Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Select the Type tool from the Toolbar and click once onto the canvas. Write your message, choose your desired font then set its font size.

With your font and sizing in position, go to the top bar and select Layer>Type>Warp Text. A dialog box will appear, so click onto the Style drop-down menu.

For our purposes we are using Arc, but play around with the other settings to suit your project’s needs.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Move the three sliders and watch how your text alters instantly. Small movements make a big change.

You can position the text with this dialog box still open by just clicking onto it and moving into place.

Applying layer styles help to blend the type into the building.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

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How to Take Photos in Low Light

Images of night scenes never fail to impress. Night-time images have great ambiance, something which is often absent in flat, bright, daylight photos. Skillful low-light photos can look simply incredible and if you’re looking for ways to make money from photography, selling canvas prints of night scenes is one way to achieve this. They are very popular.

photos in low light

“New Graces” captured by ian newton (click image to see more from ian newton)

The main aim of this article is to highlight:

  • Night photography settings and techniques
  • Good low light cameras on the market

1. Exposure: The basics

How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

colour halftone

Go to Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone, and in the Max Radius field enter 30 and hit OK.

Your image is now split into dots of CMYK colour, but if the dots appear too small or big in your image, increase the Max Radius value.

How to create an abstract colour halftone effect in Photoshop

The resolution of your image will affect the number of dots in the effect, so it’s worth experimenting with different settings for the right balance.

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What camera should I buy: pros and cons of each type (and what they’re best at)

This time of year many of us ask ourselves, “What camera should I buy?” Truth is, it can be tricky to decide what camera to buy because we like to shoot different subjects which have different needs. In this jargon-free buyer’s guide our head of testing Angela Nicholson has some advice that will put you on the right track.

What camera should I buy: pros and cons of each camera type (and when you should use them)

“What camera should I buy?” When you ask yourself this it can be helpful to ask yourself a few follow-up questions.

For example, what do you want to photograph, and when do you want to use the camera? Also, do you want to be able to change lenses and how much control do you want over the settings?

Let’s take a look at the main options available.

What camera should I buy: Compact camera

What camera should I buy: compact cameras

Compact cameras range in complexity from simple point and shoot models that are easy to use because they take full-control, to advanced models that let you set the shutter speed and aperture along with a host of other features if you want to.

Although the name implies small size, some compact cameras are actually quite large these days because they contain sensors that are the same size as the ones inside many DSLRs.

The lens on a compact camera is fixed and cannot be removed, but most have a zoom lens so you can change focal length if you need to.

Wideangle lenses with short focal lengths are useful when you’re shooting inside or in confined spaces, or conversely when you want to shoot landscapes, while middle focal lengths are better for flattering portraits and longer optics are good for picking out distance details.

Although there are a few exceptions, compact cameras don’t tend to have viewfinders and the image must be composed on the screen on the back of the camera.

SEE MORE: First camera crash course – simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

Pros
Generally small and light
Easy to use
Better image quality than a cameraphone

Cons
Often no viewfinder
Most have a fairly small sensor, which limits image quality
Control over settings may be limited

Good for
Family photos
Holiday photos
Parties
Generally everyday snaps

Not good for
Sports photography
Low-light photography (although most have a small flash)
High-end photography
Controlling depth of field (reducing the size of the sharp area in an image)

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[syndicated from Digital Camera World]