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December '14

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2014 • 49 Enter these numbers in the hexadecimal box at the bottom of the Color Picker: From left to right: Stop 1: 001117, Stop 2 A0A0A0, Stop 3: 161A20, Stop 4: A0A0A0, Stop 5: 001117 (see Figure 8). Now, add an Inner Glow: Color: White, Choke: 40 percent, Size 2. Add a Bevel and Emboss: Change the size to 10 and leave all other settings at the default except for the Gloss Contour. Click the icon and display the Contour Editor. Choose a contour from the list or make your own by dragging the anchor points until you get the effect you want. I chose Rolling Slope Descending (see Figure 9) for this example, which gives the text a brushed metal look. I also added a Satin Layer style to soften the effect a bit, and a three-pixel black stroke to further define the edges. When you click OK, all of these styles are applied to the text and are recorded in the Actions panel (see Figure 10), and will look like Figure 11. Save your work. Figure 10: All of the styles are applied to the text and are also recorded in the Actions panel. Figure 11: The final metallic text with the pattern background. Figure 12: The Toggle dialog on/off icon dis- plays the specifications as the action runs. Running the Action OK! Here is where recording your actions pays off. You can run the Action and create a whole new document with a completely different look. In the Actions panel, in the column next to each action's name is a little square called the Toggle dialog on/off icon (see Figure 12) Click on the icons of the effects that you think you may want to modify. Then click the Play button. As the action runs the dialog box for each selected effect is displayed where you can change the specifications. When you make the change, click the OK button in the dialog box and the action will continue to run until it encounters the next selected icon. As you can see in Figure 13, I altered the pattern, the typeface, and the gradient fill layer style on an entirely new document in a mat- ter of seconds. Of course I can make as many variations of this document as I please simply by running the Action. The Action will automatically save each ver- sion to the same location so toggle the Save action and change the name of the document each time. SDG Figure 13: Running the Metallic Type action and altering the pattern, the typeface and the layer styles can produce a completely different look.

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