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Library: Creative Design


Design for the season with a frigid text effect

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 03:51 am EST


Depending on where you live, you probably associate winter with ice and snow and (brr!) freezing cold temperatures. Unless you pack up and move south, what choice do you have but to succumb to the season and embrace it? You can begin by enhancing your images and seasonal layouts with text that exemplifies winter, as we’ve done to the ad shown in FIGURE A. Thanks to Photoshop, you can create this text effect inside where it’s nice and warm.

Create a new document according to our specs.
Begin by creating a New Photoshop document by choosing File > New to open the New dialog box. Assign the new document these specifications:
• Set the image size to 3.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches high and the Resolution to 300 Pixels/Inch.
• Choose RGB Color from the Color Mode pop-up menu and White from the Background Contents pop-up menu.
When you’re done, click OK to create the new document.

To set the text:
1. Select the Horizontal Type tool and click and drag a text box from the top-left corner of your canvas down to the bottom-right corner.
2. Type the word Winter in the resulting text box (or a word of your choosing).
3. Press cA ([Ctrl]A in Windows) to highlight the text.
You can format the selected text using the tool options bar or Character palette. We’ll use the tool options bar.

To format your text:
1. Select the Impact font from the Set The Font Family pop-up menu.
2. Choose 72 pt from the Set The Font Size pop-up menu.
3. Select Smooth from the Set The Ant...