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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie I'll be working on the file north_shore_mcoots. This photograph comes to us by way of another one of my surf photographer friends Mike Coots. We are going to open this one up. This is an old film photograph and for some reason I like old photographs, so we'll have a little bit of fun with this one. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then press the Spacebar to reposition the image. There are times when you need to rotate your images. In this case it's because this was a print that was scanned. In other situations the image will just be a little bit off. Well, this is really interesting trick that you can use. What you need to do is navigate to your Tools panel. Then you need to select the Ruler and with the Ruler selected you then want to click and drag across something that should be straight. Well, I know that that line should be straight. I then navigate to the Image pulldown menu and I choose Image Rotation > Arbitrary. That will then rotate the canvas 3.5 degrees, so it measured how far off that was. It will then correct that so that that's straight and voila! That has now been corrected.
What's kind of interesting, you can also rotate your images in a little bit more of a free form way. You can grab the Crop tool. I'll go ahead and extend the Crop around this image and then make it just a little bit smaller here. Now when I try to create a little bit of an interesting different perspective, so I'm going to twist this by approaching the corner of the Crop there and click in and drag in to the right and then double-click to apply that. Now it's a very different image. I have created this different perspective. It's now pointing up a little bit. Let's undo that, Command+Z to undo. Grab the Crop tool again, shortcut key is the C key, so I'll go ahead and click and expand that across the image and now I'm going to rotate it the other way and all that I'm doing here is having a little bit of fun, seen what would happen if I change the overall prospective. So in this case it's almost like you are sliding or falling down, because I have created that slope here.
Now this particular crop and rotation is a little bit too dramatic, yet there are times with your images where you can subtly tweak them in order to add a little bit of visual interest, and sometimes that means, using the Crop tool and simply rotating that. Other times, you want to get things perfect, in those situations grab that Ruler tool and drag across something that you know should be straight. Navigate to Image > Image Rotation > Arbitrary, and then just keep in mind when you do that, you almost always have to then grab the Crop tool and crop off the other areas of the image that you are not going to be using. In this case I'm just going to crop right into that image there. Double-click to apply that crop. All right, well I hope you picked up some helpful tips in this movie.
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