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Fixing a problem image

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I just like to show some other things that we can do to fix any problems that there may be with our images and I'm using this one as a case in point. Two minor problems with this image and I have here my Layers panel where I have one fix on each of the two layers that I have added. One of them being an adjustment layer with the layer mask, the other one being an image layer. Now, if I turn those layers off, we can see the image in its original state and there are two problems here. One is that the dog's face is just too dark and the second is that we have this waste bin popping up over the top of the park bench. So to fix the dog's face first of all, I'm going to do this again. I'll leave the original layers there but turned off and I'll add new layers. This is how I did it. Numerous ways we could do this, this is how I did it and I think this is a good approach.

Fixing a problem image

I just like to show some other things that we can do to fix any problems that there may be with our images and I'm using this one as a case in point. Two minor problems with this image and I have here my Layers panel where I have one fix on each of the two layers that I have added. One of them being an adjustment layer with the layer mask, the other one being an image layer. Now, if I turn those layers off, we can see the image in its original state and there are two problems here. One is that the dog's face is just too dark and the second is that we have this waste bin popping up over the top of the park bench. So to fix the dog's face first of all, I'm going to do this again. I'll leave the original layers there but turned off and I'll add new layers. This is how I did it. Numerous ways we could do this, this is how I did it and I think this is a good approach.

Add a Levels adjustment layer. So Levels are what we used to adjust the tonal quality of an image and I'm going to get the white point slider, which is going to adjust the highlights and I'm going to bring them over to the left, but more importantly and to have a bigger impact, I'm going to get the mid-point slider and I'm going to bring that over to the left. Now while I do that, that is lightening up the midtone areas of the whole of my image, which is not what I want. I only want to affect just that portion of the dog's face. So having done that, I'm then going to work on this area down here, the layer mask. Now the layer mask is currently white; there is nothing on it.

I'm going to fill it with black, meaning that I'll mask the change that I have just made. To fill it with black, I'll make sure that black is my foreground color. If necessary, press the D key to restore your foreground and background colors to black and white and if all, white and black, and if white is your foreground color then pressing the x key will toggle those two. So black is my foreground color. Hold down the Option key or the Alt key and then press Delete. Now what that has done is invalidate the change that I have just made. We see there a black mask on that adjustment layer. I'll now choose my Brush tool and an appropriate Brush size. So I'm going to need a bigger Brush size than that, I could come up to here and change it, but instead, I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut, right bracket. And I want to make sure that my brush is completely soft as well, has a Hardness of 0, which is right there, or if I wanted to use the shortcut for that, Shift+Left bracket.

And then I want to make sure that I'm painting in white. So I'm going to switch my foreground color to white, X will do that and now I can just paint over the dog's face and you can see that it's getting lighter. Okay, that's done. The next thing I want to do is remove the waste bin. For that purpose, I'm going to use the Clone Stamp tool, this one here, to clone an area of grass over the waste bin. But in case I go wrong, very easy to go wrong when you are retouching, I'm going to add the retouching to a separate layer. That way any mistake is going to be very easy to recover from. So I'll add a new empty layer, create new layer, I can name it if I wish, I'll call it retouch and then choose my Clone Stamp tool.

Now in order for this to work, in order for us to clone from one layer because we are going to be cloning from the background layer and paint to another to the retouch layer, then we have to make sure that we have this option chosen for the Sample option. It can be Current & Below or it could be this at this instance but I'm going to leave it at All Layers. And I'm going to zoom in on that area. Command+Spacebar-click and drag and just position my document in the center of my window.

Now the other thing I would like to do is just section that area off a bit by using the Polygon Lasso tool so that I can't apply any cloning outside of that area. I can clone from outside the area, but I can't clone anywhere but into that area. So using my Clone tool, choosing appropriate size Brush and Brush Hardness and then Alt-click or Option+ click to set a sample point and paint over that. All right, that looks good. Now zoom out, Command+0, Ctrl+0 to de-select my selected area. Command+D or Ctrl+D and there is my new and improved image.

There is the before, there is the after. Now this image, I have saved as a TIFF and I have saved it as a TIFF so that I can retain these layers. If I were to save as a JPEG, I would be compelled to flatten the layers into one background layer and I would lose the option of anytime afterwards coming back to the image and making further adjustments on the layers. So I want to maintain maximum flexibility and that's why I'm saving as a TIFF. It was already placed in the InDesign document as a TIFF. So when I'll now press Command+S or Ctrl+S to save, it will update in place in my InDesign document.

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Designing a Newsletter

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  1. 6m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 28s
    3. Overview
      4m 18s
  2. 22m 2s
    1. Saving a custom workspace
      2m 8s
    2. Deconstructing the document
      3m 3s
    3. Using a template
      1m 38s
    4. Setting up the workspace
      4m 58s
    5. Setting up the document
      1m 49s
    6. Creating layers
      1m 7s
    7. Creating the baseline grid
      3m 5s
    8. Creating text and picture frames
      4m 14s
  3. 23m 45s
    1. Choosing images
      2m 17s
    2. Placing images
      3m 24s
    3. Fitting images with object styles
      2m 26s
    4. Cropping images
      3m 9s
    5. Creating cutouts
      4m 26s
    6. Creating partial cutouts
      2m 24s
    7. Fixing a problem image
      5m 39s
  4. 39m 45s
    1. Placing text
      6m 30s
    2. Cleaning up text
      2m 49s
    3. Designing body text
      8m 46s
    4. Designing headlines: 36, 24, 16, 12
      11m 20s
    5. Loading styles
      1m 54s
    6. Applying styles
      4m 35s
    7. Working with text wraps
      3m 51s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Designing the nameplate
      11m 49s
    2. Designing footers
      6m 0s
    3. Choosing and creating colors
      4m 49s
    4. Designing color panels
      8m 16s
    5. Creating drop caps
      4m 19s
    6. Creating department heads
      9m 8s
    7. Designing a review section
      7m 12s
    8. Designing a calendar
      4m 39s
    9. Finessing text
      5m 33s
    10. Designing the masthead
      5m 8s
    11. Designing the feature spread
      3m 10s
    12. Creating pull quotes, captions, and photo credits
      7m 24s
    13. Designing a mailing area
      2m 32s
    14. Designing a table of contents
      2m 15s
  6. 27m 20s
    1. Using live preflight
      6m 8s
    2. Proofing and imposing pages
      4m 33s
    3. Making a print-ready PDF
      4m 15s
    4. Making a screen PDF
      1m 49s
    5. Packaging
      3m 17s
    6. Saving snippets
      3m 48s
    7. Saving as a template
      3m 30s
  7. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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