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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.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
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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In this exercise we are going to add a new image to the composition by importing it into the Vanishing Point filter. And when you are bringing new items into Vanishing Point you have to take advantage of the clipboard that is you have to copy the images and then Paste them into Vanishing Point. Here's how it works. I am going to go ahead and bring up a new image here it's called teasedblonde.jpg, it is once again available to you inside the 17 Vanishing Point folder and it comes to us from photographer Andrzej Burak and in order to copy this image you have to first select it and then copy it that means going to the Select menu and choosing the Alt command and then going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Copy command.
Or of course more easily you could just press Ctrl A, Ctrl +C on the PC or Command A, Command C on the Mac. Then let's return to the bluegallery.psd image, let's create a new layer by pressing Ctrl Shift N or Command Shift N on the Mac and we will just call this layer Blonde for lack of a better label here and then click OK in order to create that new layer then go up to the Filter menu and choose the Vanishing Point command. Alright we are now ready to introduce the image into Vanishing Point but we can't take advantage of the menus at all.
Notice all the menus in the background inside Photoshop are dimmed and unavailable to us. And this menu that's available to us inside Vanishing Point doesn't offer any pasting functions. So we have to perform the paste from the keyboard and you do that by pressing Ctrl V or Command V on the Mac which is a keyboard shortcut for the paste command. It will appear up here in the upper left corner of the image sort of outside all of the planes. Go ahead and now drag that item into a plane like cell.
And she is so huge, she is so monstrously huge that she takes over the entire wall which I think is just wonderful and notice I can move her against another wall if I want to, she is just sort of peeking around these walls. She is not wrapping from one plane to another because where pasting is concerned right now I have this Allow Multi-Surface Operations option turned off. But if you want to wrap the image around multiple planes you can go ahead and turn the option on and you will get this sort of weird effect going on right here. And what's amazing is notice that she will wrap across planes if I can get her back on that one plane there for a moment here.
She will wrap kind of like around this surface down here and around and over to the other side of the plane. Vanishing Point doesn't always handle very complex wrappings very well. Sometimes it gets a little messed up, that might be something that they care of once the product actually ships but right now it sort of gets messed up which is why I prefer when in doubt to have this option turned off where pasting is concerned. Also it's so cool just to see a face projected on a single wall. It's like she is a character in a movie at a drive-in or something. Anyway she is way too big.
Let's move her on to the wall where she belongs and it turns out she really is way too big and let's scale her and I am going to do that by grabbing the Transform tool and dragging one of these corner handles in order to make her smaller and she needs to be made way, way smaller as it turns out so I will drag her to a tiny size and then drag her back up here, scale her back up so she is little bigger. Here's the problem with big dramatic scaling inside a Vanishing Point. Vanishing Point doesn't do such a great job where lots and lot of interpolation is concerned.
So because we have scaled her so dramatically we end up getting some jagged edges that resemble nothing so much as a hair full of maggots in my opinion, she has got all this like weird little choppy stuff going on and I don't know why it just gives me an unsanitary feel. I don't think this is what we want at all. So what I am going to tell you is that if you start getting choppy details regardless of what your impression of those choppy details is you are probably better off scaling the image before you bring it into Vanishing Point as opposed to scaling it inside Vanishing Point.
So let's just go ahead and cancel out and let's return to the teasetheblonde image right here because her hair obviously is not full of maggots that's not a problem, she is just a very tidy person is my guess. Let's go ahead and scale her down by going up to the Image menu and choosing the image size command, make sure that Resample Image is turned on and it's set to bi-cubic and that's going to be our best setting here. Let's go ahead and change the width value from pixels to percent and then I will reduce the width to 25% and because Constraint Proportions is turned on that's going to affect the height value as well, click OK and she now looks very wee on screen very small.
Press Ctrl A, Ctrl C to copy her once again that's Command A, Command C on the Mac. I will return to my blue gallery composition. I have already got the blonde layer there so I will go up to the filter menu, I will choose Vanishing Point and I am going to go ahead and zoom in on my image here on this frame and I will press Control V or Command V on the Mac. And you may notice hey where is the image, where to go? I will show you. They always come in up here in the upper left hand corner of the image window so don't be disturbed if you don't see something happen it's because you have got this little wee image up there in the upper left corner of the window.
Go ahead and drag her down into position and this time she almost fits her frame, she almost fits her new background. Let's change that opacity value to 50% so we can do a little bit of a comparison here. Switch to the Transform tool, scale the image so that it's bigger than its blue background by about this kind of margin here about 4 or 5 pixels and in the next exercise we will be masking her into place so that she is not so big but I just want her to be a little bigger so that she covers up everything really nicely.
Now let's switch back to the marquee tool reinstate an opacity value of 100% and click OK but first notice her hair, notice her hair is no longer full of maggots it's now nice and smooth a little choppy but not nearly as choppy as it was before. Click OK in order to apply the modification and there she is looking great inside of her new frame. Inside the next exercise, we will mask her and shade her so she looks like a bona fide member of this gallery.
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