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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.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
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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Throughout the first several exercises in this chapter, we will be working with the image you see on screen before you hear, it's called bluegallery.psd and it's available inside the 17 Vanishing Point Folder. And this gallery image here shot in Perspective, one can't really help but shoot an image like this in Perspective after all. This image comes to us from Malcolm Romain. And what we are going to do, we are going to make several modifications to this image using the Vanishing Point filter. I am going to go ahead and switch to the full-screen mode and zoom in a little bit.
We are going to clone away these electrical sockets along the baseboard. We are going to clone away this electrical socket in the floor of the image. We are also going to put several paintings into these blue frames and we are going to add some type in Perspective above these two frames right here on the central wall of the image. Now as I say this image comes to us from Malcolm Romain, Malcolm is the one who created the blue frames. If you take a look at the reflections of the paintings in the floor, you can see that while they are very dark, they are not by any means blue.
So the photographer went ahead and switched out the original paintings for these blue campuses, which is very handy for us because it means that we can easily mask the new images inside of these frames as I have done in the case of this image here. If you take a look at the Layers palette, I will go ahead and open it up here you can see that in addition to the Background layer and I will go ahead and widen this palette just a little bit in addition to the Background layer, which looks like this. If I Alt+Click in the eyeball in front of background or option click on that eyeball, you can see that this frame right here used to be empty inside the original eyestockphoto.com image then I went ahead and added this layer right here that I am calling guy, I will Shift+Click on the Layer mask so that you can see it's actually a vertical image from photographer Lise Gagne that I have thrown into place and I have mapped into the scene using the Vanishing Point filter.
So I have mapped it into Perspective to match the scene after all and then I masked the image inside of the blue frame using this Layer mask right here and then finally I added a little bit of shading in the form of the Shading layer that is masked inside of the guy layer as a clipping mask and it's actually a very simple shading effect, we will see more of it in a later exercise. Alright so I just wanted to give you a sense of where we are here, what our environment is like.
Inside the next exercise we are going to visit the Vanishing Point filter and we are going to create our first Perspective grid.
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