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Learning Adobe Photoshop CS4

By Greg Bowden

Chapter 26

Graffiti on a

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Graffiti on a Building
Rather than displaying graffiti on a flat surface, you can also display it on a photograph
and use perspective tools to make it look realistic. In this Exercise some graffiti will
be added to a building then moved behind the snow and branches as shown in the
following diagram:

Starting a New Document

1 Load Photoshop or close the current files then display the FILE menu and select

2 Set the WIDTH to 800 pixels, the

HEIGHT to 600 pixels and the

3 Select OK to start the document.

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Entering Some Text

Some text will be entered and the WARP transformation used to distort it.


and in the OPTIONS BAR select
an artistic FONT such as ADOBE
FORTE, set the SIZE to 48 pt and
select a TEXT COLOUR.

2 Click at the top left of the canvas and

enter a short word for the graffiti, for

3 Select the MOVE TOOL, press

CTRL+T or COMMAND+T to display
the FREE TRANSFORM frame and
increase the size of the text.

4 Press <enter> or <return> to accept the transformation.

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Warping the Text
Rather that using the LIQUIFY filter to create the graffiti text, you can WARP the text.
Again, to do this text must be rasterized.
1 Display the LAYER menu, highlight RASTERIZE and select LAYER.
2 Display the EDIT menu, highlight TRANSFORM and select WARP.

3 Drag the numerous ‘handles’ that are

placed around the text to create the
effect that you want.

4 Press <enter> or <return> to accept the transformation.

NOTE: No effects will be applied to the text at this stage. The text
will be made to look like graffiti once it has been added to the

5 Save the document in your STORAGE folder as a PHOTOSHOP file under the file
Warped Text

Loading the Photograph

A photo of a house has been prepared for you and the graffiti text will be placed on one
of its walls.

1 Display the FILE menu and select OPEN.

2 Access the PScs4 SUPPORT FILES, open the CHAPTER 26 folder and open the
3 The graffiti will be added below the right window.

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Inserting the Warped Text

The warped text needs to be added to the BUILDING file.

1 Select the MOVE TOOL from the

TOOLS panel and drag the WARPED
TEXT file tab down to view both files.

2 Drag the CHILL (or text) layer from

the WARPED TEXT file onto the

3 Select OK if you receive a message

about converting colours.

4 Close the WARPED TEXT file.

5 Press CTRL+T or COMMAND+T to

display the FREE TRANSFORM frame
around the text and adjust its size so
that it fits beneath the right window.

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6 Press <enter> or <return> to accept the transformation.

Setting the Vanishing Point

In order to make the text look more realistic, it needs to slant in the same perspective as
the side of the building. The VANISHING POINT filter can be used to achieve this.

A Starting a New layer

The text will be copied into a vanishing point frame in a new layer.

1 Move the text to the top left of the

photo and select the BACKGROUND
layer in the LAYERS panel.

2 Create a new layer above the

BACKGROUND layer and rename it:
Vanishing Point

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B Copying the Text

The text path can be copied then pasted into the Vanishing Point frame.

1 Click on the CHILL (or text) layer in

the LAYERS panel, hold down the
CTRL or COMMAND key and click on
its thumbnail to select the path of
the text.

2 Press CTRL+C or COMMAND+C to copy the path.

3 Turn off the CHILL (or text) layer,

select the VANISHING POINT layer
and press CTRL+D or COMMAND+D
to deselect the text.

Note: The path of the text should not be visible on the screen.

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C Setting the Vanishing Point Text
1 Display the FILTER menu and select VANISHING POINT to open the VANISHING
POINT dialogue box.

2 Click a vanishing point frame along

the edges of the brick work under the
right window including a little of the
snow at the base of the wall.

3 Press CTRL+V or COMMAND+V to

paste the text into the vanishing point
dialogue box.

4 Drag the text into the vanishing point


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