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In this movie I'm going to show 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 o6 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 heel 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 Pasteboard, 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 then, I have a little bit of true sky 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 pasteboard. And then over here in the pasteboard, pass 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's going to work out just fine. Alright, now I'll press control zero, or command zero on a mac, to go ahead and fit the image to the screen. And I'll go up to the edit menu and choose the fill command. And then I'll bring up the fill dialogue box. Now by default, your use option right here should be set to content aware. An 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 an choose it from the popup menu. Your other options should be set to their defaults, as you see onscreen here. Then click okay 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 ctrl-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 gradient.
Going from dark blue down to light blue. Alright now I'm going to press Ctrl+d Or command+d on a Mac.C 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 and set the pace board again, come back double click at some point in order to complete that selection outline. Alright, now I'm going to press Ctrl + H or Command + H up front to hide that selection.
That area though is still selected so I have not deselected the image. Now let's go back to the edit menu. And choose the fill command again. In order to bring up the fill dialog box those same option should still be in place. So go a head and click Okay, in order to apply content fill. I have to say it looks pretty darn good. The grass is in good shape, the shadow's okay. 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. Okay, now I'll press Ctrl + 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. We'll press Ctrl+0 again, or Cmd+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 than say, a jagged lasso.
Alright 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 a mac.
Just a little more work to be done here. You got that bad toe action. So lets 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 this bad toes and I'll drag this corner handle out a little bit, because I now have a little extra heel to work with here. If you have problems with the handle snapping in the place, then you can go to the view menu and turn off the snap command. Everything seems to be working out fine for me.
A couple more tricks you might want to be aware of. That the crop boundary is interfering with your view of the image. You can press Ctrl+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 hears 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 re-display the crop boundary, you press Ctrl+H, or Cmd+H on a Mac. Alright, this is looking great to me. So I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on a 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 Ctrl+0, or Cmd+0 on a Mac, to zoom out from the image. So just to give you a sense of what we were able to accomplish. We'll go up to the File menu, and choose the Revert command, or I can press the F12 key, which is a 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 Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+ Z on a 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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