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In this movie, I'll show you how to rebuild a missing photographic details. Specifically, this forward foot right there that's associated with my youngest son, Sam, and you may recall from a previous movie that the reasons things look like this is 'cause I built up the bottom of the image in order to make room for that foot. The original photograph looks like this, so, you can see that I inadvertently cropped away my son's shoe and that's just not cool as those of you who take a lot of portrait shots know, problem is this was by far the best photograph on top of the Ushmal pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Coba in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and I'm not going back there anytime soon, so I need to figure out a way to reinstate that foot in order to create this effect right here.
So if you take a look at the layers family you can see that there's this layer called new shoe, and if I turn it off, you can see that it is responsible for the reinstated shoe. Now I had a hard time coming up with how to make this work. Obviously I could try to you know, duplicate this rear foot here, and rotate it into position somehow, or I could draw this shoe. I could paint it, pixel for pixel, or I could go shoe shopping. I thought of doing that, I actually did do some searching for green shoes on the web.
But when all is said and done, it certainly occurred to me that, wait a second, I bet, I shot some other photographs of Sam and his shoe including this one right here. So, while it's not flattering of Sam in general. If you scroll down here, you can see that we have got a forward. Facing shoe, which is exactly what we need in order to complete the good shot. So, what I'm going to do, is armed with the rectangular marquee tool, I'm going to go ahead and marquee this shoe like so, and then I'll just go ahead and copy it, either by going up to the edit menu and choosing the copy command, or I could just press control C, or command C on the Mac, and now we want to go to our image in progress here, and I'm going to zoom in on the photograph like so, and I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Paste command.
Or you can press Ctrl+V or Cmd+V on the Mac to paste that shoe into place, and now I'm going to go ahead and rename this layer new shoe, and I also need to transform it in order to make it match. I need to scale it into position, and since I want my transformation to be nondestructive, I need to convert this layer into a smart object by right-clicking inside the image window. With my rectangular marquee tool, and then I'll choose Convert to Smart Object, and you can now see that we have an embedded Smart Object inside this image, and now, I'll go ahead and press the 5 key to reduce the opacity of the shoe to 50%, so I can better see what I'm doing, and now I'll press the Ctrl key.
The command key on the Mac and drag this guy into the desired position, which is going to be somewhere around here. Try to make sure that this top edge of the shoe is aligned to the top edge of the shoe that's cut off in the image in the background. So I'll go ahead and turn the new shoe layer back on, and then I'll go up to the edit menu and choose free transform, and I'm going to move this little target right there to this position so that we scale with respect to that origin point right there and then go ahead and drag a corner handle, like so, while also pressing the Shift and Alt keys.
That's shift and option on a Mac, and that's to the fact you have the shift key down you will scale the image proportionally, and thanks to the fact that you have the alt or option key down, you will scale with respect to that target right there. Now the answer to width and height values that I'm looking for up here in the options bar are 115%. I just figured that out through trial and error. So I'm going to go ahead and link these two values together like so and then I'll click on the w. To highlight the width value and I'll change it to 115, and I'll press the Enter Key a couple of times, or the Return Key on a Mac, in order to apply that change.
Now, I'll Control drag this guy just a little bit over, I think, to, right about there. All righ,t now you want to press the zero key in order to reinstate an opacity value of 100% here inside the layers panel, and now we need to mask this shoe into place. So go ahead and drop down to the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel, and click on it in order to add a mask. All right, now let's go add the brush tool, and I'm going to press the D key to make sure that I've got my default colors so white is the foreground color.
I need it to be black, so I'll press the X key to swap these two colors, and that way I'm going to paint away the mask. And also right click inside the image window. You can set the size value to anything you want, but I'm going to crank the hardness value down the zero percent like so. And then I'm just going to go ahead and paint away some of this stuff right here, his pants leg right there. I don't know how much of it I want to paint actually into place from the background. That's one way to think of it. And I want to paint it all the way up to the top.
So make sure you paint away the top of that layer. Like so, and if you want to make sure that you've gotten it right, then you want to Alt+click or Option+click in the layer mask thumbnail here inside the Layers panel so that you can see that all this stuff is nice and filled in as we see it here. All right, now Alt or Option+click again. So Alt or Option+clicking on that layer mask thumbnail allows you to see the layer mask independently of the image itself, and I want to paint some of this even farther back like so.
