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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.
All right, I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Aligned couple.psd found inside the 28 Auto-Align folder, and you will see that on one layer is my wife right there, and if you turn her off, you will see me on the layer below. And we're aligned together, thanks to the Auto-Align command, that amazing command that's been enhanced inside Photoshop CS4. But we are just as well where this composition is concerned inside Photoshop CS3, so we have nice alignment going on, and now what we can do is we can paint Elizabeth into by scene. So I'm going to go ahead and click on the Elle layer right there. I'll move down to this Add Layer Mask icon, and I'll Alt or Option-click on it in order to fill that layer mask with black.
Let's go ahead and move this out a little bit, so that we can see the name of the layer, and now let's just go ahead and paint Elizabeth into place. I'll get my brush tool and I'll make sure that the foreground color is set to white, which it is. All these options in the Options bar set to their default, except for the brush size, I have got a humongous brush going. Now I'll just paint Elizabeth in place, and notice seamlessly, this is just, it's just so impressive, and not only can I paint Elizabeth into the scene as I have done here, so that she and I appear to have been photographed together, even though we photographed each other independently.
But also I can go ahead and paint in Elizabeth's reflection in the window back here. Oh, my gosh, and we are both holding champagne glasses right? She's got one, I have got one, but what you don't know is we've got one for you. So join us, won't you, as we have merry fun with the Auto-Align command inside Photoshop CS4.
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