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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey, gang, this is Deke McClelland, welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week, I am going to show you how to take those Andy Warhol style variations that we've been creating over the past couple of weeks, and we are going to combine all six of them into a single Photoshop document so that every single image is precisely aligned and not a single pixel is clipped and the canvas is exactly precisely the size it needs to be. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. We will start things off in Photoshop's companion program, Bridge.
So if you are working inside Photoshop, go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge. Then if you are working along with me, you want to direct the Bridge to the contents of today's folder, and you will find all six of the Warhol variations, starting with Portrait shot #1a and ending with Portrait shot #2c. Go ahead and click on the first and Shift-click on the last in order to select all six, and then go up to the Tools menu, choose Photoshop, and choose Load Files into Photoshop Layers. Now bear in mind that these are all multi-layered images.
We don't want all those layers, and the great thing about Load Files into Photoshop Layers is that it goes ahead and flattens each one of the files and then assigns it to an independent layer, and it looks like this. Bridge will automatically switch you over to Photoshop, and you'll see some activity over here inside the Layers Panel as Photoshop flattens each one of the layered files and then adds it to the larger variation composition. So we now have a total of six layers if you scroll through them here inside the Layers Panel, once again, that are all lumped directly on top of each other.
We need to give ourselves more room to work. So go up to the Image menu and choose the Canvas Size command and then you want to turn the Relative check box off and switch from Pixels or whatever unit of measurement you are working in to Percent. Now we know we have a total of six variations, so we need to make room for them, that is 3 wide and 2 deep and you do that by changing the Width value to 300% and then tab your way to the Height value and change it to 200% and that translates to 3 by 2, which is a total of 6.
Now I'll go ahead and click in the upper left corner of the Anchor Matrix so that we will expand the canvas to the right as well as down, and then click OK, and we end up with this effect here. Now you want to press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac to zoom out and press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select the entire image. Now go to the Layers Panel and click on Portrait shot #1b, which should be the second layer down and switch to the Move Tool, which you can also get by pressing the V key.
Now the great thing about the Move Tool is when you have a selection outline active, you can use these Align icons up here in the Options bar in order to align a layer to the selection. So in our case, what we want to do is click on this final Align icon, which is Align right edges, and that goes ahead and moves the second portrait shot to the far right. Now click on the next layer down, again, inside the Layers Panel and go up to the Options bar and click on this guy right there, Align bottom edges in order to scoot that third variation to the bottom, and then click on Align horizontal centers in order to center it inside the canvas.
Now you want to move to the next image down, which you can do by clicking on it or you can press Alt+Left Bracket--that would be Option+Left Bracket on the Mac--just in case you are looking for a keyboard shortcut. And for this guy, all you need to do is click this icon, Align horizontal centers, in order to move them into the proper position. Both of the next layers need to be moved to the bottom, so click on one and then Shift-click on the other, so these are the bottom two layers in the stack which are called Portrait shots #2b and #2c. And then go up to the Options bar and click on this icon, Align bottom edges.
It's going to look like it's not necessarily working, but it's moving them both into a coincident location, so in other words, they're both on top of each other down here in the lower left corner of the canvas. Then click on the final layer, the one at the bottom of the stack, #2c, and go up to the Options Bar again and click Align right edges to move it to the proper position. We are done! Press Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac. I'll press Shift+F to switch to the Full Screen mode, and then I'll go ahead and zoom in, scroll down a little bit as well.
And those are my final six variations combined and perfectly aligned using a combination of Bridge working together with Photoshop. Now in case it's not obvious, you can use this trick for combining any forms of variations or different photographs, as long as each one of the images is exactly the same size. I know, now I tell you, if you are waiting for next week's free video, we are going to switch over to Illustrator, and I'll show you how to create this pattern of size changing, color changing, inset circles, perfect for your next shower curtain.
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