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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Select the file brighton_flip.jpg and then open that one up in Photoshop. Let's press F to go to Full Screen View mode and Spacebar to reposition. Now one of the things that you are going to find -- you are going to need to do quite often in Photoshop is to copy the layer that you are working on or to duplicate the layer that you are working on. Now there are a couple of ways to do this. One way to is to click on the layer and then drag it to the new layer icon and Voila! You now have a new layer. Well, delete that one. The other technique that you can use which in my opinion is much better is a shortcut. This shortcut is one of those important shortcuts. It's Command+J on a Mac/Ctrl +J on a PC that allows you to take the contents on this layer and jump to those contents to a new layer.
So I'll go ahead and call this one b2 for brighton_2. All right, well, now that I have the contents on this new layer, what I actually want to do is flip the content. So I'm going to navigate to Edit > Transform and choose Flip Vertical. Now I have an upside down version of the same, exact image and so I'm going to go ahead and click and drag this down because I'm interested in having a little bit of a reflection. Now we can't see any of the image, right? It's outside of our document window. Well, how can I reveal that? Well, here is what you need to do. You navigate to your Image pulldown menu and then choose Reveal All. Check that out, really interesting. So if you ever have content in any of your layers that is outside of your document window and you want to access that information, Image Reveal will get you there.
Okay, well, now that we have this information, we have this interesting kind of reflection. I'll zoom out Command+ Minus on the Mac/Ctrl+Minus on a PC then I'll grab my Crop tool and click and drag to expand this crop and all I'm interested in doing here is cropping this image in. I'll double click to apply that and then I'll zoom in a little bit Command+Plus to zoom in. Ctrl+Plus on a PC. Now here, because I'm clicked this topmost layer, I can grab my Move tool by clicking on V or pressing on it in the Tools panel and then I can use my arrow keys to reposition this if I want to have a little bit closer or a tighter positioning or click and drag it down. In my case, I just want to nudge it up just a little bit there and I think that looks pretty good.
So again, in summary, all that I was trying to do here was one, to have a little bit of fun and then two, to teach you that important shortcut, which is Command+J, which allows you to take the contents of your layer and copy it to a new layer. I also want to show you that technique for Reveal All because when you working with Layers, you will find that there are many times when you have images that extend beyond your document window and a lot times it's nice to be able to access those and you can do that by going to Image Reveal. All right, well, although this movie was simple, I hope you have picked something of value in this movie.
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