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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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Now, we have made some pretty hideous modifications here. How do we go about undoing even incrementally reconstructing the original image? Well, we've got a lot of options available to us. For starters, notice that the name of this tool is the Forward Warp tool. You may wonder why that is, what's so forward about warping. Well, it is a cheeky little tool for one thing, but also, you can reverse the effects of your warping by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and clicking with the tool.
Notice how I just slightly undid that distortion right there by Alt-clicking on one eye and then Alt-clicking on the other eye. That behavior is identical to the Reconstruct tool, so you could switch to the Reconstruct tool if you prefer, and click with that tool as well. And notice that that incrementally reverses the effect of whatever adjustments you have applied. It doesn't have to be a warp adjustment, it can be any of these other adjustments as well. Alright, so you can click with a tool, you can drag with a tool.
I don't really recommend you drag because when you drag with a Reconstruct tool or Alt or Option+drag with a Warp tool, you end up undoing your modifications much too quickly from my liking. So I will go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command Z on the Mac to reestablish the bad stuff. And I might even press Ctrl+Alt+Z, Ctrl+Alt+Z, a couple of times in a row in order to get back to the really bad modification, so that we can see the results of a few other functions. By the way, if you find that either of these tools is working too quickly, in particular the Reconstruct tool, then you can change your brush pressure settings.
So let's say I take this brush pressure down to 20 and then click. And you will notice that the reconstruction happens much more slowly. Alright, anyway, what I would really like to show you or these guys down here, I love these guys, reconstruct and restore all. Notice, if you click on a Reconstruct button, Photoshop just goes ahead and applies a little bit of reconstruction, it doesn't do the whole thing, it just goes ahead and incrementally backs up everything that's been applied to the image. And what that can mean as if you have gone way too far, you can back things up and restore some pretty realistic detail to your image.
And if that's not enough, just click on the Reconstruct button again. Now, it's going to take several clicks of that Reconstruct button to get back to the original version of the image. And of course, reconstruct is undoable, you can press Ctrl+Z or Command+Option+Z to back up here, Ctrl+Shift+C or Command+Shift+C on the Macintosh side, it goes ahead and forwards steps through the reconstruction in this case. In any event, I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+C or Command+Option+Z on the Mac in order to restore a few of those bad manipulations because in addition of reconstruct, you have this guy Restore All.
If you just want to abandon all your modifications, get back to the original image, then click on the Restore All button, and you will return to the original version, in this case, of the Raphael fellow. Now, one other way to work, and by the way, once again, that is undoable, I just need to make sure you understand how wonderfully flexible this function is, so if I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, I will undo the effects of the Restore All button. If I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z again, I will redo the effects of the Restore All button.
You have one other sort of DEFCON 4 option here, and that is you can press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on this Reset button. Notice, that cancels changes to reset. That not only resets the image just as the Restore All button does, but it also resets all the settings inside of the dialog box. So it's going turn Show Backdrop off, it's going to turn Show Mesh off, it's going to reinstate the original tool options and so on and so on. And that's not necessarily something that you want to do.
So I would lay off Alt-clicking on cancel, but know that it's there, just in case you want to restore your original settings. And I would focus on using the Restore All button in order to reinstate the original version of an image.
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