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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Now far be it from me to criticize the painting of a High Renaissance artist like Raphael but it seems to me that this hand is awfully dinky especially by comparison to this big moon pie of a face here and so I am going to make the hand bigger. I figure it's incumbent upon me to do so and you can do the same either by working along with me throughout this exercise or by taking a shortcut and just turning on the second to bottom most layer here inside the Layers palettes so you would scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Layers palette and then just turn on the eyeball belonging to this hand layer that you can see here.
And that will turn on the manly hand that I have created that has a little bit of garbage at the bottom of the screen as you can see but that ends up getting covered up by the picture frame so it's not an issue. Alright but I am going to show you how I made this layer so I am going to throw this one away rather boldly I think and to throw away a layer here is what you do. You just grab it and drag it to the trash can like so that's one way to work or I will undo that modification. You can also just select the layer and click on the trash can icon but if you do that Photoshop is going to ask you if you really mean to delete the layer or not and you can say Don't Show Again if you want to.
I will show you a different way to work. The other way to work is just to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on the trash can icon and that way you don't see the delete layer alert. I am going to switch from the rectangular marquee tool to the elliptical marquee tool and then I am going to Alt drag or Option drag from about this point here outward in order to create an elliptical selection from the center out like so and if I don't have it exactly where I want it to be in place that is I can press the spacebar, press and hold the spacebar in order to move that marquee around.
So I have both the Alt key and the spacebar down right now, on the Macintosh side I would have both the Option key and spacebar down. Anyway once I get the marquee in place I will release the spacebar then I would release the mouse button and then I would release the Alt or Option key and that goes in and selects the hand. Now I am going to go ahead and jump the hand to a new layer. You may recall that there is a few different ways to do that. You can go up to the Layer menu, choose New and choose Layer via Copy if you want. That's the hard way I think or you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl J but what if you want to name the new layer as you create it.
Well then you press Ctrl Alt J or Command Option J on the Mac. To bring up the new layer dialog box then we can name this layer ManlyHand like so and then click OK in order to generate the new layer and there it is ManlyHand all ready to go. Now the next thing I want to do is enlarge the hand and I am going to do that using a distortion filter known as Spherize but if I apply the Spherize filter right now it's going to work from the center outward.
It's kind of like that radio blur filter that we saw on the previous chapter where once it worked from the center of the image as a whole as opposed to the center of the active layer. And in order to make it work from the center of the active layer you need to load the selection outline that's associated with this layer and you can do that in a couple of different ways one is you can go up to the select menu and you can choose load selection and then you would say that you want to load the ManlyHand Transparency Mask as your channels so you would select ManlyHand transparency and that's the only one that's available for me and then you would click Okay.
So that's one way to work. I will cancel that because the simpler way to work is just to press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and click on that layer thumbnail that will load that selection outline as well. Now let's go up to the Filter menu, choose the Distort command and choose the Spherize command and at this point I am just going to go ahead and leave the amount value set to a 100%, I want the mode set to normal, I don't want horizontal only or vertical only so normal is the way to go here. You can check out the preview, the in-dialog box preview if you want to or you could just say to heck with it I am going to click OK because Deke told me to and that's what I want you to do just go ahead and click that OK button and by Spherizing the hand we make it much, much bigger as you can see here more in keeping I think with the face and especially the face that I am going to add my own face which is going to cover up that of Saint Sebastian's.
Alright so that's what it takes to enlarge this hand but if you now press Ctrl D or Command D on the Mac in order to deselect the hand, you will notice that we have a horrible transition between the distorted hand and the rest of Saint Sebastian. We are going to make that transition look much, much better using a layer mask inside the next exercise.
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