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Creating a perspective gradient

From: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Creating a perspective gradient

All right gang, this is going to be interesting. We are going to use Vanishing Point in order to create a perspective layer mask. This is not something I have ever tried to do before. And it's pretty great, actually it works out really nicely and that way we are going to have a real bona fide perspective reflection that looks like it's popping off this highly polished floor here inside of this otherwise grim, grimy subway station. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Lustrous reflections.psd and guess what, gang? We are going to make another layer. Ctrl+Shift+N, Command+Shift+N on the Mac, call this one Gradient and click OK. And let's zoom out a little bit. All we are going to do is just draw a linear gradient that we are then going to turn around and modify inside of Vanishing Point.

Creating a perspective gradient

All right gang, this is going to be interesting. We are going to use Vanishing Point in order to create a perspective layer mask. This is not something I have ever tried to do before. And it's pretty great, actually it works out really nicely and that way we are going to have a real bona fide perspective reflection that looks like it's popping off this highly polished floor here inside of this otherwise grim, grimy subway station. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Lustrous reflections.psd and guess what, gang? We are going to make another layer. Ctrl+Shift+N, Command+Shift+N on the Mac, call this one Gradient and click OK. And let's zoom out a little bit. All we are going to do is just draw a linear gradient that we are then going to turn around and modify inside of Vanishing Point.

So all we have to do is just sort of select a general area with a Rectangular Marquee tool, you don't have to get too fancy with it. And then grab your Gradient tool like so, make sure that it's set up to make a black to white gradient and then we want it to be Linear and all these other options are set as you see them. And then just go ahead and drag upward like this from black to white, like so. All right, great. Now, I want you to copy this gradient because we are going to introduce it into our scene. So press Ctrl+C or Command +C on the Mac in order to copy this gradient to clipboard. And then I want you to turn it off and then go ahead and press Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac in order to deselect that image.

All right, so we just needed this for a moment just to get it into the clipboard, we might as well keep it around. But we don't want it to be visible. All right, so now press Ctrl+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on the Mac and we'll call this one Perspective grad or something along those lines and click OK. Now go up to the Filter menu and choose Vanishing Point once again, and I want you to press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac in order to paste that gradient. Now then, here is the thing; you may end up getting some weird results.

What can happen as soon as we drag the gradient into the plane is that it flips so it's perpendicular to the plane but now I'm dragging it in and I'm not having any problems. This is the way you would expect the gradient to come into the plane, just like this here at the exact same angle of the plane so this is fine. And notice that the white is at the top and the black is at the bottom just the way it needs to be. But that may not be your experience and if you are seeing the gradient perpendicular to the plane then go over and grab the Transform tool and you would then move your cursor outside the bounding box so you get the Rotate cursor and you would rotate your gradient while pressing the Shift key and the idea there is that Shift key constraints the angle of rotation to 45 degree increments and it just makes far more predictable experience.

Now it's still going to be very strange and I have to apologize and I'm not having the problem, you may be having a problem that I'm not having right now. Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and drag my gradient down a little bit and now something weird has happened. Notice that we have this little sliver of a gradient over here on the far left side of the screen over here. And that's because Vanishing Point has gotten confused and put the gradient in the wrong location, sort of packed it into some weird recess of another plane. Anyway, I'm going to press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that gradient and put it back outside of the plane so that I have got a little bit of preview problem. Now I'll go ahead and drag that gradient down once again and this time all right, it's doing something strange and this is what I anticipated before.

Notice how it's perpendicular to the angle of the plane and if you get this problem, as I'm pretty sure you will, then with the Transform tool you need to drag outside the bounding box as you see me doing right now. And you are going to have this wale of a gradient looming towards you, just like this. Press the Shift key in order to constrain the angle to 45 degrees and that's what we are seeing right now. Now you are not going to be able to rotate the gradient in one big operation just as I can. So now I'm going to move my cursor over to the right side of the gradient as you see me doing and I'm dragging upward and pressing the Shift key once again and I have now wrestle this gradient to the ground. It's at the angle I want it to be.

Let's go ahead and zoom out here, so I can move the gradient into the proper position, I'll go ahead and drag it all the way to the right side of the plane right there. And let's scale it forward, so it takes up this entire amount of room along the floor of the subway station. I'm also going to scale the height of the gradient so that it's approximately the same height as the reflections and making it little taller than the reflections at this point. But I think I want it to be pretty much exactly the height of the reflection. So I'm going to zoom in another increment here and I'll drag this handle upward just a little. All right, so now we still have a little bit of an issue.

If I want to go ahead and mask the reflections on the floor successfully using this gradient, then I want the opposite of the effect we are seeing here. I want the white at the top of the gradient and the black at the bottom of the gradient. So I need to take advantage of Flip and Flop and the question becomes which one of these options do I use? I will go ahead and try Flip and see what happens. And sure enough, that's exactly the result I want. I want white on top and black on bottom, who would have thought that Flip would have done it because Flip ought to be named flip horizontal and Flop ought to be named Flip vertical but this is the reason I guess they named them Flip and Flop, it's because when you get this kind of bizarre behavior, you don't know what's up and what's down.

So in this case what is usually flip horizontal, ends up performing a vertical flip for us. What counts more than anything else rather than trying to wrap our brain around what's going on with Flip and Flop, what counts is that we are getting the right result. And we have white on top and black on the bottom, which is going to serve as a perfect Gradient mask. All right, I'm going to go ahead and click the OK button in order to accept my changes, in order to create that layer of perspective gradient. Now, how do we take this over and turn it into a layer mask? How do we make this work for us? Because right now it's just a layer and not a layer mask.

I'll show you how to make this thing work exactly the way that we want it to work. It's going to be so great. In the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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