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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here we're going to take a look at a phenomenal new feature which allows us to correct perspective when we're working with panoramic photographs. So we're going to start off, here, in Adobe Bridge. And what I want you to do is to navigate to the folder which is titled pano and then select all of the images in that folder. And these are photographs of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, which is a beautiful building in the town where I live. Here we'll press Command+A on the Mac, or Ctrl+A on Windows, to select all of those files. Next, let's navigate to our Tools pulldown menu and then go to Photoshop, and here we're going to choose Photomerge.
This allows us to merge and stitch and blend all of these images together as a panoramic photograph. For the Layout, you want to choose Auto and then turn on the three check boxes below in order to ensure that this panoramic photograph looks its best. Next, click OK. Once you click OK, well, Photoshop will do its magic and it will start to bring all of these images together and it will attempt to correct the different distortion problems that we have with this pano, because it was captured with a wide-angle lens from a low perspective.
And what we'll see initially when we see the pano is that while we have a lot of really good content, we have this strange bend here. Let's take a look at how we can fix that. So here, I'll press F to go to full-screen mode. The next thing I want to do is merge all of these underlying layers together. There are a couple of different ways that we can do that. One way is to just flatten these. So let's go ahead and try that option. Here we'll go to our layer pulldown menu, and we're going to select Merge Visible.
This allows us to merge or flatten these layers together. Next let's duplicate this layer, and we can do so by pressing Command+J on the Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. And then I'm going to name this top layer correct. This is the one that we're going to correct with this new feature. All right! Well, here we'll navigate to our Filter pulldown menu. We're going to choose Adaptive Wide Angle. This will open up this dialog which allows us to make some pretty powerful corrections to our photograph. You'll notice for starters that there is a strange lean here.
Well, if I click and drag along this roofline, my line there will essentially follow that, and then it will straighten that out. Next, what you can do is hover over one of these circles. Notice I get those two arrows. You can then click and drag watching the angle in order to correct that. You can also go to the other side as well in order to try to make that level. Well, already this correction here, it looks a lot better. Let me zoom in on it a little bit by pressing Command+Plus, or Ctrl+Plus.
Here's before, and now here's after. Yet, one of the problems that I'm noticing is there's this bend here on the wall and the stairs. Once again, we can click and drag along this area. As we do that, that line follows that distortion and then corrects it. As you make one adjustment, it will also bend or change other areas of your photograph. So you're going to have to make a lot of different adjustments. Here I'll press the spacebar key and click and drag to the right.
What about this side? Well, once again, we can go ahead and click and drag over this area and try to straighten that out. You can also click on the endpoints to control how far or how big of an area you're changing or correcting. And here, you can see by correcting that entire line, it just straightens this out for me. Next, I may want to work on the roofline up top, so we'll go ahead and add a point there and try to bring that down a little bit. Now the problem with this left side is that it's pointed up.
So we need to change the angle. That's really easy. We can just bring this down, and we'll have to do this a few times to see if we can't get it right. We can go ahead and work with this line too. And we can modify this one here. Just looking to try to push that out a little bit so that it's a little bit more level. And now you can see really from our preview before and then now after. We're making some pretty powerful corrections. Let's press the spacebar key and click and reposition, so we can look at the right-hand side. And again, here I'll do the same thing, trying to correct the problems that we have over here on this side.
Here we'll rotate that down a little bit. By doing that, it's also going to bring down some of the other elements. I'll work on the roof that I'm seeing over here. So I'll just click and bring that down and then rotate this side down so it's not pointing up. I want to have this closer to being level. The challenge with all of this is that as you make these adjustments. Sometimes you'll go too far. Here we can see I've kind of pinched this. The good news is that that's really no big deal, because we can continually make these changes. You can also make changes which are vertical.
If you want to change the lean of this tree--we'll just click and drag on that-- and then here I can have this lean to the right, or I can change to have it lean to the left. If you make an adjustment that you just don't like, well, just click on it in order to highlight it. Once you've done that, you can press Delete or Backspace in order to remove that. Okay, well, let's go back to the center of the frame. Now that we're back here, I'm going to click on this point and just change my rotation a little bit to try to make that a little bit better. And here, I'm just looking to kind of sweeten this up a little bit and just make a few little subtle changes to the overall look.
Next, I'll zoom out by clicking on the Minus icon. And by doing that, I kind of want to see my pano in its entirety. And you know that whenever you're creating a pano, you're always shooting more than you need, and eventually you'll crop this in. Okay, well, I think this is looking really good. Let's go ahead and click OK in order to apply those adjustments. And as we can see here in our Layers panel, we now have two layers. You can look at the before and after by clicking these layers on and off. Well, now that we've made those corrections, let's get rid of that background layer momentarily and then grab our Crop tool.
And here, with the Crop tool, I'm going to go ahead and click and drag in order to crop out the area that I don't want in this pano. And in this case, I'm just going to try to create a nice composition here with this image, really focusing in on this building, which I think is beautiful structure there. I'll zoom in a little bit so I can see that a bit better. It's a trick with pano, is that they're so wide you can't always see them. So here, I'm pressing the spacebar key and moving to the left and right, trying to find just the right spot for my crop here, so that this panoramic photo looks good.
Next, press Enter or Return. Actually, before you do that, I should point out you always want to leave this option turned off: Delete Cropped Pixels. We don't want to delete away those edges because we may want to change our crop. All right! Well, now that we've done that, we have this really nice pano. It's been corrected well. If we turn on that background layer, we can see the before and after, and we can see how we've used this new filter in order to correct and enhance this photograph to remove the distortion which often happen when we're capturing panoramic photographs--and especially that happens when we use these wide-angle lenses when we're capturing our panos.
And by using this new filter, we can then make those corrections in order to accomplish some pretty compelling results.
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