Setting up a document Ep24/33 [Adobe Photoshop for Beginners]

(intro theme) – [Presenter] Hello, and welcome to this video tutorial, Gareth here from So now, we are getting into the Create a Project section of this course. In the previous 23 episodes, I introduced you to Photoshop, showcased some handy
tips, and we practiced some essential tools and techniques. Now it’s time to take
all that we have learned to create a project from scratch. So this is what we are going to create over the next seven
videos, we are going to create a book cover design in Photoshop. If you’d like to take a closer look at this composition, you can find it in the Final Artwork folder,
in the Project folder. Now you can download this
Project folder for free. The link is in the description. So, in this document, you can see we have a lot of creative elements,
all created using the techniques demonstrated
in the previous videos. So if we look over in the Layers panel, we can see that the entire document is composed of just four Layer folders. The logo, the paper birds, the header, and the footer and type. Over the next seven videos, I’ll be breaking each creative element down, demonstrating how it
was made, and finally, we will bring the composition together as a complete and finished design. So, in this video, we are going to begin our project by setting up a document in Adobe Photoshop for
our book cover design ready for print. I’ll be taking you through
some of the details you need to consider as
we set up a new document. So I’ll close this document,
and we can make a start. So let’s begin by coming to the Brief. Now we can find this by coming into the Project folder, clicking in the Create a Project folder, opening the Project Brief folder, and opening the Brief document inside. So, in the dimensions
specification, we can see that we need to design the book cover to the dimension of
150 by 230 millimeters, with a bleed of 3 millimeters. So back in Photoshop, let’s begin. So I come to File, and click New. Upon click, we have the New Document menu. So I’ll start by naming the document Paper Friends Cover. Next, I’ll set the resolution to 300. I’ll come down and click
on the tab to the right, and make sure it’s set to millimeters. Over in the width I’ll type 150 and in the height I’ll type 230, and I’ll make sure to set
the Color Mode to CMYK. So this is the ideal
setup for our document. We have the right dimensions, we have the resolution set to 300, this will ensure we
have high image quality, and we set our document to CMYK, which is ideal for print. Once I’m happy, I’ll click OK. So here we have the blank document ready to start to create the design, excellent. So before I get started
with the creative stuff, I want to set up some guides that will aid with my design in future. First, I’ll start with the inner margin. So before that, I come up to Photoshop, and click Preferences, I believe this is Edit for PC users. I’ll come to Units and Rulers, and set the ruler units to millimeters if it’s not already set up that way, and I’ll click OK. So I’ll press Command + R to activate the rulers around the document, if they are not already visible. And I’ll begin by dragging a guide out from the left, and placing it right on the edge on the left. So I’ll press Shift on the keyboard, and drag right slightly, as I do this I’ll snap the guide to pixels of two. And I’ll look closely at the
value until I get to eight. Upon release, I’ll drag
another guide, though this time over to the far right of the canvass area. And again press and hold
Shift and drag in slightly into the document eight pixels. I’ll do this to the
top, and to the bottom. So now I have an inside margin to my document of eight
millimeters, great. So I have set up this inside margin, as in future I’m going to keep all my creative elements inside this area. This will guarantee a nice margin around my artwork for a nice clear and balanced design. Now, if we come back
to the Brief, it states we also need to add a bleed of three millimeters for the printers. So, back in Photoshop,
we now have the document set to the correct dimensions, with a nice, inside margin. So, I’ll drag a guide
to the far left edge, drag a guide to the right edge. I’ll drag a guide from the top the bottom, and a guide from the top, to the top of the canvass like so. So now I have guides
effectively all the way around the outside of the document. Now, I’m going to come up to Image, and scroll down to Canvass Size. Now upon click, we can see the dimensions of the current canvas area approximately. 150 by 230, so I’ll now
add three millimeters on both the width and the height. So now it’s 153 by 233, and I click OK. And now I have effectively increased the size of the canvass area. Now if we zoom in here, we can now see that we have the bleed area. So by creating the document to the right size first,
then add in the guides, then adjusting the canvas size, we quickly and accurately set the guides to the bleed area. Now, if some of you are wondering what the bleed area is, and why we created this, the bleed area is the margin of error a
printer has where they print the design on
paper and trim around it. In this case, we are
creating a book cover design, which will be placed into a desktop publishing program
with the rest of the book. This bleed will allow for flexibility inside the publishing program. Now, depending on the
printer, and the requirements, bleed can vary from three
millimeters, upwards. So next, I’ll come into the layers panel. So currently, we have this layer called Background with a lock icon. This is usually the default setup when you create a new document. So I’ll double click on the layer, and up will pop a new layer window. So I’ll type into the box,
white base, and click OK. With the new layer selected, I’ll press Command + T, by pressing
this, it will create the border box around the document area, and we can now see the
square points around. We can also see a point in the center. This will give us an indication of the middle of the canvass area. So I’ll drag out another
guide from the left to the center, and simply press Enter on the keyboard to turn
off Free Transform. So just like that, we
set a center line, easy. Now I’ll quickly press Command + R, to toggle away the rulers. So now, we have the
document perfectly set up for us to start creating our design, nice. So next, I’ll press Command + Shift + N to create a new layer. I’ll call this layer
blue sky, and click OK. So I’ll come over to the menu, and focus on the colors at the bottom of the menu. I’ll click the foreground color, and set this to seven E-D one E seven, and that will give me a
nice, dark blue color. Now I’ll click the button above Swap Foreground and Field Color. I’ll click into the Foreground color, and type in E nine F six F nine, and click OK. This will set a light blue color. So now, I have a light
blue foreground color, and a dark blue background color. So next, I’ll come up and click and hold on the Paint Bucket tool,
and select the gradient tool. Now I’ll come into the canvass area, about 2/3 of the way down, and click Drag Up, like so. Upon click, I will create
a nice gradient effect, from light to dark, bottom to top, simple. So lastly, I’ll come
into the layers panel, I’ll select the top layer,
press and hold Shift, and select the bottom layer. With them both selected, I’ll press Command + G, to place them into a folder, and I’ll name it Background. So, that completes the
set up of my document. Once I’m happy with the set up, I’ll press Command + S to save. I’ll navigate to the Project folder, and save the document in
the My Project folder. I’ll keep the file name
Paper Friends Cover, and click save. So there we have our new document. Our guide set up, with a blue background. Now we are ready to move
on, and create some creative elements to feature in the design. In the next video, we will be creating the paper type artwork for
the heading in the book. We will be using the type tool, and looking at how we
can create the effect. See you in the next video. (mellow electronic music)

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