09/07/13 - Here’s a confession you can try to make: “I’ve read only half of Wicked and I’m already surprised at how the musical adaptation is so different.”
- Find an appropriate photo for the confession and open it in Photoshop. I try not to repeat photos too often.
- Crop it to your liking and resize the image so it’s 500px in width (obviously make sure the image you start with is larger than 500px already)
- Play around with adjustment layers. I usually tweak the brightness/contrast, the vibrance, the color balance, and sometimes the lightness (which is under the hue/saturation adjustment layer). Just try to make the photo look more presentable, because usually images start off as dark and kinda ugly.
- Use the text tool to draw a text box on the photo. I place the text box so it doesn’t cover up important parts of the image (faces for example). I use this font on the medium setting for confessions. I always have the character window (window->character) open so I can adjust the font size and spacing between lines. I always keep the spacing between lines and the font size the same number. Make sure there are no awkward breaks in the words (splitting the word with a dash (-) and continuing the word on another line). Also try to get the lines of text as even as possible (so make sure the last line of the text doesn’t have 2 words while all the rest have like 15.)
- Take the rectangle tool and draw a black box under the text. Make sure the edges are close to the text. Then I merge the text and box layers and add a drop shadow (right click layer->blending options-> drop shadow) with an angle of 120, opacity of 75, distance and size of 7.
- Go to edit->free transform path and hover your mouse by the corner of the box so you can angle it however you like.
- Save and post (I usually add the image to the queue, but I’m not sure if members can access the queue…I know admins can)