Now at this point we've got this kind of double shoe effect, as you can see right here. So what you need to do is right click inside the image window again and this time crank the hardness value up pretty high. Let's go ahead and take it to about 90% and see how that works, and then I'll press the enter key, the return key to accept that change. I'm going to reduce the size of my cursor by pressing the left square bracket key. It's immediately to the right of the P as in Paul key on an American keyboard. Then press the X key so that your foreground color is once again white, and now let's go ahead and paint this shoe into place, along the bottom of the pants leg like so.
So, that we have one continuous shoe as opposed to the shoe that's kind of breaking in half. And you may end up with some weird transitions in which case just paint further out like so in order to make sure you have if anything. Too much of the reinstated shoe and notice that we have a little bit of a strange transition right there. So I'm going to paint very close to that pant's leg, so this is all hand masking, as you can see at this point.
And what that means is that you can make subjective decisions as you move along, and this looks pretty good to me. At which point I need to once again right click inside the image window and crank the hardness value back down to zero percent as you see it there. Then I'll press the Enter key, Return key on a Mac and my cursor. By pressing the right bracket key a few times and then I'll press the X key once again, so then I'm painting with black and then I'll just paint that transition back into place so that we have some smooth edges.
And you're going to have to go farther down here. So, I'm going to press the right bracket key several times in order to expand my cursor. And then paint down like that in order to bring back a bunch of rock. You'll probably go too far and paint into the shoe. That's okay, we'll come back to that in a second. Now reduce the size of the cursor by pressing the Left Bracket Key, at least that's what I'm doing, and then I'll paint around this side over here. Expand the size of my cursor once again. Paint up to this region, like so, and then paint all the way up to make sure I have some nice, soft transitions.
Then I'm going to reduce the size of my cursor quite a bit. I'll press the X key so that my foreground color is again white, so that I can paint back in the shoe, and you want to start right about there. Not too high, or you'll paint away the pant leg. So I'm not painting where I'm wiggling the cursor right now. You want to just paint down on this area here to make sure the entire shoe is nice and opaque. You don't want a ghost shoe at any point, and then if you want to you can Alt+click, or Option+click, once again on that layer mask thumbnail here inside the Layers panel just to make sure that everything looks more or less the way it should, and it does to me.
That's a good mask, except I might want to just paint this area down here black. So I'll press the X key to make my foreground color black once again, and I'll paint in this region like so, and now you can just click on the layer thumbnail if you want to to switch back to the layer and, of course, to see the show in the context of the larger image. Now I want to add a kind of shadow around the shoe just so that it looks like it's really grounded inside this image, because if you check out the other shoe, it's got a shadow, and Max's shoe, my oldest son's shoe, has a shadow as well.
So this is what we're going to do you want to create a new layer by pressing control shift n or command shift n on the mac lets call it shadow what the heck and i'll click okay and ive still got my brush tool as you can see active here in the toolbox right click inside the image window i still have a hardness of zero percent that's what i want, and so, with black as my foreground color, which it is. And if it's not for you, you can just tap the D key for the default colors. Then, just go ahead and paint around the shoe, like so.
Doesn't that look great? Well, of course it doesn't, but it will in just a moment. So, here's what you do. First thing, is you go ahead and change the blend mode from normal to overlay, and that way, we're going to get a more integrated shadow, like so. Now, the reason it still looks horrible, is because it's too opaque. So what you want to do is press the escape key here on the PC, so that the overlay mode is no longer active, and then you can press the m key to switch back to the rectangular marquee tool, and that way you can just tap a few numbers to fool around with the opacity value here, and I came up with an opacity of 30%, which I am instating by pressing the 3 key.
All right, now I'm going to zoom back in. We need to make sure the shadow is not encroaching on the shoe itself. It should just show up in the background behind the show. And so, what you need to do is select the eraser tool and then right-click inside the image window. Go ahead and crank that hardness value down to zero, like so. And then you just want to paint inside the shoe in order to brighten it up, so we're getting rid of the shadow that I painted into the shoe. And now we've just got a shadow around it. So this is what the shoe looks without that shadow, this is what it looks like with that shadow.
And as you can see, it's much more integrated with the shadow of course. All right now press the f key a couple of times to switch to the full screen mode. Press control zero or command zero on the mac in order to take in the entire image. Then Im going to scroll down so we can see that shoe and that friends is how you reinstate a missing photographic detail. For all those hands, and elbows, and shoes that get cut off, by selecting that detail from an entirely different photograph that you shot on the very same day, in the same environment, and then mask into place here inside Photoshop.
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