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Old 10-01-2009   #1
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Default Word Art Tutorial

This is the second time today doing this because the preppies I previously mentioned...
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I was in the middle of typing it up in a thread, and some dumb bitch (this was during my publications class) kicks the plug, which shut off all of the computers in my row. Of course, the others in that row weren't even paying attention (gossiping and whatnot...of course) so I sat there, fuming because my work was lost.
...kicked the plug once today already.

First of all, you will need to create text of some sort in InDesign. You might be able to do this in a word program, but however, I have no idea how to do so, and I was taught to use InDesign for this so that is what I will use. Make sure to have the biggest size you can without the words going off of the page. Also, the bolder the better!

When saving your text, you will need to export it (under the File tab) as a JPG. If you do not do this, you will not be able to open your text in Photoshop because InDesign and Photoshop do not mix. Remember, export (another way of saving) as a JPG!

Now, let us get started. Note to anyone reading this: When I have outlined anything in a red box, that means you need to pay attention to it because a) It is important and b) I will be mentioning this at least once.


This is what it should look like once your text is open in Photoshop.




Here's where the work actually starts. Notice how I am using the Magic Wand Tool. If for some reason it is set as the Quick Selection Tool, just click and hold, which will bring up the option to use either Magic Wand or Quick Selection. Then, simply choose Magic Wand.
Also notice I have selected the "K", the first letter. Do the same to your text with the first letter.




The next step is to chose your image. I am going to use a simple one, the cover of the first Pokemon movie, for all of my letters. Open this image and set it to the side. If you are using a different image for each letter, you can either a) Open all of them at the same time or b) open each one seperately when working on the particular letter.




To begin this step, you need to click and drag the letter. Notice how, rather than dragging the whole letter, it drags the outline you saw previously.




When you've dragged it onto the image you are using, choose what part of the picture you want in your letter, then let go. The outline of the letter will stay there.


Now you will need to switch tools. For this next part, you will need to use the Move Tool. Click the letter outline, and drag it back onto your text image. Notice how the image is staying in the outline and moving with the letter.




Ta-da! Your letter now has the image inside it! Of course, it will be a tad smaller than the original letter (unsure why this is, however), so just adjust by creating a cool shadow. You can also fill the letters with another color rather than black if it fits with your theme.




This is the most important part. Notice how your new letter has become a new layer, Layer 1. To continue with each and every letter, which will all have their own layers eventually, click "Background". This will allow you to select your next letter.




Now you may continue with each and every letter. Drag the outline using Magic Wand onto the image, then drag the letter back with Move.




The letter "U" has its own layer, Layer 2. This, like I said, happens each time you drag the letter back onto the text image.




Remember how I said you will have to use the Magic Wand tool to drag the letter onto the image? This is what happens if you forget to switch tools and use Move instead. Just in case this happens, let go of the letter and use Control + Z. This will undo what you just did and put the letter back in its correct place.




Also remember how I said you need to use the Background layer everytime you start on a new letter? If you don't, this is what happens.




Once each letter is complete, it will look like this (though hopefully not as bad).




When you save the image, you'll need to go to "Save As". If you choose "Save", the image will only save as a Photoshop image, which is annoying because then you can not upload it.




"Save As", shown here, allows you to save the image as a JPG file.




Ta-da! Now your image is complete!


Good luck creating your own Word Art. I hope this helped you out. If you have any questions, ask me.
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Old 10-01-2009   #2
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Indesign? Never heard of this in my life.

I'm certain you could replace that step with something more simple. 'grats on taking the time to do the tutorial though, I know it's soul destroying. :P
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<3 Yay! Will try it! It would be so awesome if there were more tutorials.
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I always Save For Web my photoshop images :S

Which font did you use?
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Speaking of fonts, where does everyone get theirs for Photoshop? I downloaded a few from dafont.com but I can't seem to find anymore that work with PS
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All of mine from dafont work with Photoshop D: there's also fontface.com
I dunno about any others~
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Oh. Then maybe I'm putting it in the wrong folder. Which folder should I extract it to?

I usually extract to something>something>something>Adobe>Adobe Reader> Fonts and it worked for the first 3 fonts then started failing. ;(
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If you're using a Windows PC, C: then WINDOWS then Fonts. They should work in Photoshop if they're in your usual fonts folder.
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I don't know what kind I used...I'll look for it though.

My school gets fonts but idk how or where. @_@
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