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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Rear wall patched.psd because the rear wall after all, gosh darn it, is patched now. And I told you we are going to be introducing the Scrubbco banners on the walls and we are. It's just not going to be in this exercise, it will be in the next exercise because first I want to show you something else. We haven't done anything with the floor so far. I want to use the floor as an opportunity to show you how you can clone between planes inside Vanishing Points. I have been giving Vanishing Point something of a hard time here. I thought I do a little mercifully short up with Vanishing Point exercise, so we'll all be thrilled and happy. So make sure Perspective Edits is active inside the Layers palette.
Go up to the Filter menu, choose Vanishing Point. Notice that Vanishing Point like Liquify is not tracked by the first Filter command. Go ahead and choose the command to bring it up and then I want you to get your old Stamp tool. And make sure that Heal is turned on, and Aligned, I have Aligned turned off right now. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on the floor details right here, this little panel, whatever that thing is, and this drain. I don't know what they are but I want them out of there. So watch this. I could go ahead and accidentally switch to the Hand tool permanently by pressing the Spacebar. Isn't that nice? Let's go back to the Stamp tool, say I thought this was going to be an up with Vanishing Point exercise but it's turning on a down note. That's okay.
Press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click to set the source point in the wall. I just want you to see this and then I'm going to have a really big brush. I have already done this. I have made my brush very large, so that you can see it moving across this plane right there. Isn't that lovely? But watch this. It will transform to another plane. No problem, and I can just go ahead and heal with it on an entirely different surface. So this is like so computationally intensive and yet Vanishing Point can handle it, no problem.
Then I release and it goes ahead and heals that information into place. Amazing, I tell you, amazing. Anyway, that's not what I want, so I'll press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac in order to undo that modification. Let's go ahead and scroll over just a little bit here. Move my cursor out of the way, press and hold the Alt or Option key, move my cursor back into a better location. This seam right here is pretty easy to track. So I'm going to Alt-click at about this location right there. That would be an Option-click on the Mac to set my origin.
Then I'll move my cursor over here and I'll paint away that metal doohickey, whatever it is, drain, what have you. And I'll paint that other thing away too and then I'll release and nice. Just heals that stuff away, it does a really nice job actually. If we are uncomfortable with this little bit of shine, that's cloned from this region right there, then I could Alt or Option-click at a different location. Actually, I'll just keep it where it was. That's actually a decent place for it. And Aligned is turned off, so I can keep cloning from that location. I'll reduce the size of my Brush by pressing the Left Bracket key a few times, and then I'll just kind of do a little dinky drag over that area. Looks good.
So isn't Vanishing Point awesome? Now then, and I didn't have to say why I'm just saying that, because it is, it truly is. It's a little funky here and there. It's kind of a little buggy even. But it works wonders when treated gently. Let's go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification and deposit my edits on the Perspective Edits layer right there. In the next exercise, I really will be introducing the Scrubbco banner items from this image right here. Join me, please!
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