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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Alright, so, how is it going, hanging in there, having fun? I hope you are having fun, good, sounds good, awesome. I am just sitting here anticipating your answers. Of course, I have no idea what you are saying, if indeed you are talking at all. In these first few exercises, we will be taking the works of several different high renaissance artist and we will be marrying them together in a fairly elaborate layered composition. So to start things off, I would like you to open this image right here. It's called Cardinale tondo and it's found inside the 16 Work Liquify folder that's available to you inside the exercise files folder, and it features the works of a handful of different high renaissance artists.
Starting with the cardinal of the title of the image, brought to us by none other than Raphael, great painter, wonderful guy. And I have set the image inside of this frame that's normally associated with a piece called Doni Tondo that's hanging in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Doni Tondo is the rare oil on panel painting, oil on wood panel as it turns out, by Michelangelo. I have gone ahead and stripped that rare painting out of the frame and just kept the frame.
Now, the frame is supposedly was designed in part at least by Michelangelo, but it was executed by Giotto or Brunelleschi or Ghiberti, one of those dudes that helped carve the Duomo Baptistry Doors in Florence, if you have ever seen those awesome doors. And then I have set the entire thing against this Fresco by a Michelangelo. So Michelangelo still has a part to play inside of this composition. But I figure, I haven't done really enough to defile the works of thee great masters. So I am going to take the entire thing and turn it into a clock.
And I would like you to join me, if you will. And I have got some clock parts available to you, clockparts.tiff, also available to you inside this 16 Work Liquify folder. And this image comes to us from new low renaissance artist, Nicholas Belton who sells his wares through iStockphoto.com. And this guy has done a terrific job of disseminating these various clock elements so that we might build our own clock, totally awesome image. And I have gone ahead and added a mask to the image so that we can select the elements very easily.
In the next exercise, the first exercise in which start building things and assembling our pieces, we are going to take this clock face, we are going to move it into the Cardinale Tondo composition and we are going to scale the clock face to fit.
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