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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
There's another new feature in Photoshop CS4 that will appeal to those of you who use a drawing tablet with Photoshop and that is the new Rotate View tool. You can use this tool to rotate the actual canvas rather than rotating the image. Let me show you how it works. I'm going to go to the new Application Bar at the top of the screen and I'm going to press this icon for the Rotate View tool, another way to access the tool is from this Rotate View icon in the toolbox. Then I'm going to come in and I'm just going to drag in my image. I'm going to drag to the right and the whole Canvas tilts to the right.
I happen to be left-handed so this is perfect for the way that I use a tablet, because it reflects the position of the drawing tablet as it is on my desk. When you rotate an image this way, you get this compass in the middle that shows you where true north is in the image even when it's rotated. If you happen to know the exact angle at which you want to see the image, you can come in and just type that here in the Rotation Angle field in the Options bar and when you want to return to the original angle, just click Reset View. This is another feature that makes use of the new OpenGL technology in Photoshop CS4.
Keep in mind that when you rotate an image this way you're simply rotating the canvas temporarily while you're working on the image. If you want to actually change the orientation of your photograph, then you have to go up to the Image menu and choose Image Rotation and make a choice here. So, if I choose 90? clockwise for example, I end up turning the entire image on its side and I can save it and print it this way. But if this actual rotation isn't what you have in mind, you can still virtually rotate your photographs as you work on them in Photoshop using the new Rotate View tool.
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