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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.
In this movie, I'm going to show you a couple of tricks for rebuilding details in a straightened photo. I've saved the results of the previous movie as Perpendicular horizon.psd, found inside the 06_crop folder. We have three wedges in all. In the upper left hand corner we're missing some sky. That's pretty easy to fix. Down left, we're missing some grass. A little bit of shadow. This curb, and then the toes. The toes are the tough part. And then, in the down right corner, we're missing some of the heal and ankle.
That's going to take a little bit of work as well. So here's how we'll start. Go to the Lasso tool. Click and hold on it, and choose the Polygonal Lasso from the fly out menu. Then, let's go ahead and zoom in here so that we can see where this wedge starts because it's very narrow at the beginning. The Polygonal Lasso tool allows you to create a selection outline by clicking to set corners. And so I'm going to start right about here, out in the paste board, in order to set my first point, and then I'll click there. I don't want to go too far over. I don't want to go out into the good part of the sky.
I want to stay fairly tight to this wedge. And notice that I have a little bit of true sky and border going on. And then I'll move upward, and Photoshop will go ahead and auto scroll the image until I get to the top here. I'll click about here in the paste board, and then, over here in the paste board, past the upper left corner, go ahead and move the cursor back down again. And I can either move my cursor over the very first point and click, in order to complete the selection outline, or I can double click out here, either way is going to work out just fine.
All right, now I'll press Control 0, or Command 0 on a Mac, to go ahead and fit the image to the screen, and I'll go out to the Edit menu and choose the Fill command. And that'll bring up the Fill dialog box. Now by default, your Use option right here should be set to Content Aware. And what that does is it invokes the Content Aware Fill feature inside Photoshop. Which causes Photoshop to look for pixels outside the selection that it can use to fill in the selected area. So if Use isn't set to Content Aware, go ahead and choose it from the popup menu, your other options should be to the defaults, as you see on screen here, then click OK in order to apply that change.
And with any luck, Photoshop's going to do a brilliant job of filling in that sky. If you want to check your work, go ahead and zoom on in, and then you can hide that selection outline temporarily by pressing Control H, or Command H on a Mac, and that looks great, and you can see that this was no easy chore, even though the sky looks fairly uniform. It's actually a gradient going from dark blue down to light blue. All right, now I'm going to press Control D, or Command + D on a Mac, in order to deselect the image. Let's try the same thing down here near the bottom of the image.
I'm going to click right about here, below the image. Then, up into the image like so, and then I'll move along, click right about there, click out inside the Paste board again, come back, double click at some point in order to complete that selection outline. All right, now I'm going to press Control H, or Command H up front, to hide that selection. That area though is still selected so I've not deselected the image. Now let's go back to the Edit menu, and chose the Fill command again, in order to bring up the fill dialog box, those same options should still be in place, so go ahead and click OK in order to apply Content Aware Fill.
I have to say, it looks pretty darn good. The grass is in good shape. The shadow's ok. We can see some obvious repetition here in the curb. I could deal with that later if I want to. The toes, not so good. Photoshop is not capable of inventing anatomical details out of thin air, so we're just going to have to suffer with that. All right, now I'll press Control D, or Command D on the Mac, to deselect the image, we could try the same thing behind the heel, but we don't stand a chance of making that work, so let's try another approach.
I'll press Control 0 again, Command 0 on a Mac, I'm going to press the M key to switch back to my rectangular marquee tool, that's just a habit I get in because then I see a cross shaped cursor which is less distracting then say a jagged lasso. All right, now I'll go up to the Edit menu, choose the Transform command, and then choose Distort. And that allows me to apply what's known as a four point distortion. So that I can move the corner handles away from each other. And I'm going to drag this bottom right handle like so, just outward and I'll press the shift key as I do to constrain the angle of my drag to exactly horizontal.
And once I get it to about 1.3 degrees, that looks pretty good. And you can see that heads up display. Just up and to the right of my cursor. I"ll go ahead and release the mouse button and the shift key, and then to apply the distortion, I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac. Just a little more work to be done here. We got that bad toe action, so let's go ahead and zoom in on it and I'll switch back to my crop tool. And I'll go ahead and drag upward like so just a little bit until I crop away those bad toes. And I'll drag this corner handle out a little bit because we now have a little extra heel to work with here.
If you have problems with the handle snapping into place, then you can go up to the view menu and turn off the snap command. But everything seems to be working out fine for me. A couple of more tricks you might want to be aware of. If the crop boundary is interfering with your view of the image, you can press Control H, or Command H on a Mac, in order to hide it, but you still have the option of dragging the crop boundary up and down. So you can still modify it to your heart's content even though you can't see it. Here's another option that's available to you.
If you want to hide the cropped portion of the image, you just press the H key. And notice how that little bit of image disappears. To bring it back, press the H key again, and obviously to redisplay the crop boundary, you press Control H, or Command H on the Mac. All right, this is looking great to me, so I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to apply that crop, and then I'll press the M key in order to switch back to the rectangular marquee tool, and I'll press Control 0, or Command 0 on a Mac, to zoom out from the image.
So just to give you a sense of what we were able to accomplish, I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Revert command, or I can press the F12 key which is the keyboard shortcut. And that will take me back to my old wedges. So this is the straightened version of the image with the missing details. And then, because I can undo the revert here in Photoshop. Press Control Z, Command Z on the Mac, to reinstate the filled in details that I created using Content Aware Fill and the Transform Distort function, here inside Photoshop.
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