour
•Lasso Tool:This will allow you to make custom shapes and more detailed than the marquee tool as it allows you to make customs shapes around objects on the page, to use you drag along, however you must connect to the begginning of the where you started before you let go otherwise the shape will be lost. You can use this tool to cut out shapes and move them
Right Click EffectThis allows to change the way the lasso tools works, the polyganol lasso tool allows you to make a polyganol shape around your object, it only does straight lines, to anchor a point click on the page, and continue until you reach where you started again, you can always find where you started becuase a small circle will appear near your cursor.
The Magnestic Lasso tool allows you to make a shape around a shape of a particluar colour or shaded shapes of the same tolerance, so for example say you wanted to cut out this:
The tool automatically selected all of this for me, becuase it's distinguished the black pixels against the other pixels (in this case there were none, due to the transparent background)
•Crop: Much like the marquee selecting your area you can chop up pictures and use sample from them
•Eraser Tool: In normal mode this will erase anything you've added, and will phyically remove the pixels you select, alhough it will only remove the pixels for the layer and not other layers, to delete stuff on other layers you need to select your layers (this will be described later on)
Right Click Effect The background eraser tool works in a similar way to the magnetic lasso tool, as it will delete background colour of a certain colour leaving you wiht a forground piece.
Magic Eraser This is an extremely useful tool, and can be very good when you want to get rid of backgrounds of a certain colour, or any solid pieces of solid colour, for example:
With one click of Magic Background eraser tool all of the white of the original piece has been removed, and now all that is left is the black ball and the transparent background.
The eraser tool brings me onto a clinical point in this tutroial, where i will mention something which will help you use the Eraser and the Paint Brush tools, when these are selected at the top of your screen you will see:
This is where you will be able to select all of your brush tip thickness's, for instance a 9px selection will make my tool that large on my document, and will cover 9px's for each single click, so if you want a small brush or eraser, 1px would be better than 10px
Edited by Rob_UK, 15 February 2006 - 08:06 AM.