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Library: Creative Design


Mix type and photos for a marriage made in design heaven

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:26 am EST


Images and type are an integral part of graphic design. But that doesn’t mean that they’re always well integrated into the design piece. Often, text and images seem like oil and water—elements that can’t easily be mixed together. We’ll look at one way to create a perfect marriage of intertwining type and imagery by integrating Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the splendid results shown on the cover image. By using an image’s clipping path created in Photoshop and Illustrator’s Pathfinder palette, your text and image possibilities are limitless.

Create a clipping path in Photoshop
To begin, you’ll need a Photoshop image containing a well-defined object that can easily be removed from its background.

To create a path around an object intended for text intertwining:
1. Open an image in Photoshop and create a path around an object.
2. Select File > Export > Paths To Illustrator.
3. Name the file, select a location, and click Save in the Export Paths dialog box.
4. Close the Photoshop document. <...


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