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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, now for the second and the hour hand, let's go get them. I have got two images opened: Merge faces.psd, which I have modified over the course of the previous exercise as you may recall, and then Clock parts.tif. We are going to go back to the Clock parts.tif. We are going to press Ctrl+Alt+Z, Command+Option+Z on the Mac. So I have restored the original big old selection here. Now I'm going to scroll down a little bit and Shift+Alt+Drag or Shift+Option+Drag with the Marquee tool around this hand, and I'm going to Ctrl+Drag it, Command+Drag it on the Mac into Merge faces.psd and then drop it in the place, and then I'm going to go back over to Clock parts.tif, and press Ctrl+Alt+Z, Command+Option+Z on the Mac in order to back step. I know I'm working kind of quickly here but that's because this part is a little bit tedious. We have done it over and over again.
Now, Shift+Alt+Drag or Shift+Option+ Drag around the second hand. So I'm assuming you have got it by now, Ctrl+ Drag or Command+Drag the second hand into Merge faces.psd and then drop it into place and we now have the two hands ready to go, and just in case you don't have it by now and you are kind of going, what that went awfully fast here? I'll go ahead and save this out for you. We'll call this one the hour hand and we will call this one the second hand and both need to go under minute hand like so in order to get the stacking, and the relative sizing of the central item of the dial, the way that we wanted.
So let's go ahead and save this as something like All hands on deck.psd. That's what we will call it, that's so darn clever, and Click Save, and there you have it. So if you weren't able to keep up or you didn't want to, or I went too fast, or you are just angry at me in general, you can go ahead and load this document All hands on deck.psd. Now, let's go ahead and transform these hands the way that we want them. So I have got the Hour layer selected. I went ahead and Clicked on it to select it, then press Ctrl+T, Command+T on a Mac to enter to the Free Transform mode, press Ctrl+Shift+T, Command+Shift+T on a Mac in order to invoke the last transformation. So that both minute hand and hour hand are scaled to the same degree and of course, they are pointing in an exactly the same direction which isn't really what we want.
But here is what I'm going to do, I'm going to make this hand a little bigger by going up here to the Chain icon and Clicking on it. So that we are linking the Width and Height values and then I'll change the Width value to 47%. So 6% larger, and then I'll press the Return key or the Enter key in order to accept that numerical modification, and then I'll go ahead and try to align these guys if I can. I don't want to use the Align command or anything like that, because it wouldn't be a good alignment. It's pretty hard to even see what the heck I'm doing here because we have got black on black, but this looks about right and then I would manually position that origin point there to about this location there. You don't have to get it exactly, you can always change it later of course, and then I'm going to drag like so outside of the transformation boundary in order to rotate. So anytime you drag outside that boundary, doesn't matter where you drag either. Notice I'm dragging way over here, ha, ha, ha, look at me. I can still rotate this hour hand.
I want to rotate it -128 degrees if you want to match what I'm doing and incidentally, in case you are wondering what these degrees are all about, they are skewing, slanting. So a horizontal slant and a vertical slant is what those guys are about. Then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to accept that transformation, and then I'm going to press Ctrl along with the Arrow keys or Command along with the Arrow keys until I get this guy exactly in place, and so this central dial here should cover up this hole in the cardinal.
So that looks good. Now, let's go ahead and grab the second hand and move it more or less into place here like so and then I'm going to press Ctrl+T and by the way, I did that by Ctrl+Dragging or Command+Dragging that hand into place after selecting it here inside of the Layers palette. Press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac in order to invoke the Free Transform mode. Go ahead and move that origin point, I don't know if this is going to work. I'm going to move this origin point where I want it, and now I'm going to press Ctrl+Shift+T and see if it honors that origin point or the previous origin point, let's see; Ctrl+Shift+T, yeah, it honors the previous origin point, interesting.
So Ctrl+Shift+T, Command+Shift+T on the Mac, I know. We are learning together, that's always fun. I'll go ahead and move this guy down. Look at that, this is as really learning together. Look at that origin point stay in place, even as I move the hand to a different location, what's odd about, that's cool. Actually that's great, because I have that origin point right where I wanted. Oh! This is delightful. I love this. Look I can nudge too by pressing the Arrow keys. That's why I like Photoshop, nifty, and then I'm going to slightly enlarge the second hand. So I'm going to Click on the Link icon right there, and the reason I want to slightly enlarge it is I want to see the dial or the hand behind the other hands if possible.
All right so, we will enlarge this one to 53% like so, that looks pretty good. Then I can drag this more if I wanted to, but I just know that, my instincts are just telling me a rotate value of negative 8 degrees is going to work out beautifully for us and then I'll press the Enter key twice in a row or the Return key twice in a row on a Mac in order to accept that transformation, and isn't that lovely? We now have three hands working together there on the clock face. But I'll tell you what. I think we can do better. What we need is drop shadows for all three hands, and you may notice that the frame has a little bit of a drop shadow associated with it. So it's casting a shadow onto the cardinal painting, onto the clock face and that's a function of this guy right here, the Frame layer, and I could reveal the layer effects by Clicking on what was formerly a down pointing arrow ahead right there, and it's a drop shadow, that's all it is.
So watch what you can do. You can right-Click on the FX icon there, that's associated with this layer, or if you don't have right mouse button, you press the Ctrl key and Click on the Mac and then you would choose this command right there, Copy Layer Style and that will copy all the layer effects that are associated with this layer, happens to be we just have one, which is drop shadow. Go ahead and copy it, and then go ahead and Click on Minute and Shift+Click on Second in order to select that entire range, right-Click on anyone of them out here in the empty area of the layer, to the right of the name of the layer. Go ahead and right-Click or Ctrl+ Click in that area and choose Paste Layer Style and that is going to paste that layer style onto all three layers at once. Go, bang, and it works like that there, and that looks pretty darn nice to me. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you series duplication where you can replicate a rotation that you have applied over and over and over again if you so desire. It's not necessarily the most practical technique on Earth, but it is a cool party trick, as you learn if you stick with me.
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