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Photoshop - 'Film Roll' Tutorial - Part Two

As with previous Action tutorials, all kinds of things will start when you press the 'Play' button.  After a few seconds, you will see this box:

Type top label

Ever noticed that tiny lettering on the edges of a film strip? This is what we're doing now.  Pressing 'Continue' to the above dialogue box will switch to your text tool and the font will be Arial Bold.  Given the size of image we're using (500 wide), switch to 18pt.  The font colour has been set to yellow - keep it that way.  Just type a couple of words in (Kodak Filmstrip, for example)




From now on, you will be getting a series of dialogue boxes to walk you through the tutorial.

Photo number


When you get the box to the left, click with your cursor between the two numbers and use your space bar to force the numbers to the edges of the image.


Blur shadow


Next up is the box to the left.  We've included a part of the image in the background.  It is the shadow which we will blur.


Gaussian Blur




Make sure the 'Preview' box is ticked, place your cursor in the main preview window (it will change into a 'hand') and drag until the part of the image you are blurring appears.




Glow Effect

Almost finished! As this box explains, we are going to add a 'glow' effect which will be created on its own layer, so we can adjust it if required.



Rotate Filmstrip

If you want to rotate the image, here is the box to do it.  It's basically the same as EDIT...Transform...Rotate and your image will have a bounding box around it.  Either use a corner 'handle' to rotate the image or hit the 'Enter' key to lose the bounding box.



Brighten Text







And that's it! There are a couple of supplementary actions here - Brighten Text and Sepia Negative (the last one is worth looking at).

REMEMBER: This action comprises four Actions and three sub-actions which allow you to apply 'finishing touches' to whichever primary action you selected.  The four primary actions are convex, convex with text, concave and concave with text.

The three sub-actions are 'Brighten Text' which, if you have decided to add text to your film strip will instantly brighten it and make it more visible; 'Sepia Negative' creates three copies of your film strip including a sepia tone one and one which appears as a negative; 'Reset Shear Filter' is rarely used, but you may want to take a look at it.

If, after running any event within an Action, the 'play' button doesn't appear to be working (or if you haven't been reading the dialogue boxes - see above!), press the numberpad Enter - it's the key in the bottom right of your keyboard.

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