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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.
Alright, so let's grab that clock face and scale it in the place. You should have two images open if you are working along with me, one is called clockparts.tiff and the other is called Cardinale Tondo and they are both available to you inside the 16 work liquify folder. Go to the Channels palette and you will see in addition to the RGB channels, you will see a Mask channel which I have created for you to make the selection of these various pieces a little bit easier, and it was pretty simple to create this Mask Channel. I just duplicated the blue channel, inverted it and increased its levels, a few other tricks as well.
But generally speaking, it wasn't very hard because after all the elements are set against the white background. I want you to load the channel as a selection by pressing the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and clicking on the Mask channel thumbnail. Then, I want you to make sure that just the clock face is selected, not the hands. Let's go ahead and deselect the hands by Shift+Alt dragging with Marquee tool or Shift+Option dragging with the Marquee tool around the clock face, like so. And if you need to use the Spacebar in order to get that Marquee in the place, go for it.
But anyway, we are doing Shift+Alt or Shift+Option Marquee so that we are going to find the intersection of that Marquee along with the clock face. Once you have the clock face and only the clock face selected, go ahead and press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and do a drag-and-drop, go ahead and drag that clock and drop it into its new background. Yo don't have to worry about pressing the Shift key on the drop, we're just pressing the Ctrl key or the Command key in order to temporarily access the Move tool. Now, the clock face is way too big and by the way, it should appear as you are seeing it here on screen that is directly behind the frame layer but in front of all the others layers.
And if you want to check that, you can go over to Layers palette and make sure that this new Layer 1 is the second layer from the top in the stack here inside the Layers palette. I will just go ahead and call it Face as in clock face and then, I will press the Enter or Return key in order to accept that modification. The clock face is way too big and I am also going to press the F key in order to switch to the Full Screen mode. So we don't have any distracting elements in the background here. Now, as I said, the clock face is way too big, it's taking up too much room. So I need to scale it.
And to scale a layer, you go up to the Edit menu and you choose the Free Transform command, that you don't have to work that way, you could go to the Transform command directly below a Free Transform and then you could choose one of the specific items, the specific types of transformations from the Transform popup menu. For example, you could say I want to scale this image, so I will go ahead and choose the Scale command. The advantage of using the Free Transform command is that it allows you to scale, rotate, skew, distort, apply a perspective and warp and do all these other stuff from one convenient mode, so you don't have to lock yourself into one particular kind of transformation or other.
Plus, Free Transform has a keyboard shortcut, a very easy one to remember as well, just press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac. Alright, as soon as you choose the command, you may get an effect like this where you see some but not all of the transformation boundary that surrounds the clock face. So I am seeing right here in the center of the clock face and the center of the hole, I am seeing a little transformation origin that shows me the point around which the transformation will occur. I happen to also be seeing the top of my transform boundary, but I need to be able to see all of the handles.
So I am going to go ahead and zoom out and the easiest way to zoom out so that you can see the Transform Handles inside a Photoshop is to just press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac. And as soon as you do that, Photoshop will take you out as far as you need to go out in order to see the entirety of the transformation boundary. Alright now, I am going to move my cursor over one of these corner handles and I am going to go ahead and Shift-drag. Now, the reason I am pressing the Shift key is because I want a proportional resizing.
And this ensures that the width and the height of the clock face are affected by the same percentage, they are both being scaled uniformly so that I don't get one of these stretched effects like this here. Alright, I have gone ahead and stretched the clock face. I don't want that. So I am going to take advantage of my one Undo that I have available to me when I am working inside the Transform mode. Go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to take advantage of that one level of Undo. Then I am going to move my clock face up a little bit. I can just drag inside the boundary in order to move it to a different location and then I can continue to scale.
Now, notice that I have more or less center of the clock face inside the frame at this point. I am going to go ahead and zoom in as well, so that I can better see what I am doing. And I am zooming into the 66.7 zoom ratio, so things are going to look a little bit jagged on screen, don't worry about that. Now, if I have things centered, I may want to transform a little differently, I may want to scale not from one corner to the other corner like that. Alright, I will go ahead and undo that modification. But I might want to scale with respect to this center origin point right there.
And I will do that by pressing and holding the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. So notice when you have that Alt or Option key down, you will scale from the center point outward which happens to be handy in this case anyway. I also have the Shift key down by the way. So I have both Shift and Option down, you have to have those keys down throughout the entirety of your dragging. And so you have to release the Mouse button before you release the keys, otherwise things will switch on you as you are dragging with the mouse cursor there. Now, I am not nudging the clock face up a little bit from the keyboard by pressing the Up arrow keys, so you can nudge things around using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
And of course, if you want larger nudging increments, then you can press Shift along with an arrow key, like I am doing right now. Alright, I think this is pretty good actually and I will just sort of take note that I have scaled the clock face by 44.4%. So the Options bar is busy tracking your transformation up here. And this is the width value and this the height value, and they are the same because I took care to press the Shift key as I was scaling the image. Alright, that's it. I am going to go ahead and accept the transformation either by clicking on this little checkmark over here on the right-hand side of the Options bar or by pressing the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac.
And that's all there is to it. I have now placed the clock face into the frame. I have also scaled it so that it fits. In the next exercise, we are going to move the face underneath the portrait and we are going to merge these items together so that painting and clock face are as one.
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