Type layers are added with the author’s name and the book’s tagline. The text is right justified using the Right Align icon in the Horizontal Type tool’s options bar and is positioned using the Move tool. If students are having trouble creating two type layers near each other, suggest that they hold the Shift key as they click in the image to start the second type layer. The composite image is saved one last time with the File > Save command. In Lightroom the TIFF composite is displayed with all the enhancements added in Photoshop. If students want to change something in the composite, they can access its layers again by reopening it from Lightroom to Photoshop using Lightroom’s Edit In > Edit in Adobe Photoshop [xx] command with the Edit Original option.
Creating type on a path Photoshop offers much more flexibility than Lightroom when it comes to adding text and other design elements to a photograph. In the last section, students practiced using Photoshop layer masks, blend modes, and layer clipping masks to integrate text with photographs. This section teaches another way to use type in Photoshop that can’t be done in Lightroom—adding text along a path.
Creating a rounded border in Lightroom Although Lightroom’s graphic capabilities are limited, some of its features can be used in creative ways to embellish photographs. For example, in this section students use the Post-Crop Vignetting controls in Lightroom’s Develop module to create a rounded border around a photograph, even though this feature was originally designed for a different purpose (to add a light or dark vignette to a photograph that would survive subsequent cropping in Lightroom). There’s not much that can be done with text in Lightroom beyond some limited options to add lines of text to a print layout in Lightroom’s Print module. So students pass this photograph, with its rounded border, from Lightroom to Photograph to add decorative text appropriate for a promotional photograph.
Using vector shapes to place type on a path The first step in Photoshop to place type on a path is to create a vector path using one of Photoshop’s geometric shape tools—the Ellipse tool. This Ellipse tool is located in the flyout menu of Shape tools in Photoshop’s Tools panel. Caution students not to confuse it with the Elliptical Marquee selection tool, located closer to the top of the Tools panel. Make sure students set the first menu on the left side of the Ellipse tool’s options bar to Path, rather than Shape or Pixels.
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers Classroom in a Book