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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here I want to take a look at another way that we can correct the perspective in our photographs and that is with the Perspective Crop tool. In order to work with this tool, we need to zoom out a little bit, so that we can see our photograph and so that we can work with this photograph and see all the edges. We also want to start to analyze a problem. Notice that this door over here in this side of the image, it's leaning in, as is the right side of the image as well. So how could we correct this? Well if you click and hold down on your Crop tool, underneath it, is a tool called Perspective Crop.
You can then go ahead and click-and-drag this across your image. Next what you can do is you can click on these corner points, and you can do that so that this grid starts to line up with the lines of distortion that you have in your image. Notice as I make one change, it kind of pushes the other side, so you're going to need to make one adjustment and then of course go back and make another adjustment, in order to get those lines just to line up exactly how you want them. Now this won't work perfectly, but what it will do is it will transform this image in a way that similar that we saw in the previous movie where we used free transform, it kind of dragged out the different point, but here we now have this grid, so it helps us kind of figure out this angle.
The one thing that I should highlight is that if the Crop tool area crops out part of the image that will be gone, if you want that to be included where you can then just click and drag this out, although that's going to create kind of an awkward crop shape, so just know that you can always extend out beyond the size of the frame. Here I think we have pretty decent lines. I just want to modify these a little bit to see if we can't get those just write. Next, let's go ahead and press Enter or Return in order to see the results. Well now, here are the results.
If you press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, we can toggle back and forth between the before and the after. Now as I do that I notice that the trees are a little bit taller and the doors are little bit straighter, but I didn't quite nail it. So I'm going to undo this and then I'm going to click-and-drag this across the image one more time. What I think happen with mine is that my angle wasn't exactly where I wanted it, so I'm going to go ahead and just bring in these different element, try to get those lines a little bit better there. Next, I'll press Enter or Return in order to apply that adjustment.
Here we can see that before and after and you can see how it's straightening everything up. Yet, I have encountered another problem. While my tree is straight and while these doors are straight and whatnot and that looks good, the image looks a little bit squashed, it's not tall enough I want to increase the height of this. So, if that ever happens with this tool, all that you need to do in this case, is to unlock our Background layer, so let's double-click that, we'll just call this BG for background and then go to free transform. Here we'll navigate to the Edit pulldown menu and choose Free Transform, and then I'll just click on this middle point and I'll increase the height a little bit, because I kind of like that really top or tall perspective, and now press Enter or Return, and by doing that it's really finished off this image, so I have these nice straight lines in regards to my trees and also in regards to the lines of the building.
Now whenever you make adjustments like this, what you'll discover is that Photoshop gives you a lot of flexibility. Yet, you also lost a lot of your image. So, as you start to work with these different techniques in this chapter, hopefully this will affect the way that you capture or shoot your images, so that when you do that, you capture more than you need, so that if you have to crop areas out well that's not that big of a deal. All right! Well that wraps up our conversation about working with the Perspective Crop tool.
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