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Intelligently scaling an object

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A lot of times, when working with images, you want to kind of resize them or compress them a little bit. But the results always are disastrous unless you use this Amazing tool which we'll talk about in this movie. So, what I want to do is show you the before, essentially. What people typically do. Let's say I have this photo of my beautiful wife and I want to resize this from this landscape image it's a really wide landscape actually too. It's taken with a camera typically meant for movies and not for portrait. So what I want to do is hit Cmd+T, or Ctrl+T on the PC. This enters free transform mode.

Intelligently scaling an object

A lot of times, when working with images, you want to kind of resize them or compress them a little bit. But the results always are disastrous unless you use this Amazing tool which we'll talk about in this movie. So, what I want to do is show you the before, essentially. What people typically do. Let's say I have this photo of my beautiful wife and I want to resize this from this landscape image it's a really wide landscape actually too. It's taken with a camera typically meant for movies and not for portrait. So what I want to do is hit Cmd+T, or Ctrl+T on the PC. This enters free transform mode.

And what I want to do is take this from landscape to portrait but if I click on these sides to resize this, you can see that it gets squashed and that just looks terrible. So I'm going to hit Escape. Now another Option is that I could select the Crop tool, and just crop this but part of the magic of this image to me is that there is this dark vignette on the sides and then it kind of fades to this blue right behind her head, and I really like that.

By just croping it I really miss that. So realicticly I want my cake and I want to eat it too. I want everything in the image but I just want it resized in a perfect way that doesn't mess with the way my wife looks. So I'm going to press Escape here, and I'm going to go to the Edit menu and Choose this magical command called Content Aware Scale. Now think about what that means for a second. Content Aware Scale. You're seeing this term Content Aware increasingly more and more in Photoshop. And basically what that means is that Photoshop is aware of your content. It's intelligent, it's looking at your image and it's trying to make guesses about what you want.

So I want to scale this but I want to scale this with Photoshop being aware of the content. So I choose this and now watch this when I scale this it brings it in squashing it but my wife is not getting squashed. It's just squashing the background it's bringing in all of the black and all of the beautiful gradient on the side and I can even bring this down from the top and it's not squashing my wife's head at all it's taking the data that Photoshop just knows I don't care about up here. And it's just compressing, it's not cropping it off, it's just scaling it in an intelligent way.

And so, in this way, I can resize images intelligently. I click Enter on the numeric keypad to accept it, or I could use this little check mark, up here, and it is accepted. And now, I can crop this using the Crop tool. I bring in the sides, and the top, and I can click Enter. And now, I still have the vignetting all the magic that I wanted and practically no distortion on my wife's face and it's a great end result.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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