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Julia Pitney, grade ten. 32 April 2014 SchoolArts with the Text tool to create a text box that can be typed into. If the box is reshaped with the Text tool, the type reflows into the new shape, but the size of the type does not change or become distorted. However, when the text box is scaled with the Move tool, the type changes size and can become distorted. Students are allowed to use whichever method creates the desired result. Text boxes can also be transformed to fit an area. In order to transform the type, it must first be rasterized. To do this, go to the Layer menu, select Ras- terize, then select Type. Once it is ras- terized, the text box can be reshaped by going to the Edit menu, selecting Transform, then selecting Distort or Warp. Type can also be transformed by liquifying it (select Filter, then Liquify). Liquify should be used spar- ingly in order to maintain the read- ability of the text. Another way type can be used to illustrate is to put text on a line. Finding an Image Architexture utilizes text as a draw- ing tool to add meaning and decora- tive detail to architectural images. Students each begin by finding a high- resolution image of a famous piece of architecture, statue, or monument. They can check the resolution of the reference image in Photoshop by going to the Image menu, then selecting Image Size. Here they can deter- mine the dimensions of the image, as well as its resolution. An ideal size is 8½ x 11" and at least 250 pixels per inch (ppi). Manipulating Type Once an image has been selected and properly sized, students need a few days of instruction and practice on manipulating type in Photoshop. This will allow them to layer text over their images that relates to the chosen struc - ture—the objective being to have the text completely cover the document. Next, I demonstrate using the Text tool by having students click and drag Architexture utilizes text as a drawing tool to add meaning and decorative detail to architectural images. B_pages_4_14.indd 32 2/20/14 3:05 PM