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Unread 30th March 2011, 10:20 AM   #1
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I'm new with PS.

I'm making a flat ebook cover.

I have the image and know how to add a layer for text to the image.

But what I would like to do is add a simple solid colored layer like a band that would cover the bottom 1/4 or 1/3 of the image and have my text appear in that area so it would show better.

I know how to add the colored layer. But how do I resize it so it only covers part of the image?

Please explain assuming I know nothing..becasue when it comes to PS I know next to nothing. :-)

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Select the layer where the picture is. Press Ctrl+t (transform) - it will display small cubicles on the corners of the image - hold down Shift and move one of the cubicles - that's about it

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After I add the new colored layer and try CTL+T I get the message "Can't transform because the initial bounding rectangle is empty."

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Default Re: Basic Photoshop question

hello, select the colored layer and use ctrl+t to bring up the freetransform handles. You can then resize, rotate, add perspective etc. right click inside the box for options. double click inside the box to apply the tranform or hit enter. I'm not sure why you are getting that message, you should be able to use free transform on your colored layer. Keep trying, photoshop isn't the easiest program to master.
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I don't get it. I must be doing something wrong.

It can't be that hard to:

start with an image
add a solid colored layer that covers approx bottom 3rd of image
add a text layer that shows on top of colored layer

The want to end up with an image with text that shows up well since the text is place over the colored layer.

Anyone want $5?

Just make me a simple video showing you doing this but PM me first if you are interested.

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After I add the new colored layer and try CTL+T I get the message "Can't transform because the initial bounding rectangle is empty."
Hello Friends...
Actually i am also facing the same problem in PS.. but i tried this but it's not working... can anyone tells me alternate please.. waiting for suitable reason or answer...

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Watch also some PS tutorials for your info.



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Be sure you are working on the layer that has the color or object you are trying to resize. Select that layer in the layers pallet. I typically build every part of an image on its own layer at least until I'm ready to save it as a gif or jpg.

You say you want to make a band or banner area across the image. You can also do this with the lasso tool. If you click and hold the cursor over the lasso tool it will give you a little fly out allowing you to select different variations on the tool. Select the polygon tool. Then on your image and a separate layer click around the area where you want your banner/rectangle until you close the shape. You now have a selected area that you can fill.
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Thanks. I never thought of the lasso. I'll give tht a try.

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Be sure you are working on the layer that has the color or object you are trying to resize. Select that layer in the layers pallet. I typically build every part of an image on its own layer at least until I'm ready to save it as a gif or jpg.

You say you want to make a band or banner area across the image. You can also do this with the lasso tool. If you click and hold the cursor over the lasso tool it will give you a little fly out allowing you to select different variations on the tool. Select the polygon tool. Then on your image and a separate layer click around the area where you want your banner/rectangle until you close the shape. You now have a selected area that you can fill.
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Tell me if you got it or should I make a small video tutorial for you?

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I would still like the tutorial.

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Tell me if you got it or should I make a small video tutorial for you?
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Hello,

Here's a short video tutorial I made for you. I am not very good at speaking english but you should understand.


You should watch in fullscreen.

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Thanks Marian

that's simple but it helps so much to see it.

Sending you a PM.

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