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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.
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In this exercise I am going to show you the various ways to move a layer around inside Photoshop assuming that you are working along with me here inside the SaintSebastian.psd image then go to the bottom of the layer stack here inside the Layers palette and you will see a layer called MyFace that is currently turned off. I want you to turn it on by clicking in this eye area here, this eyeball area and that makes it of course visible inside of the image window. Now get the Move tool which allows you to move layers around inside Photoshop and go ahead and drag the face.
And what you will probably find is that you are dragging the hand instead which can be a little bit confusing. The reason is that Photoshop is by default moving the active layer. Now by turning the MyFace layer on I didn't make it active, I just made it visible. So I am going to undo that modification there so that I don't move the hand. You need to actually click on the MyFace layer here inside the Layers palette and then drag it or I will undo that modification. If some other layer is active and you want the Move tool to behave in a more intelligent fashion then you can turn on this Auto Select checkbox here in the Options bar and you can also choose whether to automatically select a group or a layer and that would be an individual layer inside of a group.
We don't have any groups inside of this document and I will show you groups a little later inside of this chapter so let's not worry about that for now. But notice the hand layer once again is active and were I to drag the face, Photoshop would go ahead and automatically select the face and move it to a new location. Now that might make you think that that's the best solution is to just go ahead and turn on Auto Select, turns out not really. I don't like this option on by default, I go ahead and turn it off. The reason is that sometimes I want to be able to move an item when my cursor is well outside of the confines of that layer just for alignment purposes or just because I am being sloppy whatever, you get used to working a certain way and it becomes your way of working, isn't that philosophy for you.
Alright so in my case I am going make sure that my face is selected and then I am going to drag it to a new location for example I could put it down here so it looks like Raphael is wearing a very realistic mask in a foreground. We can even make it look like he's got his mask on this little sort of this little mask holder. Alright anyway I will undo that modification. If any other tool is selected for example if I still have the brush tool selected I can press the Control key or the Command key on the Mac in order to get the Move tool temporarily so that I can drag things around so once again that's Control or Command dragging to move a layer when some other tool is selected.
If you want to be able to nudge a layer to a new position then go ahead and select the Move tool once again and either press an arrow key which will move the image in single pixel increments or press Shift along with the arrow key in order to move in 10 pixel increments. Now I prefer the 10 pixel increments because when you press Shift with an arrow key you always get 10 pixel increments regardless of your zoom ratio. If you just press the arrow key then you get 1 screen pixel increment so it varies depending on your zoom ratio which is really weird in my opinion.
Alright let's say you want to nudge a layer around when some other tool is active. I am just trying to show you all your options here folks. Then let's say the brush tool is still active then I would press Ctrl Shift or on the Macintosh side Command Shift along with an arrow key. And what I want you to do is assuming that you are working this way I want you to press Control Shift left arrow four times in a row or Command Shift left arrow four times in a row to move my face 40 pixels to the left from where it was originally located and you will get this nice match of my face with the background.
Now we obviously have a lot of problems, my face isn't colored properly, I don't have enough hair covering up this portion of Saint Sebastian who is showing through in the background. We will of course solve all of those problems in future exercises.
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