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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.
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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, let's bring in the second hand and hour hand. I am going to press Shift+F in order to return to the standard window mode. I am going to switch over to the clockparts.tif image. I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Z or Command-Option-Z on the Mac in order to restore the full selection outline and then using my marquee tool, my rectangular marquee tool. I am going to Shift+Alt+Drag or Shift-Option-Drag around the hour hand, so that only the hour hand is selected. Now, I am going to Ctrl+Drag and drop or on the Macintosh side Command-drag and drop the hour hand into the cardinaletondo.psd ongoing composition and I will press the F key in order to switch back to the Maximize mode.
Now, then let's go ahead and scale and rotate this clock hand in the place, we are going to want to match the scale that we have applied to the minute hand presumably or at least nearly match it. But we are going to want to rotate the hour hand differently than the minute hand, so that means a little bit of matching that previous transformation and a little bit of going our own way that means of course, you first press Ctrl+T to enter that Free Transform mode that would be Command-T on the Mac, then you press Ctrl+Shift+T or Command-Shift-T in order to repeat the previous transformation while staying inside the Free Transform mode.
Now, let's go ahead and move the hour hand more or less in a place, now because the centres of both hands are black, it's a little bit difficult to align them and it's not necessary that we get them exactly aligned at this point, but I just want them more or less roughly aligned in place. And then I am going to drag the origin target into the center of this hand, into the location where the pin would be holding the hands in place and then I will drag outside of the transform boundary in order to rotate the hour hand. At this point, it becomes sort of an arbitrary decision as to exactly what hour of the day it is, why don't we make it let's say almost 2 o'clock, since it's about 10 minutes to some hour here.
Let's go ahead and drag it to this position right there and I might go ahead and make the hour hand a little bigger, because I want to start covering up this whole, I don't want to be able to see through this little crevice here between the hole in the clock face that reveals the Michaelangelo fresco in the background. So I am going to turn on the Link icon, here between the W and H values and then I am going to click inside the W value and nudge the W value upwards in order to scale that clock hand up to 45% let's say, just as a rough percentage.
Then I am going to press the enter or return key in order to accept that value and I am going to press the down arrow key to nudge that hour hand down ever so slightly and that's still not as big as I wanted to be, I wanted to be just slightly bigger, so that this crack is completely covered up. So let's go back to that W value and increase it even further to 47%, looks actually pretty darn good. That's a big whopping hour hand, but I don't think anybody is really going to see, oh gosh that hour hand is thicker than the minute hand, I think things look pretty good.
Alright, so I am going to press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that transformation and exit the Free Transform mode. Then I am going to the Layers palette and I am going to move the hour hand below the minute hand by pressing Ctrl+Left bracket, that's Command+Left bracket on the Mac, because the smallest center hole should be on top. So the minute hand should be on top of the hour hand and the hour hand is going to be want to be on the top of the second hand as well. Now, let's go ahead and rename these layers just so that we can tell them apart, this guy is hour and of course this guy at the top is minute, as it turns out and that's groovy.
Alright, now I am going to click the Frame layer, because the next hand wants to be directly above the frame layer between the frame layer and the hour hand, as we will see inside the next exercise.
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