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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 add a couple of layers to help make my face better match its environment here. And if you are looking very closely you might notice that my face is a tad bit pink compared with the rest of the image particularly when compared with Saint Sebastian's kind of orangish face. The good news is he is barely awake and I am very alert but I need to somehow make my face more orange and I also need to make it more painterly. Now I have already done a lot of healing work over my face in order to get rid of some details like I just about healed away my eyebrows and some of the hairs on my goatee and I sort of trimmed up my entire jawline and so on.
And I healed some texture into my face as well using the healing brush as it turns out. Now I am going to add some more stuff, some more texture starting with a little bit of background a little bit of the image background here that I jump to a new layer. So inside the Layers palette, let's scroll up a little bit. Above my face you will see two layers called paint and coloring, I want you to turn on paint first. And all this is, is a marqueed area of the image actually right around here I marqueed the image with a rectangular marquee tool, I jumped it and then I scaled this selection here, I scaled this layer that is to say using the Free Transform Function.
There is a Free Transform Function under the Edit menu and you can choose free transform or you can choose transform and the transformation of your choice which in this case would be scale. And now I am going to click on this paint layer what I am calling the paint layer because it is real painted background and I am going to merge it in with my face using a blend mode and that blend mode will be the overlay mode. We have seen this mode a couple of times before now and it allows you to merge layers together, it's particularly useful for merging a texture with another layer because it keeps the highlights and shadows from the active layer and lets the mid tones drop out.
So we are still seeing the mid tones and some of the highlights and shadows in the MyFace layer as well. Now the one problem of course is that you can see the boundaries of the paint layer here, you can see the rectangular boundaries of the layer and I just want to limit that layer to the confines of the MyFace layer. So I want to use the MyFace layer to clip the paint layer and you do that by clicking on the paint layer, going up to the layer menu and choosing Create Clipping Mask or you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl Alt G or Command Option G on the Mac if you prefer and that goes ahead and clips the paint layer inside the confines of my face and see the difference on screen.
This is before where we can see the entire rectangular area of the paint layer and this is after with the paint only falling in the confines of my face. Alright now we need to make my face much oranger and we are going to do that using this excellent coloring layer right here. Can you believe how meticulous I was in the creation of this layer? Go ahead and turn the layer on and click on it to make it active and all I have done here is I have used the lasso tool in order to select an area that's larger than my face and I have filled it with kind of a light orange color and then I used the brush tool which is still active for me here and I painted in these areas in front of my eyes and in front of my mouth with white.
That's all that's going on very crude artwork. But actually it serves its goal very nicely as we will see. So the first thing I am going to do is I am going to change the blend mode associated with this layer from Normal. Now you might think I choose the color mode because I want to color my face but that ends up making my face look too homogenous in terms of the coloring and just doesn't look right at all. The mode that I am going to use instead is the multiply mode which is sort of the magic marker mode in Photoshop, it goes ahead and uses the colors inside the layer to darken the layers below it.
Once again I need to clip this image into the MyFace mask because I am creating a clipping mask here and I could do that by going up to the layer menu and choosing Create Clipping Mask once again or I will show you an alternative, I go ahead and Escape out of that menu. You can press and hold the Alt Key here on the PC or the Option key on the Mac, move your cursor over this horizontal line inside the Layers palette and click. So when you Alt Click or Option Click on a horizontal line between two layers you combine them into a clipping mask.
So this guy joins the larger clipping mask like so and both the color layer and the paint layer are now clipped inside the MyFace layer so that we have a halfway decent match between my face and the rest of the painterly composition.
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