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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I've gone ahead and saved my progress as The tragjic scar.tiff. Notice that tragjic is spelled with a J, in honor of the Healing Brush, which I'd like you to go ahead and select here. And we are going to use it to heal this scar. But this is little more difficult because it's a big region that we have to heal. And try to find a suitable source is quite challenging. So I am going to increase the size of my brush, like so by pressing the right bracket key. And then I am going to Alt click, let's say down here because it's very close to this region. So I'll Alt click right about there, Option click on the Mac.
And notice that as soon as I move up the jaw line, the angle of the jaw line no longer matches. And we care very much about that, because even though Photoshop is capable of matching colors and general luminance. Any luminous discrepancies, that is the transition from dark to light, right here on the jaw line is going to be retained. Because that's the essential texture information that you need to satisfactorily heal an image. All right, so I am going to move up here. And just to show you how badly it's going to work I'll go ahead and paint.
And I am integrating the mustache and some old scar stuff up there. And as soon as I release I end up getting this, which is still like, wow that's remarkable, Photoshop can do that. It's of no use to me whatsoever though, of course because it doesn't look right. All right so Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, if you run into a scenario like this where you just can not find something to source inside the image. Then think about something that's symmetrical, that can be flipped and rotated. For example this area right over here, the opposite cheek, I could source from it.
I'll Alt click or Option click at that location right there. And then move my cursor over there. Now you might say what are you even talking about, because if you start painting here, you are going to have an even worse match than you had the time before. That's true, by default. But you can change things around by going to the Clone Source panel. So I am going to go up here to this little folder icon up here in the Options Bar. And I'm going to click on it. And that brings up the Clone Source panel. Now this panel was originally designed to accommodate video folks.
So Photoshop Extended allows you to edit individual frames inside of movies. And that's why we have multiple clone sources that we can save here, up to five. And then you can do all sorts of stuff with them. But for those of us who are working inside of still images, it's also a useful panel, because you can go ahead and rotate the source using this little angle value right there as well as scale the source. Now something that's broken right now inside this particular version of CS5. And I don't know if it's going to get fixed or not.
I'm working in an advance in a Beta version of Photoshop. But something that used to work and isn't working right now is the ability to change either the width or height values here to negative. And so what I'd like to do is change Width to negative. And that would go ahead and flip my source on to my destination. And it works out beautifully in Photoshop CS 4 and CS 3 and so on. However as I say it's broken here, so if I try to enter a negative value it gets mad at me. And changes it to 1%, which is no good. All right so I am going to change it back to 100% because I don't want to scale the source.
And I am going to you a work around. That still involves the Clone and Source panel. We will come back to it in a moment. So what I am going to have you do is jump a new copy of this layer by pressing Ctrl+J or Command+J on the Mac. And notice we have another copy of this little girl on this thing called Layer 1. You don't have to rename it because we are just going to be throwing it away later. And then what I am going to do is flip this layer. So I am going to go up to the Edit menu. And I'm going to choose Transform. And I'll choose Flip Horizontal. And we get a flipped version of this girl, like so. And that does the work that we would otherwise do inside the Clone Source panel.
Starting in a next exercise I'll show you how we can clone from one layer to another, inside Photoshop.
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