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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
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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