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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.
Despite Photoshop's considerable and much ballyhooed capabilities, it typically confines you to the two dimensions of your canvas: height and width. Granted you have the added dimension of layers and you can add bevels and drop shadows to simulate depth, but there's precious little in the way of 3-dimensional imaging tools and inside the Standard Edition of the program, that precious little goes by the name of Vanishing Point. Introduced in Photoshop CS2 and updated in CS3, the Vanishing Point filter lets you edit an image in perspective.
Mind you it doesn't miraculously bring your 2-D layers into 3-D space, but it does a heck of a job pretending. The filter lets you divide your canvas into a series of rectangular planes that match the angles of actual objects and surfaces in the photograph. Then you can move, paint, clone and even heal areas of your image within that simulated 3-D space. It takes a little bit of time to set up the planes and the tools don't always work the way you might expect them to, but I think you'll agree that Vanishing Point opens a whole world or at least another dimension of image editing flexibility and fun.
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