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The Capabilities of Photoshop 7 and beyond....


An article by Roger Pring

There are now absolutely no limits to the type transformations you can effect in Photoshop 7. It now handles type in a way undreamt of in its earlier versions. The struggle with bitmapped faces is forgotten - now we have proper vector type, shapes which can be manipulated, if you prefer, without ever having to resort to the softness of pixels. But when you do finally hit the rasterize button, there's a challenging mass of options from which to choose. Even with a basic collection of fonts, it's now possible to produce a range of outstanding effects. Type can be hard, soft, strong, blurred, ethereal, crisp, brazen, subtle or even plain illegible. On screen or page it can be flat or raised in three dimensions (or sunk in a crater gouged out by its own weight). Make it imitate stone, glass, metal, smoke, fur or fabric. Beat it out of shape and produce typographic sculpture. Liquify and strain it through a basket of filters then hang it out to dry in a force 10 hurricane. Or just add a drop shadow.

And imagine what maneuvers the Photoshop type stylist will be executing in 2022. Visualize a wrist-mounted device which, when tapped lightly, creates an electronic force field in the outstretched palm of your hand. Say 'portfolio' and your shareholdings appear there in real time, broadcast from a server in a nearby utility pole. When your levitating robot shopping buggy needs a spare part, installation instructions appear on its surface when struck firmly. Make your way home through a crystalline fog of charged molecules which carry advertising messages only you can see, or choose not to see, through your individually coded contact lenses. All these manifestations of type, and many more which remain unguessable, will need to be simulated, imitated and enhanced. Photoshop 17 will be there to make it all possible.

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