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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.
In the next few movies, we're going to take a look at how we can combine multiple frames together in order to create a panoramic photograph. And creating panos is a ton of fun because it's actually really quite easy if we use Photoshop in order to stitch and to blend these frames together. And then after we do this, we'll take a look at how we can correct perspective, crop and also make some final adjustments. Well, the images that we'll be using are these photographs of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. So let's first go ahead and navigate to these in Adobe Bridge that are in the Chapter 24 folder.
Next, you want to select all these pictures, so go ahead and click on one and hold the Shift key and click on another. You'll notice with these frames, there's a lot of overlap and that's typically what you want to do when you're creating panoramics. You'll also notice that I'm using a wider angle lens and that there's some distortion in some of these frames. The reason why I am using a picture with distortion is so that we can look at how we can correct this. We're onto making the pano. First, select the images and then next, navigate to your tools pull-down menu.
Here we're going to select Photoshop and then we'll go down to Photomerge. This will open up the Photomerge dialog. Inside of the dialog, what we want to do is to use the Layout of Auto, this will correct different problems that we may have with these images in regards to perspective and other issues as well. Next what we're going to do is make sure we turn on Blend Images Together, Vignette Removal so that the skies match up and then also Geometric Distortion Correction. After having clicked on those options, we'll go ahead and click OK and here's where Photoshop will do its thing; it will do some magic.
And it'll see if it can't align and then really change the perspective of these to try to create this pano. Now when you first see your pano, it'll be a little bit disorienting because you'll see these gaps above and below and around and you'll see how the different layers or images have changed. In this case, with this pano, we can see there's a lot of gap up here in the sky and also down below. What you have to do is whenever you're shooting a pano, you shoot more than you need knowing that eventually you're going to crop in.
So here I'll go ahead and zoom in a little bit on this so we can get a sense for that crop and what we can see here is that, yeah, we have something. We have something that's going to work probably a crop kind of like this or a little bit bigger. If we go into the Layers panel, what you can see is that we have all of these different images on different layers and it's built this photograph out of these different images. If you Shift+click on the mask, well, that will turn that on or off, and you can see how it's corrected different elements. Like the sky up here, it's helped to make that area match by working with the mask and also by the way that it's blended these together.
Well now that we have this pano, what we want to do is save this out. And you want to save this out because typically what will happen is these files will start to become huge. So here I'll press Shift+Command+S that will open up our Save As dialog. What I want to do just save this out as sb_ pano and I'll save it to our same folder there. We're going to save all the layers, embed our color profile, and then just click Save. And again, you want to do this early in the process because it's important that you save this file before you start make any modifications because the file is so big.
Well now that we've created this pano and we've started to stitch it together, the next thing we obviously need to do is to correct the perspective. There this really strange band and kind of disorientation, it's tilting to the left. So we need to fix that. Well, let's take a look at how we can fix that in the next movie.
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