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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
This exercise marks the end of this project and I'm thinking, I'm going to knock your socks off. This is really impressive what's about to happen here. We are going to go ahead and take this perspective gradient that we just got done creating in the previous exercise and we are going to transform it from being a layer into a layer mask that's going to mitigate this Reflections layer and it's going to look just so good. Anyway, I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Moby gradient.psd, because I felt like I had to wrestle Moby Dick to the ground there with that big rotation that we had to apply. Or not maybe you didn't have to apply it. It was looking touch and go there for a little while. Currently we have got a layer, we have got to turn it into a layer mask, how in the world do we do that? Because you can't just do like a drag and drop into a layer mask from a layer, just no miracle cure for this. Instead what you do, it's kind of two part thing.
You go to the Channels palette and you want to make sure that you are seeing that perspective gradient right there and inside the Channels palette I want you to go ahead and Ctrl-click or Command-click on any one of these channels. Anything but Rear wall works just fine. So I'm just going to go ahead and Ctrl-click on RGB. That's a Command- click on the Mac and that goes ahead and loads that gradient as the selection outline that we can then turn around and convert back into a layer mask. So we are going from the world of masks here inside the Channels palette to a selection and then to a layer mask.
But currently we have got too much of the image selected. We just want this area inside the gradient to be selected. So go over to the Layers palette, there is the Perspective grad layer right there. I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+Alt. That would be Command+ Shift+Option on the Mac. Move your cursor over the thumbnail. You will see a little pointing finger with an inset x and click. So Ctrl+Shift+Alt-click on the PC, Command+Shift+Option-click on the Mac. Now you have just got the gradient selected. Nothing more, turn it off, we are done with it. Go to the Reflections layer right there and this is going to be much more impressive if the Reflections layer is set to 100% Opacity. So I'm going to switch back to my Marquee tool by pressing the M key and then I'm going to press the 0 key, in order to restore 100% Opacity here. And now drum roll please. Go down to the bottom of the Layers palette to add a layer mask and click on it and check that out.
In true perspective I tell you, not only are the paintings in the Reflections and Perspective, but the drop-off is in Perspective as well. Now then I would say let's back off the effect to 60% by pressing the 6 key, or even 50% by pressing the 5 key. That looks pretty good me and there you have it friends. That is the finished version of this wacky project. I'm going to go ahead and press the F key a couple of times in order to hide the interface and then I'll go ahead and zoom in on my scene and this is the final version of this spruced up subway. Thanks to the power of Perspective modifications inside Vanishing Point.
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