Producing Distortions

Distort filters let you create waves or curves in type. Some of the types of distortions you can produce include Glass, Pinch, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and Zigzag. These effects are sometimes used as the basis of a corporate logo. The Twirl dialog box, shown in Figure 21, lets you determine the amount of twirl effect you want to apply. By dragging the Angle slider, you control how much twirl effect is added to a layer. Most filter dialog boxes have Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons that make it easy to see the effects of the filter.

Using Textures and Relief

Many filters let you create the appearance of textures and relief (the height of ridges within an object). One of the Stylize filters, Wind, applies lines throughout the type, making it appear shredded. The Wind dialog box, shown in Figure 22, lets you determine the kind of wind and its direction. The Texture filter lets you choose the type of texture you want to apply to a layer: Brick, Burlap, Canvas, or Sandstone.

Blurring Imagery

The Gaussian Blur filter softens the appearance of type by blurring its edge pixels. You can control the amount of blur applied to the type by entering high or low values in the Gaussian Blur dialog box. The higher the blur value, the blurrier the effect.

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Be careful: too much blur applied to type can make it unreadable.

FIGURE 20

Sample filters applied to type

FIGURE 20

Sample filters applied to type

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Colored pencil filter Gaussian Blur filter

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Fresco filter

Glass Emboss Burlap filter filter texture filter

FIGURE 21

Twirl dialog box

FIGURE 21

Twirl dialog box

Zoom Out Angle Zoom In Shows twirl button slider button effect

FIGURE 22

Wind dialog box

FIGURE 22

Wind dialog box

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