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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
As we saw in the last tutorial, you can certainly add canvas size around your images in the Crop tool, but there are times when you might want to be a little bit more specific and add, say, for example, an inch to the side or to the top of your image. If that's the case, then I would suggest we go to Image and then Canvas Size. We want to add 1 inch to the left- and right-hand side. Then our total inches for Width would turn to 8. If we wanted to add 1 inch at the top but maybe 2 inches at the bottom, then I need to change my Height to 7.
Now, by default, Photoshop is going to anchor the original photo right in the middle. Of course, I can change that by clicking in any of these grid squares. If I do this on a background layer, which is what I have right now, Photoshop has to fill this additional canvas with a color. I can choose my color right here if I wanted to change it, or I could select it from the list here. When I select Other, it would also take me to the color picker. So a more flexible way to do this might be to cancel out and before using Image Size, turn your background into a layer.
The easiest way to do this is to choose Layer > New > Layer from Background. I'll call this ice, click OK, and now when I go to Image > Canvas Size, you can see that if I change my numeric values to 8 and 7, I don't have the option to pick a background color, because Photoshop will automatically create transparency around the area. There's another option in this dialog box.
I can simply add a relative amount of space around my image. By checking that on, I can now change, for example, the width and height to 2 x 2. You have to be a little careful here. Because it's relative, it's going to add 1 inch on each side. So if I wanted to actually add 2 inches on each side, I would need to change these values to 4, but I'm going to just add 1 inch, so we'll leave it set at 2. When I click OK, you can see that Photoshop has added an inch of transparency all the way around my image.
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