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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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Alright, now that we have cloned this guy into his new home, it's time to heal away the sockets. We are going to get rid of this socket or whatever this thing is along the floor and we are also going to get rid of these two sockets on the baseboard. We are not going to worry about the other ones because that's just a lot of busy work, you can do that on your own if you like. And we are going to do this healing inside of the vanishing point filter. Now, first, let me show you why it's so essential to use the vanishing point filter for this kind of stuff. Notice that we do have some perspective associated with this baseboard.
Now, it may appear as if these two lines for examples here are almost parallel to each other but they are just off enough because they are both declining toward a common horizon line. They are just off enough that it's going to cause you some real problems, create some real problems when you're trying to heal these sockets away inside of Photoshop. Just to demonstrate, I am going to grab my standard healing brush, this guy right here, not the spot healing brush. And I am going to press the Alt Key or the Option key. Actually, first, I need to make sure that I am working under right layer, I have got the Clone layer active.
Let's switch to the Background layer here. Then I will press the Alt key or the Option key in order to set the source point and then, I will paint away to the best of my ability this line and this line here. Notice that even though I've got the top line in place, the bottom line is way off. And that's just a distance, notice that's a distance of about an inch here on screen, and yet that ends up rendering this much difference in perspective. It's really amazing how much perspective is going on even in what is really probably inside the gallery about six inches, so not going to work using healing brush.
We could probably do it in the couple of different passes here, do the top line in one pass and the bottom line in another pass. But why bother, particularly because the vanishing point filter automatically deals with the perspective, but also because healing is handled so very, very well inside vanishing point better in many regards than it's handled outside of the vanishing point filter. So let's go ahead and undo that modification. Click on the Clone layer to make it active and then I am going to press Ctrl+Shift+N and I am going to name this new layer Healing, and click OK in order to accept that new layer.
Now, let's go up to the Filter menu and choose Vanishing Point. And in order to heal away details to paint with a healing brush inside of vanishing point, you take advantage of this guy right here, the Stamp tool which is a tool that's available to you inside Photoshop. The thing is with the Stamp tool in Photoshop you just clone details away, you don't heal them at all. But the Stamp tool does double duty inside vanishing point. So go ahead and click on that tool. Now, at least for me, by default, healing is turned off, and let's leave it off for now just so you can get a sense of how this function works.
Alright, my cursor looks like an Arrow tool which is really weird because I really have a brush selected, and it's going to continue to look like this arrow until I Alt or Option-click. So let's go ahead and do that. Press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click at a point from which you want to clone, so this is a source point. Now, go ahead and release Alt or Option and notice that you get a real-time brush preview, is that not cool? So you can see exactly how the source is going to align with the destination. And I will move my cursor around here until I get things exactly lined up.
This looks actually pretty good I think. And when I am satisfied that the source and destination line up, I will just go ahead and click in order to cover up that socket. Now, that's a pretty good match. The one problem is it's a great match in terms of the perspective as you can see here, the bad thing is that I had healing turned off so Photoshop made no attempt to heal the transition, so we have some pretty sharp transitions going on. Let's go ahead and undo that modification by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z. Turn healing to on so that you are healing both the luminance and the color values.
And then, one of the things when you are healing inside Photoshop, especially when you are healing along the edge of one of the plains here, those plains can get sort of in your face, they can block your view of what's going on. So let's hide those edges by going up to the Window menu and choosing the Show Edges command, and turn it off. You can also press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to turn those edges on or off. Alright, they are still in play of course, it's just that they are hidden from view. And now, because the aligned checkbox is on by default, we have already established the distance between the source and destination in the previous operations.
So all we need to do now is line up the cursor and click in order to heal away that socket. Is that not amazing? Now, there is another little weird edge right there. If I move the cursor away, you can see what I am talking about, that vertical edge, it looks like somebody has been in here editing this image. May well be, but we can take care of it of course. Let's say Alt-click or Option-click again to set a different source point. And I will click when I feel like I have got things lined up. Actually, my brush cursor is a little big. So I will reduce the size of my cursor by pressing the left bracket key.
So you can change the size of that cursor on the fly by pressing left bracket or right bracket. You can also change the hardness on the fly in 10% increments this time by pressing Shift along with one of the bracket keys. Alright, I am going to reduce the size of that brush a little bit and then, I am going to line up the brush and click in order to heal away that edge, that looks very nice in my opinion. And let's do another Alt-click. This time I think I will, no, no, this actually looks pretty good. I will go ahead and Alt-click at this location.
Notice that you are really not going to see through the brush so the source information is going to block wherever you are trying to Alt-click. Just don't worry about that, just Alt-click or Option-click where you want to set the source, and then I will make my brush a little bigger this time by pressing the right bracket key, I'll line up the source in the destination and I will click to heal away that socket. Now, something else that's really amazing because the line is turned on, notice that I am just moving from one plain to another, so I can use that same source point in order to heal away this socket.
I don't have to set a new source by Alt-clicking or Option-clicking, all I need to do is just click on that socket, it goes away. There is another little sort of weird smudge right there, notice that. So I will just click to make it go away as well and I've healed the floor. Was that not amazing? And further amazing inside of vanishing point 2.0, you can heal across back and forth across multiple surfaces as long as you have Allow Multi-Surface Operations turned on as it is by default, so check this out. I can now scrub just kind of back and forth like this over both the floor and the baseboard.
Now, I ended up introducing a little bit shadow because I was being sloppy, but it's just totally amazing to me that you can do that. Alright, I will undo that modification because it wasn't really good modification. Compare that by the way to having Allow Multi-Surface Operations turned off, in which case, you are going to get some really kind of aberrant bizarre effects here, definitely not something that I consider to be desirable, I hope you don't either. Let's go ahead and undo that modification. So when using the healing brush that is the Stamp tool set to the healing mode, make sure that Allow Multi-Surface Operations is turned on.
Alright, anyway, we have done a terrific job of healing away the sockets inside of this image. Go ahead and click OK in order to deposit the results of that modification here on to this independent healing layer. So there is the baseboard modifications and over here, even more successful, I dare say is the floor modification, all thanks to healing inside of vanishing point.
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