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June '21

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3 4 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G T H E D I G I T A L E Y E such as Linear Light (like this example), Hard Light, Soft Light, or any of the blend modes found in the layers panel to the topmost layer. 6. Adjust the opacity of a specific area of the topmost layer with a layer mask. Paint the layer mask with shades of gray to mold the superim- posed image to the contours of the content. 7. Clip a levels or curves adjustment layer to the dancer to improve con- trast. 8. Choose an appropriate image for the background. In this case, I cop- ied the topmost layer, reduced its opacity, and dragged it to the bot- tom of the stack (Figure 7). TYPE Superimposing images into a type char- acter is another form of double exposure that can produce a dramatic headline ef- fect. This method uses multiple images, layer masks blend modes, and layer styles combined into a text frame. It starts with an image of a tree (Figure 8). 1. Carefully select the tree image with the Color Range selection feature found in Photoshop's Select menu to isolate as many of the fine branches of the tree as possible (Figure 9). 2. Copy the selected tree to a new layer (Layer>New>Layer via Copy). 3. Generate the text using an extra bold text character, in this case Gill Sans Extra bold. Position it under the tree layer (Figure 10). 4. Select the text by pressing Cmnd (Mac) or Ctrl (Win) and click on its thumbnail in the layers panel. 5. With the selection active, target the tree layer and click the Layer Mask icon to superimpose the tree im- age over the city text and mask the surrounding areas. Conceal the text layer by clicking on its Visibility icon (Figure 11). 6. Drag the NYC skyline picture to the document and place its layer below THE CITY text layer. Re- duce its opacity to 90%. 7. Once again, target the tree layer and apply a layer style to the text. I applied several to this image includ- ing Bevel and Emboss, Stroke, and a red Color Overlay, but you can experiment and have some fun with it (Figure 12). 8. Make a new layer. Press the Cmnd (Mac)/Ctrl (Win) key and click on the text layer icon to generate a selection. Choose Edit>Stroke and apply a three-point border to the outside of the selection. continued on page 110 Figure 10. Generate the text using an extra bold text character, in this case Gill Sans Extra bold, and position it under the tree layer. Figure 8 (top). The process starts with an image of a tree. Figure 9 (above). Carefully select the tree image with the Color Range selection feature. Figure 11. Superimpose the tree image over THE CITY text and mask the surrounding areas.

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