Stumped on simple stuff...

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by o2bfunny, Oct 22, 2003.

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    o2bfunny Guest

    Greetings! Well, I am using Adobe 6.01 forever and can't find my manual
    anywhere. I am VERY much an amateur and can't seem to do something which I
    think should be simple:

    I have a logo from a friend that he wants to be made "chrome" in appearance for
    a print ad (he does custom metal work). The logo is largely text outline with
    no pictures or text inside - in other words, it is simply a shape unto itself.
    I tried downloading new styles, but they seem to apply only to text. He sent
    me the logo in JPEG format (black on white background) and now I am trying to
    figure out how to crop out the background. I am using the lasso tool to very
    slowly go around the logo, but I don't have a steady enough hand to do this
    right. I don't know of anyway to simply "snap" the outline around the logo so
    that I can cut and paste it as a new layer. I think that is what I need to do
    to apply a style.

    I would GREATLY appreciate any help or suggestions. This is driving me nuts
    and I don't want my friend to find out what an idiot I am - despite the fact my
    wife tells him all the time... ;)

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    o2bfunny, Oct 22, 2003
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    DosBoss57 Guest

    Try using the PEN tool. You can snap points all aroung the text. This
    will create a path. go to the paths palette and right-click on the
    workpath and choose "Make selection from Path". You can now create a
    new document and "Cut and Paste" into that new document

    Hope this helps



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    DosBoss57, Oct 22, 2003
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    Farlo Guest

    That's why I came up with the expression, "It's not the theft, it's the
    stupidity". You will be forever asking the truly dumb-dumb questions until
    you can find that manual.

    Good luck finding it. If you are a registered user, you can contact Adobe.

    If you are a warez chimp, you are SOL.
    Farlo, Oct 22, 2003
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    Stuart Guest

    Using a vector program to trace it may be better this will then allow
    the logo to be scaled to any size without any loss in quality.

    Stuart, Oct 22, 2003
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    Tacit Guest

    I have a logo from a friend that he wants to be made "chrome" in appearance
    You have already gone off the rails. Photoshop *is not* appropriate for logos
    for print. You are trying to drive nails with a screwdriver instead of a
    hammer--no wonder you are having problems!
    And now the train wreck is in full progress. JPEG format *is not* appropriate
    for print, even when you are using Photoshop as it was intended to be used.
    Professional printers do not use JPEG files, they use TIFF, EPS, and Scitex CT

    JPEG degrades the quality of an image to make the file smaller. It is only
    appropriate for situations where quality is not important but file size is
    important--like the Web.

    I bet it's RGB, too. Sheesh.
    And the train wreck is now complete, and all the passengers are dead.

    If you want to knock the background out of an image for print, you use the Pen
    tool, not the Lasso tool. You put a path around the image, save it as a
    clipping path, and save the file as an EPS or TIFF.

    My advice to you: Start over. You do logo work in Adobe Illustrator, not Adobe
    Tacit, Oct 22, 2003
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    o2bfunny Guest

    Thanks for all the replies! I didn't know you could get the manual from Adobe
    with a registered copy. I will do that and apologize for wasting anyone's
    time. I use Photoshop almost exclusively for my photo work and have no other
    programs for stuff like my friends logo. I am trying to help out without
    costing him, or myself, any additional moneys. I don't do much with Photoshop
    in the way of fancy stuff (which was probably a waste of money), but have
    always enjoyed the program since I first started using Photoshop a few years
    back at work.

    Once again, thanks for the replies. I will see if I can get this through my
    thick skull with the help of the manual.


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    o2bfunny, Oct 23, 2003
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    Gene Guest

    Got it, Tacit ;)

    Gene, Oct 23, 2003
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