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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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Alright here's a little throwaway technique that you might find helpful. The Vanishing Point Filter one of its top secret hidden functions is that it allows you to export the planes to a septate layer. So the idea is, it's not going to be like a snapping grid or anything that intelligent, it's just going to be a pixel rendering of all of these planes and that way you can integrate the planes into your layered composition if you so desire. And let me show you how that works. I am going to go ahead and cancel out of the dialog box right now and I am going to make a new layer.
I am going to go over to the Layers palette I am going to click on the shading layer in order to select the top layer in the stack and then I am going to press Ctrl+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on the Mac in order to bring up the new layer dialog box and let's go ahead and call this layer planes, why don't we. Make sure use previous layer to create clipping mask is turned off and then click OK. And I will go ahead and bring the Layers palette backup you should see a new Planes Layer at the top of the stack. Now this is very important before you apply any pixel level modification inside the Vanishing Point Filter.
I want you to get in a habit of generating a new layer. Here's why. The Vanishing Point Filter is always basing its edits on the composite rendering of all layers inside of the document but it goes ahead and deposits the results of its modifications to the active layer. So by creating an empty layer in the first place you allow Photoshop (a) to see through that layer to the composite image and (b) you make sure that your edits are as flexible as possible and you can move you perspective modifications around if you so desire or change the blend mode, change the opacity level and so on.
Alright so I have created an independent Planes Layer. I am now going to go up to the Filter menu and choose the Vanishing Point Filter. I should see these planes that I created and saved inside the previous exercise. I am now going to go ahead and export them now inside of Photoshop CS2 inside the first Vanishing Point Filter you used to be able to export the planes by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and clicking on the OK button. That no longer works as it turns out at least not in this beta built.
Instead what you do is you go to this new little pop-up menu right there see that, go ahead and click in that right pointing arrowhead you will bring up a little menu and notice right there is this option that says render grids to Photoshop. Go ahead and choose that command and you may have noticed that I sometimes call the planes, planes and sometimes I call them grids well so does Photoshop it turns out. Everybody does. And anyway I am going to go ahead and choose render grids to Photoshop to render out those planes. The deed is done I haven't seen it happen because it's happened in the background.
Now go and click OK in order to accept that modification and there it is, there are my perspective planes rendered in different colors. Notice that I have the walls the edges of each plane rendered in dark blue and I have the interior grid lines rendered in light blue but I can change that if I want to. I will go ahead and bring that Layers palette make sure that it has indeed deposited these planes on the independent Planes Layer and I can confirm that by turning the layer off and then back on sure enough only the active layer was effected and let's say I want to just go ahead and change those grid lines to white.
Well white is currently my background color so all I have to do to fill the gridlines and only the gridlines with the background color is I will press Shift+Ctrl+Backspace or Shift+Command+Delete on the Macintosh side again that's Shift+Ctrl+Backspace or Shift+Command+Delete pressing Control or Command along with Backspace or Delete fills the layer with the background color. Pressing the Shift key as well goes ahead and preserves the transparent portions of the layers so that we are only filling the opaque pixels. Alright so I just changed all the grid lines to white and now I am going to press the 4 key in order to reduce the opacity to 40% and we have this soft overlay of gridlines inside of this composition, kind of a nifty thing.
You may find it useful inside your compositions as well depends on what sort of aesthetic you are going for. Anyway in our case I am just going to go ahead and turn that Planes Layer off, just a little bit of large just wanted to show you how that weird little hidden feature works. In the next exercise we are going to be trying our hands at a little bit of a real world modification inside the Vanishing Point Filter. Specifically we are going to take this guy right here this Lise Gagne image and we are going to duplicate it against the rear wall.
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