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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, drumroll please, it's now time to add our selected sparkles to the star pattern composition. I am going to print Shift+F to restore the multi-window mode here and I am going to press Shift+Tab to hide the palettes on the right-hand side of the screen. We can now see both this splash-in-glass image and the starpattern.jpeg image which has been built into a two-layer composition. I am going to return to the splashinglass.jpeg image. Notice that my Marquee tool is active and it's active for a reason because I want to show you yet another cool trick.
Now, I have shown you this in the past. If you just set about dragging the selection with one of the selection tools, you are going to move the selection independently of the pixels and you are going to get sort of this ghost image here. So go ahead and undo that modification, return to this splash-in-glass image. If you want to move the pixels, you have to grab the Move tool or take advantage of this ultra wonderful keyboard trick here, press and hold the Control key on the PC or the Command key on the Mac to get the Move tool temporarily when just about any other tool is active inside of Photoshop, any but these guys right here, so any of the painting or editing tools, any of the selection functions and any of these navigation functions down at the bottom of the toolbox.
Alright, so I still have the Control key down. You Macintosh people, make sure that you still have the Command key down. Then I am going to move my cursor inside of the selected area, so I get a little black arrow with a pair of scissors next to it. I will now drag the selection. I still have the Control key down by the way or the Command key on the Mac. Now, you can release that Control or Command key if you want to, keeping the Mouse button down, press and hold the Shift key, now release your Mouse button and now release Shift. Did you get that? I am just going to review that again because it's so many wacky keyboard things happening, but it really is a useful function, I use this one all the time.
Once you get used to it, you will use it. So I am going to press and hold the Control key again, the Command key on a Mac, move my cursor inside of the selected area. I still have Control or Command down. I am now doing to set about dragging the image into its new home. I still have my Mouse button down at this point. I release the command or control key because I don't need it anymore. Then I press and hold the Shift key. I release my Mouse button and now I release the Shift key. Could it be more simple, I ask you? Is it not absolute child's play? Alright, I will press the F key at this point to restore the Maximize screen mode and I am going to Shift+tab my palettes, bring them back into view.
Now, this isn't necessarily the best integration of my highlights along with the rest of the composition. But you have to admit we have some awfully naturalistic edges going on, some nice soft drop-offs. Now, for the integration, here is how we are going to pull it off. Go to the Layers palette, make sure the Layers palette is up on screen. Let's go ahead and rename this layer Sparkles, if you will. And then I am going to change the blend mode from normal.
Go ahead and click on the word Normal and change it to the screen blend mode, which is going to retain the highlights and merge those highlights into their new home, like so. Is that not awesome? Alright, so I am going to press the Escape key in order to deactivate the word Screen here in the Layers palette. You Macintosh people, don't have to do that, that's a Windows-only thing. Now, I am going to back out so that we can see the final version of the composition. This is what it looked like before we applied the screen mode, this is what it looks like after we have this wonderful integration of the highlights and the shadows and the midtones dropping out in order to reveal the star pattern in the background.
We can see through the glass into this big star. We can see through the water into the tiny little stars back here. It's an amazing composition. I am going to go ahead and tab away my palettes so we can see the entire thing and press the F key a couple of times to switch to the Full Screen mode, an amazing composition. Thanks to the Color Range command, the simple but elegant Color Range command here inside Photoshop.
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