Figure 5.56

The logo size and placement on a sheet

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11. Add the sheet title next to the company logo. First, press D to set the default colors. Then press T to select the Text tool, and on the Options bar choose Verdana font at 20 pt size. Type Kitchen Project and click the Commit button. Press V, and move the text adjacent to the logo.

Because this image is actually to scale (see the "Scale and Resolution" section earlier in this chapter), we can indicate 1/4" scale and include a graphical scale bar on the sheet. You will approach this task by drawing a scale bar in a blank document, saving it as a custom shape, and finally inserting the symbol into the project sheet. We'll use guides to help draw the scale bar with accuracy.

NOTE Alternatively, you can create the scale bar in AutoCAD and bring it into Photoshop with the drawing layers.

12. Create a new document by pressing Ctrl+N. In the New dialog box, set the size to 4" x 4" at 72 dpi in grayscale mode with a white background.

13. Press Ctrl+R to activate the rulers in the blank document. Drag out guides from the vertical ruler every 1/2". Drag out three guides from the horizontal ruler and leave 1/8" spaces between them (see Figure 5.57). The exact placement of the horizontal guides does not matter— only that they have equal spacing.

Figure 5.57

Drag out guides to create the scale bar.



14. Select the Rectangle tool in the toolbox. (It is under the Custom Shape tool.) On the Options bar, select Paths mode, and then click Add To Path Area (+).

15. Drag out a long and narrow rectangle that fills one cell of the guide grid on the left edge. Drag out another that fills two units, offset below. Drag out a third rectangle filling four grid cells, as shown in Figure 5.58.

Figure 5.58

Drawing the three rectangles of the scale bar

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16. Choose Edit > Define Custom Shape to open the Shape Name dialog box. Type Scale Bar and click OK. Close the document window without saving.

17. Select the project window, and click Shape Layers mode and Custom Shape on the Options bar. Open the Shape Picker, and select Scale Bar.

18. Hold down Shift and start dragging out the Scale Bar on a whole inch mark on the ruler in the project sheet. Release the mouse when the first hash mark measures 1/4" on the ruler. Figure 5.59 shows the scale bar correctly sized. The first hash mark must equal 1/4" at this scale.

19. Add the text shown in Figure 5.60 to complete the scale bar. Link the text layers with the shape layer (click the link icons in the Layers palette) and move these layers to the lower-right edge of the sheet.

The last task is to create soft edges where the plan abruptly ends, along its bottom and left sides. These soft edges downplay the continuation of the building beyond the kitchen. We can use the Gradient tool to fade these edges to transparency.

TIP Soft edges are a great way to gently direct the viewer's interest to the subject area of a floor plan (in this case, the kitchen). You can avoid using sharp cutlines in favor of this gentler approach.

Figure 5.59

Creating a scale bar at the correct size for 1/4" scale

Figure 5.59

Creating a scale bar at the correct size for 1/4" scale

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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