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This course 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.
In this movie, I'll show you how to integrate a detail that you've captured, using a smart phone, into a composition that was otherwise captured, using a high-end DSLR. So it's a kind of mix and match. And, the great thing about it from my vantage point anyway, is that it's a combination of ingenuity and absolute laziness. So, for example, we have this one space that's still outstanding, that's associated with this board game here, and it's the only one that I can't replace using some other space on the board, because you may recall in a previous movie, we duplicated home state and win votes.
But this guy right here, you can't read it at all. It's in terrible shape, but it says open ballot. And this is the only place on the board, that it occurs. Now, I'm sure that I captured more than one shot, of this image using this 5D. The problem is, I haven't backed up those particular images. And, the cameras not with me. And so what I did was I looked on my phone, and I found this version of the board game right here, that I went ahead ans snapped, because we were having a blast playing it.
And so I captured it with my phone, and you can see, however, that the detail, the level of detail, is totally different. We've got all kinds of grain going on, and so forth, and it's still very hard to read. But, in the end, by the time we're done with this movie, we'll come up with this space right there, which is. Not an absolute match, but it's not a bad match either. It looks pretty darn good in relationship to its environment. So, the first thing I'm going to do, is switch back to the iPhone image right here.
And I'll go ahead and select my Elliptical Marquee Tool, from the Marquee Tool Fly out Menu, and I'll marquee this space right here, I'll go ahead and surround it with an ellipse, like so, and so I don't want to select any of home state over here on the right hand side. Or a win vote to the left-hand side, but I do want to select generously here. I want to select Open Ballot. And then, I'll go up to the Edit menu, and choose a Copy command, or you can press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C on the Mac, and then I'll switch back to my image in progress here.
And I'll go ahead and zoom in on this space. And I'll return to the Edit menu, and choose the Paste command, or Ctrl+V, or Cm+V on the Mac. And you can see, these two images just do not belong together. They could not have been captured by less similar image sensors. And as a result, they really have nothing in common. However, we can jury-rig things, inside of Photoshop, it's great for that. So the first thing I'm going to do is name this layer. So I'll go ahead and call it Ballet, let's say.
And I'm going to eventually want to apply some filters. And I need to transform the layer as well. And I want everything to be nice and dynamic. So I'm going to right-click inside the image and choose Convert to Smart Object. Now, I want to be able to see the image in the background a little bit here, so, let's say I'll press the seven key. In order to reduce the opacity to 70%, and then I'll just go ahead and Ctrl-drag, Cmd-drag this guy over. Until the o aligns. Now let's see how that works. And then I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Free Transform.
I'll move this origin point to about there, that little target, and I'll go ahead and drag outside of the layer to rotate it. And I've found that an angle value of about 38 degrees, ends up working out nicely. And then, I'll go ahead and drag this lower-right corner handle. In order to scale the layer, I'll press the Shift and Alt keys down. That would be the Shift and Option keys in the Mac. In order to constrain the width and height, so that I'm applying a proportional scale.
So that I'm scaling with respect to that target. And again I have some specific values in mind, based on experience. So, I'll go ahead and link the width and height values together up here in the Options bar. And I'll change either one of them to 110%, like so. Now, I'll just go ahead and nudge this guy intto a better location, such as perhaps right there, and then I'll press the Enter key. Or the Return key on a Mac, in order to accept that change. All right, now we want to restore the opacity to 100%, and I'll do that by pressing the zero key.
Now the next issue I want to address is this white edge around the space. I'm going to get rid of it using some advance blending. So, I'll double-click on an empty portion of this ballet layer. To the right of the word ballot. To bring up the Layer Style dialogue box, and then I'll drop down to the, this layer slider. Keep an eye on this bright edge right there. I'll drag this white slider triangle over to 100, and you see that, that edge goes away. And, actually more than just the edge goes away but, the edge is gone. We do have some harsh transitions though, so I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac.
And drag the right half of the white slider triangle to 200, so the first value actually wants to be 100, not 110 so I'll take that down to 100, and the value after the slash wants to be 200. And then, I'll go ahead and click OK. Now, we need to get rid of some of that noise, as much of that noise as possible, in fact, and let me make sure I've got things aligned properly, I'll go and turn that layer off. And then turn it back on. It looks like it's a little high, so I'll press Ctrl down arrow a couple of times.
That would be Cmd down arrow on a Mac, in order to nudge that guy down, and now it looks like it's in the proper location. All right, now let's get rid of the noise by going up to the Filter menu, choosing Noise, and choosing Reduce Noise. And these are the values I came up with. You're going to want to crank that strength up to its maximum of ten. We don't want to preserve much in the way of details, so take that down to 5%. Reduce color noise really doesn't matter for what we're doing, but, 25% will work, and then sharpen details, you definitely want that set to 0%.
You could turn off remove jpeg artifact or you can turn it on if you think it's helpful. It doesn't really make that much of a difference, although there are tons of jpeg compression artifacts inside this image. I also went ahead and saved this guy as high noise, so I clicked on the little hard drive icon. And when it had named it, but addition to doing that, you also have to go ahead and choose High Noise, otherwise, you'll replace your default settings, you have to choose high noise before you click OK. And once you do, then you will see your new smart filter listed below the ballot layer.
I'm going to get rid of that filter mask just because it's consuming to much room, by right-clicking on that thumbnail, and choosing Delete Filter Mask. Right, now we want to sharpen up this text, it's so gooey right now, it's barely legible, I'm not sure that someone who hasn't played this game, which is just about everybody out there, would be able to read this. But I think if we sharpen a layer, it will be a little more intelligible, so, with about layer selected, you want to go up to the Filter menu, choose Sharpen and choose Smart Sharpen.
I just want to mention here, anytime you do this, anytime you want to. Get rid of the noise in the image as well, sharpen it. You want to reduce the noise first, and then apply Smart Sharpen in this case. Now, notice that I've cranked these values extremely high. First of all I've got remove set to lens blur, then I've taken the amount value up to it's maximum of 500%. I set the radius to five pixels, now the important thing here is that I'm working in Photoshop CC. If you're working in CS6 or earlier, you'll want to reduce the radius to about three pixels, if you're working along with me.
And I've also cranked the reduced noise value, which is non-existent in CS6, but it's here in CC, and I've cranked it up to 100%. So that's an awful lot of sharpening, more than you would normally apply, but notice that it takes that otherwise illegible space right there, and makes it so you can kind of. Read it anyway. You might mistake the word open for oven. But still, you get the idea. So go ahead and click OK, in order to apply that change. The final trick here, is to create a kind of match, to blend this space into it's new surroundings.
And I'm going to do that pretty simply actually, by changing the blend mode from normal, in the upper left corner of the layers panel. To Luminosity. And that way we're keeping the colors from the original image. You know, when I'm zoomed in this far, I'm seeing the image at 200% right now. Things look pretty gooey, and a little bit clumsy as well. But as soon as I start zooming out, we've got a pretty darn good match. So, this is the way the space looked before. Which was, to say, it didn't even look like a space really, and this is the way the space looks now, thanks to the fact that I was able to locate a detail from the scene, that I had captured using my phone, which of course, delivers the noisiest image ever.
And yet I was still able to successfully merge it into it's new DSLR environment. Thanks to the noise reduction, sharpening, and blending powers, of Adobe Photoshop.
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