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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, babies, it's time to add a secondhand to this ongoing clock composition that goes by the name cardinaletondo.psd. If you have been working along with me, then you should have a minute hand, followed by an hour hand, followed by the frame layer, and the frame layer should be active, so that the secondhand that we are about to move in appears directly in front of the frame layer and directly in back of the hour hand. I am going to press Shift+F to return to the standard window mode. I am now going to bring the clockparts.tiff image from Nicholas Belton to top and I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Z or Command+Option+Z on the Mac to restore the full selection outline.
Now, using the rectangular Marquee tool, I am going to Shift+Alt+Drag carefully around the secondhand, that would be Shift+Option+Drag around that secondhand on the Macintosh side of things ,and that is the secondhand down here in the lowerl-eft region of the image. Then, I will press the Ctrl key and I will drag the secondhand into the cardinaletondo.psd image, that would be Command+Drag on the Mac of course. And next, I will press the F key so that we are looking at the image by itself, hiding of the clock parts from view. And I will press Ctrl+T or Command+T in order to enter the Free Transfer mode and then finally, I will press Ctrl+Shift+T or Command+Shift+T on the Mac in order to reload the Last Apply Transformation.
So I am matching the transformation that I apply to the hour hand in the previous exercise. Okay, so far so great as it turns out. Now, let's go ahead and move the secondhand into place and rotate it the way that the secondhand wants to be rotated. And I am nudging the secondhand from the keyboard, notice this, by pressing the arrow keys here and I am going to move this center point, this origin point, down here to the central pin location for the clock hands. And then, I will drag outside of the transform boundary in order to rotate the secondhand, I would say down to this location right here, just shy of the six.
And I want that secondhand to be a little longer and a little bigger so that it covers up even more of that hole in the center of the clock, and I am going to do that by clicking on this link icon between the W and H options in order to make sure those options are linked together, so that I can create a proportional resizing. Then I will click inside the W value and I will nudge it from the keyboard by pressing the Up arrow key. And notice that the secondhand is indeed getting larger, 53% looks pretty good to me. I will press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that value.
Then, I will nudge my hand into place, which means for me, I need to nudge it up ever so slightly. So I'll press the Up arrow key a couple of times and then I'll press the left arrow key once, for what it's worth because you are going to have to do your own thing there. But this is the effect I am going for, I think this looks actually pretty darn good. So now, I will press the Enter key on the PC here or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that transformation. Now, at this point, I think our clock hands look pretty darn good. So I will go ahead and rename my clock hand second of course, because this is the secondhand.
I might as well spell it correctly as long as I manage. So there we have minute hand, followed by our hand, followed by secondhand with the frame layer in back. Now, the one thing you might notice is that the frame layer, if you take a look at the interior of this round Tondo frame, you may notice that I have a little bit of a drop shadow, it's just a slight drop shadow to give the clock a little bit of depth. I think the hands want that exact same drop shadow applied to them. So, I am going to go to the frame layer and I am going to click.
Notice, this little FX icon right there, I am going to go ahead and right-click on it in order to bring up this popup menu. On the Macintosh side, if you don't have a Right Mouse button, then go ahead and press the Ctrl key and click on that little FX icon. And then I want you to choose Copy Layer Style. Now, we haven't discussed layer styles yet, we are going to discuss layer styles and all kinds of glorious detail in an upcoming chapter. But for now, just go ahead and choose Copy Layer Style. Then I want you to click on second and Shift-click on Minute in order to select that range of layers right there.
Right-click on any one of them and choose Paste Layer Style in order to paste that drop shadow on each and every one of these hands. Doesn't that look fantastic? Yes, it does if you ask me, and I am the only one here to answer, so I am going to go with a Yes, a resounding yes in fact. And that is our final composition as it turns out. I am going to go ahead and press the Tab key in order to hide my palettes and press the F key a couple of times so that we are filling the screen with the image. So here we have our final high renaissance clock, something that Raphael, Michelangelo, Giotto, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti never experienced but you, not with this cool clock face on it anyway, they didn't experience that, did they, and you can experience that, thanks to the amazing transformation power that's available to you here inside Photoshop.
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