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October 27, 2007

Oh My God Photoshop Sucks!

Michelle Malkin was trying to mock up a FEMA logo, and apparently having a hard time getting the circular text set up correctly. So, I decided to give it a try, and I can tell you it's about as easy as skiing through a revolving door. Adobe sucks. Photoshop sucks. Adobe Photoshop Elements sucks. If Adobe made, cars, we'd all be riding camels. I was finally able to get some circular text using the directions listed below, but I warn you, they're so painfully obtuse you'll want to chew your hands off before you finish.

Of course, the joy in all of this is that, for people that use Photoshop, they all say without exception that it's a fine product, you just have to learn how to use it. Riiiight. And UNIX is a fine O/S and "vi" is a fine editor. Read on at your own peril.

How to create circular text using Photoshop Elements 3 & 4:

1 Create a new square page. In this tutorial I will use a 6? x 6? page at 300ppi, colour white. Remember that the circle will be half the size of your page. View grid on, snap to grid off.
2 Select horizontal type tool, for this I chose Times New Roman at 22.5 pts. Make sure you have left alignment selected. Now start typing at the extreme left of your page. I used the word “smile? in lower case, then space and the word repeatedly until you reach the extreme right edge of your page. You can of course select the first smile; control C, space, Control V until the right edge is reached. The type should not go out side the page.
3 Now making sure the type layer is selected do Control J to create a copy, click back on the original type layer and click on the eye to close it.
4 Select the copy type layer, Go to Image – Rotate Layer 180 degrees. Right click on the type layer and click on simplify. Now press Control T and in the height box enter 250.
5 Go to Filter – Distort – Polar Co-ordinates. Make sure that Rectangular To Polar is selected then click OK.
6 And there is your circular text.

If you can't quite follow the 6 steps above, then click on this
Video Tutorial link for putting text in a circle for PSE 3 & 4. It covers it a lot more clearly, showing it all in a clever little step by step presentation.

http://www.photoshopelementsuser.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8754

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 27, 2007 at 8:27 PM

Comments

Go buy ULead PhotoImpact for less that $89 and have tons more editing power and features than Photoshop Elements, plus it is super easy and fun to use. I have been using this for years and totally love it. Tried Photoshop and wondered how anyone could use it. Yessiree Bob.

Posted by: BaldSpot on October 28, 2007 at 4:23 PM

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