Vector Drawing

In recent years, more and more photo-editing programs have been adding vector-drawing tools. You won't use them to edit your photos, but you can use them to add shapes and text to your compositions (see Figure 18-8). At the very least, you will want your type fonts to be vector rather than bitmapped, because it will make whatever text you put into your pictures look smooth and professional. Many programs include clip art vector borders, shapes (such as stars), or even cartoon-like figures, or you may wish to draw your own.

As we mentioned, vector (or object-based) shapes and text are defined by their outlines and fills. This has traditionally meant that the transitions between them have always been hard edged. But that's not the case with modern tools that include soft edges, drop shadows, gradient fills, and textures.

Figure 18-8: Vector shapes, such as clip art, borders, and text, can add interest to a photo collage. (Project created in Microsoft Digital Image Suite, base on a photo taken with a Nikon D70.)
Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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