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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Despite Photoshop's considerable and much ballyhooed capabilities, it typically confines you to the two dimensions of your canvas, height and width. Granted, you have the added dimension of layers and you can add Bevels and Drop Shadows to stimulate depth. Photoshop Extended even grants you an array of three-dimensional imaging tools. But inside the standard edition of the program, your one and only glimpse into the deep dark chasm of 3D is Vanishing Point. The Vanishing Point Filter lets you edit images in perspective. Mind you, it doesn't miraculously bring your 2D layers into 3D space, but it does a heck of a job pretending. The Filter lets you divide your canvas into a series of rectangular planes that match the angles of the actual objects and surfaces in a photograph.
Then you can move, paint, clone, and even heal areas of your image within that stimulated 3D space. It takes a little bit of time to set up the planes and the tools don't always work the way you might expect them to. But I think you'll agree that Vanishing Point opens a whole world or at least another dimension of image editing flexibility and fun.
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