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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.
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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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You know on second thought I think that I have overdone it with the orange on my face here a little bit so I am going to switch to my marquee tool here. And I am going to change the opacity value that's assigned to the coloring layer. Let me make my layers piled a little wider so that we can see what the name of the layer is it's called Coloring. And I am going to press the 8 key to reduce the opacity value to 80%. Of course you can also scrub the value or click on this little arrow and move the slider triangle or enter your own value by just pressing a number key on the keyboard when one of the selection tools is active.
It's by far the easiest way to change the opacity of an active layer. Alright so that looks a little better to me. What still looks just of course terrible is the fact that we have this big gap between my face and where the hair starts inside St. Sebastian the background. So it looks like he is wearing some kind of Mission Impossible mask which doesn't make any sense because he never saw the show right. So we need to fill in that gap by adding some more hair and I have got a couple of hair layers towards the top of the stack here.
One is called hair extensions and one is called still more hair. And you know what I feel like my thumbnails now that I am trying to take in a lot of layers that we want so I feel like these thumbnails are too big so I am going to bring up my Palette menu once again, choose the palette options command and switch to the midsized thumbnails here and then click OK. This is better I think this will help me out. Now I am going to turn on the hair extensions layer which fills in the gap immediately in a fairly disturbing way it might seem. What I did was I just kind of selected a random portion of St. Sebastian's head, I jumped that to a new layer and I applied the Liquify command.
I used the Liquify command which is a fairly complicated function as it turns out. Something that we are going to see in a later chapter but of course and I used the Warp tool inside the Liquify dialog box in order to mush his face inward so that I had a lot more hair to work with. But the hair extensions layer which I will click on to make it active now is in front of my face and it shouldn't be that way at all. It should be behind my face. And I can change the stacking order that is the order in which the layers are stacked by dragging a layer up and down the stack.
So I could drag this layer down until it appears below my face so that I get a dark horizontal bar below my face layer and then release and that would move that layer where it needs to be, other ways to move layers just so you know so I went ahead and undid that modification. Another way to move a layer is to press Control+Left Bracket to move it down the stack or Control+Right Bracket to move it up the stack, on the Macintosh side that's Command left and right bracket. Notice in doing this, I have managed to move the layer into the clipping group like so but if I go ahead and press Control Left Bracket three times in a row I believe it will move hair extensions below my face and back out of the clipping mask which is really great.
That's something that used to confuse Photoshop quite a bit. Now it has no problems with that so that's nice. Yet another way to work I will go ahead and undo that movement. I am going to have to press Ctrl+Alt+Z a few times in a row actually Command+Alt+Z on the Mac a few times in a row to put hair extensions back where it was. Another way to work is you can select multiple layers. Let's say instead of moving hair extensions downward I want to move my face upward I would go ahead and click on coloring and Shift+Click on my face in order to select that entire range of layers then I would press Control Right Bracket to move the layers up.
All three layers up, one layer so that they all go above the hair extensions layer. Isn't that wonderful? So again Ctrl left and right brackets on the Macintosh side that's Command left and right bracket in order to move layers down and up the stack. Alright so now we have my face where it needs to be above hair extensions we have covered up St. Sebastian so that it doesn't look like he is wearing a Mission Impossible mask anymore. The one thing is that we have some pretty mushy hair detail now and it would be nice if I wasn't wearing like this painted on hair cap it would be better if I had a few hair sort of blending in around my face.
So I created this fairly elaborate layer called still more hair. I will go ahead and turn it on to see what that layer looks like. And I painted this layer actually using a Wacom Tablet so using a Stylus and Wacom Pressure Sensitive Tablet I painted in this layer and this is a little more complicated, involves artistic talent I suppose in order to do this kind of effect. But I just, I did a lot of smearing with the Smudge tool as it turns out that's a tool that's available right here this guy right there with a Smudge tool.
And also I did just some plain old painting in brown using the Brush tool in order to fill out some of these regions. But this is, once again this is the kind of thing that you can do in Photoshop on an independent layer and the nice thing is now that I can still move my layers around so for example if wanted to get my Move tool and I clicked on my face and Shift+Clicked on coloring to select an entire range of layers there then I could move my face around behind the hair if I wanted to. That would be a crazy thing to do.
I should move my hair as well. So I will go ahead and click on still more hair and Shift+Click on my face or another way you can do that by the way. The reason I choose that route was because I clicked on coloring and I Shift+Clicked on my face and then shift clicking on still more hair would create a different selection range. So if you have a range of selected layers already defined like this and you want to add just one more in the list whether it's adjacent or non-adjacent then you press the Control key and click outside of the thumbnail.
So don't control click on the thumbnail because that loads a selection. Control Click or Command Click elsewhere on the layer out here in sort of the empty area or above or below the layer name and that will add it to the selection and then I could drag these layers around in order to move them independently of the rest of the image. Of course I don't want to do that. That looks terrible but still it shows you how much flexibility you can afford yourself by relying on the advantages of a layered composition.
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