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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.
Okay, in this exercise I am going to show a total throw away technique. It's of limited practical value I don't know that I have used it in a real world job ever but it has such an enormous wow factor. If nothing else you can use it to show off your Photoshop acumen to friends and neighbors and let's face it that can be a valuable thing to do because when you are showing off how great you are at Photoshop you are not only winning friends, you are also influencing people. That could get you a pay raise for no good reason you could end up getting a pay raise out of this technique.
I am here to tell you write me if you do please, won't you? So here's the idea. This is one of those techniques that nobody knows about and that's because it's buried it's only available from the keyboard. It turns out that you can replicate and transform an object over and over again. A function that goes by the name of series duplication inside of other applications, inside Photoshop it doesn't really have a name and here's what I want you to do. Here I am working on this ongoing clock face composition that's inside the cardinaletondo.psd image.
I want you to select the second hand layer if you are working along with me and we are going to do this strictly from the keyboard because there is no other way to pull it off. You may recall if you press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac you will enter the free transform mode for the active layer but if you press Ctrl+Alt+T or Command+Option+T on the Mac you will not only enter free transform but you will also end up duplicating this layer in the process. Now it doesn't look like you are duplicating the layers so far, but keep your end on the Layers palette, it will change in just a moment.
Alright, now I am going to move this origin point to the center of the hand like so and I am going to drag outside the transformation boundary in order to rotate the hand vastly and you can see right away I go ahead and duplicate the hand and a new duplicate second layer appears inside the Layers palette. Alright, so I want to go ahead and rotate this layer 36 degree so that I can be assure that I will have a total of 10 second hands inside of a 360 degree circle.
So let's change that angle value here inside the options bar to 36. Whatever it turns out to be for you change it to 36 like so and then press the Enter key a couple of times or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to apply that transformation. Now here's the incredibly cool part. Here's the series duplication network. I want you to jam on a few keys here, it's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T on the Macintosh side that's Command+Shift+Option+T and I am going to go ahead and keep pressing those keys Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T on the PC or Command+Shift+Option+T on the Mac in order to duplicate the hand over and over and over again.
And every time you press that keyboard shortcut you not only duplicate the layer but you also rotate and otherwise transform it into another position and you get this nice series duplication effect. Will you ever find a use for that inside Photoshop? Maybe you will, maybe you won't. Will you ever find a use for it at a party? You sure will depending on what kind of parties you go to but this is a fantastic technique really. If you are not already just going oh my goodness that was so cool, your friends will be.
Try it out on them see how it works.
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