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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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Alright I have gone ahead and restored the original version of the image so that we can see how we can protect portions of the image using the mask functions. Let's say for example that I want to focus my attention on the face and only the face, I want to protect the hat and I want to protect the hair details. Then I would go over to this tool right here that's the Freeze Mass tool. It allows you to paint in a mask sort of in a quick mask like fashion. So I am just going to paint over the hat and then I will paint down here over the hair.
It's not really necessary that I go too far out, I could paint all over the place over here but as long as I constrain my mashinations to this area inside the face I should be okay. And I am going to paint down over this region as well. Now if you end up making a mistake and you paint into the face like this then you could erase away the mask by selecting this guy the Thaw Mask tool. So even though these tools have really bizarre names freeze mask and thaw mask as if somehow masking is cold I don't know where that comes from but they have good icons.
They have got a little painting icon for adding to the mask and they have got a little eraser icon for erasing away the mask which makes a lot more sense I think than that strange ice metaphor there. Alright so I will paint away, I will go ahead and erase away that mask that I had inside of the face and then I will paint in a little additional mask just right around the hair detail so that I am tied to the face here. Now I will go ahead and grab some wacky tool like the turbulence tool and I will increase the size of my brush pretty dramatically and just sort of click and hold here at various locations.
And notice no matter what horrible things I do to the face, I am not going to affect the hair and I am not going to harm the hat either. So the hat and the hair are protected from my wacky and I think plain undesirable modifications at this point. He has that turbulence tool, I am sure you will find many a real world use for it. Alright anyway I am going to go ahead and undo that modification. You will get a sense of what I am talking about and if you feel like getting rid of your mask at any point entirely getting rid of it then just go over here to your masking functions and you can click on the None option like so in order to get rid of the mask.
And notice that we did bring a little bit of the hat into the face but that's because I had a little bit of hat on mask there. You also in case you want to get really serious about masking you have some options for replacing the mask and adding to the selection which actually subtracts from the mask and subtracting from the selection which really adds to the mask and so on. And what these options allow you to do is bring in masking elements from either the transparency mask that's associated with the layer so the layer outline itself, any selection that you may have active inside Photoshop and the layer mask if indeed there is one.
Now these options are dim for me because I have no selection and no layer mask associated with this specific layer. Alright, that's it folks. That is how the various options inside the liquefy dialog box work. At this point I recommend you just cancel out because we haven't done anything very useful so far. So go ahead and cancel out of the liquefy dialog box so we don't mess up this fellow's face. In the next exercise we are going to get a big dose of a practical application of the liquefy filter when we attack this image right here Madeline.jpeg.
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