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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.
In this exercise we are going to turn this grim scene here into a thing of beauty, because we are going to introduce a painting. It's going to actually look really cool. And the painting is in perspective, but we want to introduce it into a different perspective so we are going to have to basically crop it out of one scene and then introduce it into another, as you will see. So I have two images open, I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Mi portal es tu portal.psd in honor of lynda.com/deke and then we also have Perspective painting.jpg. Now then, I did add a little bit of depth to LYNDA.COM/DEKE, you will see this bluish area on the sides there that sort of matching the bluish kind of cast that's associated with these lights. And you might say well, how in the world did you create that depth effect, that extrusion effect? Well, it's a fake extrusion that I created using a drop shadow. So there is the drop shadow right there on the URL layer. You will see if I turn it off, it goes away. No depth now. And then I turn it on, it comes back.
And how is it working? Well, if you double-click on drop shadow, you will see that I went ahead lifted one of these cyan colors right here from the actual lights. And I set it to screen and I set the Opacity to 70%, I matched the Angle, Distance, Size, all laid out in front of you right there. So just a really simple effect. Sometimes that works, especially when the drop shadow is exactly in alignment with the text. You can see that it's just shifted over with respect to the text. So if the text is at this -17 degree angle then the drop shadow matches nicely and it looks like an extrusion effect where at some other angle, it wouldn't turn out so nicely.
Anyway, I'm going to cancel out of there. That's cool. What I want to do is I want to coat these walls now. I don't want them to look like these grim tiled walls. I want them to look bright and beautiful much like our perspective URL. And I'm going to do that by introducing this painting. This lovely painting called Perspective painting.jpg. But it's already in perspective is the thing. It already has its own angle going. So there is no way I'm going to go reconcile the two. When you are working with Vanishing Point, you have to bring in a flat image, it has to start flat and then you can match it to the angle of the scene. You can't start with something that's already angled. Even if it's kind of at the same angle like this one is.
So let's flatten it out, and of course you may recall from way back when. If you want to yank a picture out of a scene, or you want to flatten the scene in general, why then, you take advantage of this special Crop tool function, and I'm about to reshow you. I'll go ahead and grab the Crop tool and then I'll drag around the painting like so. Now I'm finding the shield to be very distracting. So I'll turn of the Shield option so that I'm just seeing the crop boundary. And then I'll turn on Perspective, so go ahead and turn on that checkbox and then let's move these corner handles where they want to go. So each one of the corner handles now can move independently of the other ones, thanks to that Perspective checkbox being on.
Go and move this guy up a little bit, move this guy down a little bit. You want to make sure that you are all the way inside of the frame and you are not even selecting any of the shadows that are being cast by the frame that is. That said, I think this boundary looks pretty darn great. So I'll go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac and there we have it, the scene has been yanked out of its frame. It's now nice and flat as if we were viewing the image head-on. So we'll press Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C. That's a Command+A, Command+C on the Mac. Now let's switch back to our composition in progress here. We need a new layer of course. I'll press Ctrl+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on the Mac and I'm going to call this Beauty, because it is going to be beautiful, you will see, and I'll click OK. So we have got a new layer called Beauty. Now let's go to the Filter menu and choose Vanishing Point. I'll press Ctrl+V, Command+V on the Mac in order to paste in my painting and I got to zoom out here, because we are going to drag it in here it's going to come massive, massive painting once again.
And let's move it over so it's completely covering up those tiles. We don't want to so much as a hint of tile showing up. Now I'll press Ctrl+minus or Command+minus a few hundred thousand times in order to zoom out so that I can see my entire marquee. I'll switch over to the Transform tool; I'll drag this handle down so that we are reducing the image to a more normal size. It's going to sort of fit the scene better. Then we can zoom in by pressing Ctrl+Plus or Command+Plus on the Mac. Go ahead and nudge this down a little bit, move this in somewhat. Actually, I think this looks pretty darn good the way it is. And then we need to clone it onto these other two tiled walls right there. So I'm going to go ahead and Shift+Alt+Drag or Shift+Option+Drag that painting over to the right until it completely covers up the tiles like so. And let's go ahead and scale that out a little bit, because my Transform tool is still selected. And then I'll Shift+Alt+drag or Shift+Option+drag again to cover up that last bit of tile, maybe do a little bit of transformation. And then click OK in order to accept that modification.
And now we have a real beautification project in order here. Actually, let's zoom back in and Shift+Tab away the palettes. That looks pretty darn good. Now you know what would make it look even better, if we had reflections. If the scenes were reflected onto the highly polished floor, wouldn't that be cool, straight down reflections? I think that would be so cool that we are going to do it, friends. We are going to create the reflection effect of your dreams; it's going to look so great. And we are going to do it in the next exercise.
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