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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Now that I have cloned this image on to the rear wall I want to go ahead and make sure that it matches its new home both in terms of its dimensions and in terms of its coloring. So for starters I am seeing that the image maybe a little big I am not sure if I need to scale it down to match that rear canvas so in order to see through the floating selection to the background I am going to go ahead and reduce this opacity value. Notice that when you have the marquee tool selected and you have a floater in place, a temporary layer going inside the Vanishing Point Filter that you have an opacity value, go ahead and reduce that opacity value to 50% and you can see that the image is pretty big it's a little too big to fit that blue canvas in the background.
We do want it to overlap so that we don't see any of the edges, any of those blue edges but we don't want it to be too big. Alright so I need to scale this image to fit and I am going to do that using this kind of right here the Transform tool. So go ahead and click on the Transform tool and notice that you now have transformation handles available to you. If you were to drag outside of the transformation boundary you would rotate it like so, so pretty standard free transform stuff going on here. I will go ahead and undo that modification because what I really want to do is I want to scale the item so I am going to drag the corner handles like this in order to make this image a little smaller and I am not worried about proportional scaling incidentally.
You may find that it's better in many cases inside the Vanishing Point Filter to not press the Shift key and not do a proportional resizing because frequently the proportions will get kind of messed up as you are working inside Vanishing Point and you are going to have basically stretch the image in order to make it fit its new environment. Alright anyway this looks pretty good. So now I am going to switch back to the Marquee tool and I am going to restore the opacity to a 100%. So this does behave like a temporary layer. We basically have this selection floating in front of the rest of the image, we haven't set it down yet.
The next thing I want to do is I want to soften these edges a little bit and then something that I can do on the fly check this out I have got a feather value right there. This is something that doesn't exist outside of the Vanishing Point Filter inside a Photoshop, you can't do a live feather of a layer. Certainly you can apply a layer mask and go that route but you can't take the existing transparency mask and modify its softness on the fly. That is something that you can do here inside the Vanishing Point Filter. So check this out I will make this selection softer on the fly.
Wouldn't that be useful in Photoshop in general? Yes it would be. And it is a source of great frustration for me. Once I saw this function at work here inside Vanishing Point I was just like oh why doesn't this exist in the real Photoshop world that is the larger world outside the Vanishing Point here. Anyway I am going to increase this feather value to 3 pixels and then I am going to take advantage of yet another function that doesn't exist outside in Photoshop which is Real Time Layer Healing. There is nothing like that going on outside of the Vanishing Point Filter but it exists right here.
I am going to change the heal setting from off because notice that the colors don't match, the colors of the photograph don't match the new background. I am going to switch the healing setting to on. I could also take advantage of luminance I will show you that very quickly which heals the luminance values that is the brightness levels but it doesn't do anything for the colors, so if I want to heal everything I would just set this option to on and sure enough I get a great color and brightness match just right there on the fly amazing function.
Alright next thing I want to do though is I want to flip this image, the reason being that notice that this edge of the canvas is facing toward us and yet this is the real edge that's toward us. So this imaginary edge is on the wrong side of the image so I would just want to flip the entire thing that's going to flip him as well. I don't care about that. I want to get this edge where it belongs. And so I am going to go back to the Transform tool where all of my transformation functions are including my flipping functions and notice that I have two options to choose from flip and flop.
And here's the hilarious part I just think this is fantastically funny. You know how you can hover over an option to find a little hint about it, for example, if I hover over the Transform tool it tells me it's a Transform tool and it tells me the keyboard shortcut inside of parenthesis that's really helpful. Check this out, checkout what happens when you hover over flip. It says flip the copy and if I hover over flop it says flop the copy. Hey thank you very much Adobe now I totally understand what's going on. What a great hint that was. Alright seriously here's what's going on.
This is a horizontal flip, flip is a horizontal flip and flop is a vertical flip. Now, why they just didn't call them hflip and vflip, I do know actually it's because the engineers decided people were going to get confused because you can rotate your photograph right you can rotate the image and then flop is now horizontal modification instead of a vertical modification but you know what out in the larger world of Photoshop they just call it horizontal Flip even if it's being transformed and people somehow don't get mixed up. Flop doesn't make any darn sense.
But anyway I digress. I am going to go ahead and backspace a couple of operations here so that I get this guy upright so he is no longer rotated and then I am going to turn on the Flip option which is what I want. So if you can't keep track that flip is hflip and flop is vflip then just try one if it doesn't do what you wanted to try the other one that's simple. Alright this guy looks great I think he is just utterly and completely fantastic. He is a little pixelated but that's because we are zoomed so far into the image, we are zoomed into 300% here.
Let's go ahead and apply our modification by clicking on the OK button that deposits that little image you can see it right there inside of the layer thumbnail. What I am going to do though what's more useful I think is I am going to go ahead and scroll over to this region of the photograph and I am going to zoom in so that we can see the cloned image inside of its new home on an independent layer there it is in case I want to move it around change the Blend Mode or otherwise modify it independently of the larger composition.
Wonderful, wonderful function thanks to Vanishing Point.
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