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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
I've saved my progress as Two halves.psd; albeit it right on top of each other. In this exercise, we are going to take this right layer and we are going to flip it so it appears on the right-hand side of the image. But that's going to require a few different modifications in order to make everything work out right. So, first of all make sure that the right layer is selected and that the layer and its mask are linked together so that there should be a little chain icon between them. Then I want you to press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac in order to invoke the Free Transform command. Now, Photoshop is showing you an alert message if you haven't already told it Don't show again in the past, which is just telling you that as long as you're transforming this layer it has to temporarily turn off the display of the puppet warp.
Now, it's not going to seem like that as soon as we click OK but that is what's going on. The reason that we are not seeing the Puppet Warp effect turned off is because we are seeing through this layer to the layer below. Anyway, go ahead and move this target right next to where the face cuts off anyway. Then I want you to right-click in the Image window and choose Flip Horizontal in order to flip the face, like so. And just to make sure that we've got it exactly where it needs to be, I'm looking at the image once again at the 100% view size this is very important so that we can see the seams. I'll press the Right Arrow key and sure enough I nudge the guy over one pixel and it's got a pixel of black down the middle of his face.
We don't want that. To get rid of it I'll press the Left Arrow key in order to glue the face together and now it looks exactly right with several exceptions because of the wacky way Photoshop works here. Anyway, I am going to press the Enter key that would be the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that change. Notice that thing got cut off a little bit here inside the layer mask. So, instead of seeing a nice clean white right half and a black left half we have a kind of column of black over here in the far right side and I'm pointing to the layer mask thumbnail incidentally. I'll go ahead and zoom out here so I can fix it.
But the reason it's happened is because Photoshop has seen fit. I don't know why it does that. To cut off the layer after it really ends before the application of Puppet Warp. So, anyway we need to fix things by drawing a big marquee using the Rectangular Marquee tool around this right portion here. Make sure that it's tight to the top and the bottom and the right-hand side and then switch to the layer mask thumbnail by clicking on it. My background color happens to be white so I'll just press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac in order to fill that area with White.
Well, obviously that didn't really take care of the problem and that's because the filter mask is backwards. So, unlike the layer mask which can be linked to the Smart Object, the filter mask is never linked to the Smart Object. That's something I really wish Adobe would fix by the way, but anyway in the meantime we have to fix it manually. In order to get the filter mask to reflect properly you not only have to select it by clicking on it but you also have to press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select the entire image because otherwise the filter mask will end up getting offset.
All right, now go and press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac to once again enter the Free Transform mode. Right-click inside the Image window, choose Flip Horizontal and that goes ahead and flips the filter mask as you can see and it exposes the Puppet Warp Effect which did get reflected incidentally. So, the filter got reflected but its mask didn't, isn't that weird? Anyway, press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply your changes. Just to confirm that puppet warp got flipped, double-click on it and you can see that all the pins got moved over onto the right-hand side. Thank golly! If we had to redo that manually that would be a nightmare.
Anyway, press the Escape key in order to put that guy's face back together and let's zoom in. Now, we have this symmetrical face effect that makes the guy looks smugger than ever. In the next exercise, we are going to modify the Camera RAW settings in order to achieve a more neutral background and we'll see how those settings are applied to both of our true clones.
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