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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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In this exercise we are going to clone this fellow with an umbrella as captured by photographer Lise Gagne and we are going to move him, we are going to move the clone to the rear wall of the gallery back here and we are going to match the shadows and everything. It's quite a trick that vanishing point can pull off here. But before we do that we need to bring up our Layers palette. I am going to go ahead and expand to this right hand group of palettes here so that we can see the layers in all of their splendor. Now notice that the Planes Layer the active layer for me is turned off and that means if I try to go up to the Filter menu all of the filters are going to be dimmed because one of the things that Photoshop does automatically is that it protects you from taking invisible layers and accidentally modifying them.
Kind of a nice thing actually, alright I am going to add a new layer however. I don't want to be monkeying around with his Planes Layer so I am going to press Control+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on Mac to bring up the new layer dialog box and I am to name this layer Clone and I am going to click OK in order to generate that new layer. It is now turned on it's empty but it's turned on it's visible so that I can modify it. Now I will go up to the Filter menu and I will choose the newly available here vanishing point filter that is Photoshop just made it available to me after having dimmed it a moment ago.
And I am going to zoom in on my picture here on this photograph and I am going to select it using the one and only selection tool that is available to me inside the vanishing point filter which is the marquee tool, the regular old standard rectangular marquee tool but there is a little bit of a twist as you will see. I am going to drag with a little bit of margin around this painting so I am going to give myself a three or four pixel margin all the way around and as I drag notice what's happening here I am drawing the rectangle in perspective so that's really cool actually.
I think the uncool thing is that you can't use that spacebar technique I was showing you. Remember how normally inside Photoshop if you are using one of the marquee tools you can reposition the marquee on the fly by pressing and holding the spacebar that does not work inside a vanishing point too bad as it turns out. Alright so go ahead and draw this marquee all the way around every bit of the canvas as you are seeing here with a little bit of a margin about four pixels of margin let's say. Now take a look at this info item up here at the top of the window.
Notice that it's telling me that I can drag the selection to move it by which it means that I can just drag the selection outline around and notice that it will always maintain the perspective of the active plane even if I move to a different plane check that out so it's leaping around from one plane to another that means I can select this picture back here if I want to this canvas. Alright I will undo that modification by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac. I can also Alt or on the Macintosh side I can Option Drag to create a floating selection by which it means I can go ahead and clone the selection and float it to a temporary layer inside vanishing point and then finally I can Control or Command Drag this selection to fill in area with a source image.
I want to show you that one. I am going to press and hold the Control key where the Command key on the Mac and I will move this selection and notice what happens when I am dragging I am actually saying that wherever I hover my cursor wherever I lay down my cursor here that becomes a new content of the selected item so I just dragged over to this blue frame and replicated it inside the forward frame, that's certainly not what I want to do. So I am going to do undo that modification. Now notice what the info item is telling me I just press Ctrl+Z by the way or Command+Z on the Mac and it's telling me to click and drag to move the floating selection to a new location that's a totally different message and the reason is this is very confusing to my way of thinking but here's what happened.
When I Control or Command Dragged that selection I performed two operations in one. First, I floated the selection to a temporary layer that was the first thing that happened and second I filled that selection with a different portion of the image. Now when I press Ctrl+Z I undid that second part but I did not undo the first part I still have a floating selection here. So I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Z or Command+Option+Z on the Mac to back step one operation farther and that defloats the image and gets me back to my original selection outline so that nothing is floating.
And I will see this message here click and drag to reposition the selection, Alt Drag to create a floating selection and so on. That tells me that I don't have a floater. Now why is it so important to get rid of that floater, because otherwise you are going to have an extra copy of the image on the layer back inside Photoshop. So you are going to have two copies of it going on, which is weird just plain weird as it turns up. But normally you wouldn't do that little control drag thing so normally you wouldn't get messed up like that. This is what we really want to do. You want to press and hold the Alt key or the Option key in the Mac and then you want to drag the item in order to move it to a different location.
I am also going to press the Shift key so I have got both Shift and Alt down at this point that would be Shift and Option down on the Macintosh side in order to constrain the movement of this photograph to exactly horizontal. It could also be exactly vertical if I was dragging up and down. Notice as I drag across the planes that I switch from one plane to another. So vanishing point is far enough to go ahead and match the selection, match the floating selection to the active plane. And notice by the way just so you can see this I do have a clone going on.
So here's the original and one of the other layers inside of Photoshop and here is the floating selection which is relegated to the new clone layer. Alright at this point now I don't have to press the Alt key anymore because I have a floater and I can tell that I have a floater because it says drag to move the floating selection so I don't need to refloat it by Alt dragging or Option dragging anymore I will just go ahead and Shift Drag it to the rear wall. Now if you are having problems shift dragging it to the rear wall and I just went ahead and undid oops all the way back to a go here but I do have a floater.
Alright I just wanted to let me go ahead and move this back when I press Ctrl+Z it flicked it back to its original location but it did not get rid of the floating aspect of the selection again that can be very confusing if you don't know what's going on there. The reason I undid the drag though was because I want to show you that what can happen is you can start wrapping around the wall and notice that right there and then you start going back to the other rear wall way, way faraway and you are going to run out of drag room. So I will undo that drag, I end up moving the painting back to its original location here and I am going to turnoff a setting, I am going to turnoff allow multi surface operations.
That way Photoshop isn't trying to wrap, wrap, wrap around every single one of the surfaces so that it's sharing two surfaces at a time, something that you can do inside Vanishing Point 2.0 here inside Photoshop CS3 that you couldn't do in the earlier version of Vanishing Point but for our purpose it is just a little bit of a nuisance. So let's turn it off and drag that floater again. It's already floating so you don't have to Alt Drag it if you undid along with me. Alright and I am going to move it to the back wall and you may have to do a pretty quick drag there in order to make sure it just flits from this year to this area back here alright.
Now let's go ahead and zoom in and checkout the positioning of this selection, it looks pretty good but it does not match the background, does it? It doesn't match the lighting that's associated with this rear wall. We are going to match lighting, we are going to heal this image into place and transform it little bit as well, do a little bit of scaling and flipping as it turns out inside the very next exercise.
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