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Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers


Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

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Video: Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers

This week we're going to look at a little feature So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select It has a mask.
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  1. 9m 33s
    1. Easter basket: Creating the basket NEW
      9m 33s
  2. 25m 4s
    1. St. Patrick's Day card: Creating a shamrock and a pot of gold
      9m 13s
    2. St. Patrick's Day card: Adding the details
      8m 13s
    3. Creating a 3D Easter egg
      7m 38s
  3. 36m 43s
    1. Making a piece of candy: Adding the jelly filling
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a Valentine's Day card
      10m 10s
    3. Turning a daytime scene into night
      8m 24s
    4. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag
      7m 18s
  4. 45m 43s
    1. Using the Photoshop Flame Generator
      6m 53s
    2. Creating a mountain scene
      8m 24s
    3. Creating reflections in water
      6m 8s
    4. Making a diamond-encrusted type
      12m 11s
    5. Making a piece of candy: Creating the chocolate base
      12m 7s
  5. 27m 47s
    1. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    2. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s
    3. Making a New Year's 2015 card
      14m 21s
  6. 33m 21s
    1. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    2. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    3. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
  7. 47m 25s
    1. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    2. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    3. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
  8. 46m 32s
    1. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    2. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    3. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    4. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
  9. 45m 16s
    1. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    2. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    3. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    4. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    5. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
  10. 28m 56s
    1. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    2. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    3. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
  11. 42m 42s
    1. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    2. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    3. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    4. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
  12. 48m 47s
    1. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    2. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    3. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    4. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    5. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
  13. 34m 22s
    1. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    2. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    3. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    4. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
  14. 29m 7s
    1. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    2. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    3. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    4. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
  15. 38m 48s
    1. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    2. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    3. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    4. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
  16. 36m 9s
    1. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    2. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    3. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    4. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    5. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
  17. 31m 44s
    1. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    2. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
  18. 47m 14s
    1. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    2. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    3. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    4. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
  19. 40m 9s
    1. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    2. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    3. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    4. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
  20. 21m 8s
    1. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    2. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    3. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
  21. 42m 37s
    1. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    2. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    3. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    4. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    5. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
  22. 29m 24s
    1. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    2. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    3. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    4. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
  23. 23m 36s
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s

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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.

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Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers

This week we're going to look at a little feature in Photoshop which a lot of people don't really understand. There's this little guy right here called Auto Align Layers. Right now it's grayed out because I only have a single layer. Just a picture right there. Just a background. But we're going to see how this can be used for two different purposes. One, to take something out, the other to put something in. So now, right here, I like this image. I like the way the tree was playing this against this brick wall back here and I like this shadow but I knew I didn't like this sign.

And I didn't like the little piece of car. Well the car is fine, I could just crop it right there. But the sign, well that's in the way. Little fill with continental wear isn't going to quite get it because of the random structure of these bricks back here and then that shadow. That shadow has to continue and be nice and clean to make it look like the pole isn't there. So what we're going to do here is plan ahead. Now since I knew I wanted to take this little sign out, what I did is I took a couple of steps over to the left and took a second shot right here.

Now they're not perfectly aligned, it doesn't matter. But you notice that now that the no parking sign is a little over to the left, exposing that part of the shadow back there that was hidden here. There you can see the difference, right there. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this image right here, and I'm just going to drag it right on top of that one. There it is just place it right on top right there like that. So now, I now have a layer. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select the background, and even though the background is not a layer, Auto Align Layers is going to treat it like a layer by first converting it to a layer.

So I look over here and see now they're active. So I'm going to say Auto Align Layers. Click OK. Now there's quite a few choices here. I'm going to leave the auto. Do whatever is necessary. Twist it, bend it, whatever is necessary to make it fit so the two of them are perfectly aligned. Click OK, and there we go. Now if I turn the top one off, there you can see that the tree's moving slightly over. The shadow's pretty close, but the tree and the sign are moving over. So what I'm going to do right now is I see I've got a little bit of extra stuff going in there.

I'm going to go in and crop it just to get those little pieces that were left out. In fact, we'll even crop out the car right there. We want just a little grass at the bottom. Then go over here and say Image Crop. And I can deselect it. So now I'm going to come in close here. I'm going to come in close. And there we see our sign. There's the sign. So what I'm going to do is in this particular layer right here, I'm going to take the first layer and I'm going to give it a mask. It has a mask. Now you know right now it's completely white so everything is visible.

Black is going to hide, so if I take my paintbrush and I choose black for the foreground color and we'll make it a little bigger. There we go. Nice size brush right there like that. And I'm in the mask so when I start to paint You can see what's happening. Now we got a little piece of that sign showing there. No problem because we are working in a mask. So notice, when I go all the way down, everything's been taken out. So, in the mask, I switch to white, and hide that up and there you can see that we now have the pole is gone.

There's the original, there it is the pole is completely gone leaving us with our tree and its little shadow in back. Now, how many times have you gone on a vacation with someone and the two of you want to kind of take a picture of the two of you so you hold the camera out. It's not always as as optimal as you would like. Like for instance in this particular case where my wife is standing in front of this hotel. If I was standing right here, we're holding the camera, we're just going to get this area here, we want to get the whole building. So you sometimes can ask somebody to take the picture for you.

But, it's really early in the morning, there's nobody else around so you put a tripod. Oh, I didn't have a tripod. We were going to go out and have some breakfast. I wasn't going to walk around with a tripod. So what I did is I had to stand where I wanted her to pose and I stood on a specific brick in this street right down here. She then came over to where I was standing, and took this picture. Now, notice, I moved myself over a little bit to the left, kind of right behind where she is. So right there. That gives you an idea of what's going to happen next. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to come in here and I'm going to take this picture, and as I did before, I'm going to drag it into here.

Take both and say Auto Align Layers. Again use Auto and that is going to be a lot of empty space there because of the fact that she's shorter than I am, standing slightly off or whatever. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just crop out just the portion that I want, right there, like that. Crop that. And let's get in close. So what I'm going to do is I got that layer and I'm going to give it a mask. Just like that. Now I'm in the mask, so with the paint brush and black and I'm going to start to draw right in here which is going to expose me and bring me into the image.

So, I go in here and I just put myself in. Get it all in place. And let's go down to the bottom. Get me all in there. Now I'm going to kind of tighten my my hardness here a little bit and continue. So that way I'm a little closer, and let's get the brush a little smaller. Make our brush a little smaller now. And I'm going to just paint right up to that edge, right in there like that, see? So it's just getting in there. And you would really take your time if you're trying to do a good job. I'm just going to kind of speed it up a little bit here, just so we don't waste a lot of time.

And there we can see that we have my foot in there, and then we go around and we do this part of her jacket right through there. And there, you can see that I am now in. But, when you do things like this, you have to keep in mind how things really work, okay? So when we pull back a little bit, I'm now standing behind her. There you go. We are both in the same picture. However, I am standing behind her. Look at my jeans. See how evenly lit they are? I'm behind her, which means she should be casting a shadow on me. So what I'm going to do. As a final touch, I'm going to go into that layer. Alright? So we go right here to the, layer where I'm standing, right here.

And what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my Burn tool. So I take my Burn tool, right there. And I'm going to just kind of darken right back here. Darken my leg. And back, and my jacket right in here. And these areas here. I'm going to set this to Shadows, cause we're going to be dealing with those dark tones. And we just kind of add a shadow right back there behind me, right there like that. And a little darker right in there. And there you can see that now the two of us are in fact standing in the same spot in front of this hotel.

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