Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Pen Tool and the Rubber Band!


Make The Pen Tool Show You Where it is Headed

There is a feature for the Pen tool in Photoshop that makes it easier to see where the pen is headed when you are drawing. It is called the Rubber Band. So, if you don’t see a line following you as you draw with the Pen tool then chances are that that setting isn’t enabled. To configure it, with the Pen tool selected, click the Gear icon on the toolbar and check the Rubber Band option. You’ll find it easier to draw paths this way in future.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Black Text on a White Background and Vice Versa

Invert text in one simple step in Photoshop

Today I needed to make some text which is white where the layer below is black and black where the layer below is white.

I didn’t want the text to have to be made in two ways (for preference) and I did want it to remain editable. Turns out it is all very easy and it works like magic.

Start by creating your black and white layer. I used a zebra image but you can use anything. Type your text on a layer above and make it white. Then just set the blend mode for the text layer to Exclusion and the colors will flip – the white text will become black where the image below is black.

The wonderful thing about this effect is that the text remains editable and so too is your background. You can move or adjust the black and white layer and the text layer and everything just changes to match.

Simple to do, when you know how.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Trevor’s tip of the Week – One image, two Windows

(photo by: Belovodchenko Anton)

When doing detailed work, such as sharpening or color correction, on an image it’s important to see how your changes affect the whole image.  You can do this by having the same image appear in two separate windows.  All you need to do is select an image, go to Window > Arrange, and there will be a New Window for <image name> option at the bottom of the drop down menu.  Click to select it and you now have the same image in two windows that you can size and edit separately.

Helen Bradley