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Transforming a masked object

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Video: Transforming a masked object

Creating composite images, of course, can be a lot of fun. I've certainly been having some fun adding this huge sparrow to the beach scene here, but I think the sparrow might be just a little bit too big, so I'd like to size it down just a little bit. And for that, I'll want to transform my image. And I can actually transform an individual layer. In other words I can re-size an individual layer, and I can even re-size an image layer with the mask intact. Here you can see I have a layer with a bird on it, and of course a layer mask that is allowing only the bird itself to be revealed. And the two are linked together.

Transforming a masked object

Creating composite images, of course, can be a lot of fun. I've certainly been having some fun adding this huge sparrow to the beach scene here, but I think the sparrow might be just a little bit too big, so I'd like to size it down just a little bit. And for that, I'll want to transform my image. And I can actually transform an individual layer. In other words I can re-size an individual layer, and I can even re-size an image layer with the mask intact. Here you can see I have a layer with a bird on it, and of course a layer mask that is allowing only the bird itself to be revealed. And the two are linked together.

You can see there's even a chain icon indicating that these two objects, the layer itself and the layer mask, are bound together. That means that I can move this layer around but also transform it. To transform this layer I'll go to the Edit menu and then choose Free Transform. Now you can see I have a bounding box around the image. I'll go ahead and hold the Shift key so that I constrain the aspect ratio, and then I'll drag any of the corners to resize the image. So, just resizing that one image layer. That looks to be a pretty good size.

I can then also move the layer around so I'll just click on that layer and drag it around in the image, and right about there looks pretty good. So I'll go ahead and commit that change by clicking the Checkmark button on the Options bar. I could also double-click inside the bounding box or press Enter or Return on the keyboard to apply that change. But there you have it. By utilizing that free transform, or for that matter any of the transform commands, I can adjust a masked layer so that both the layer mask and the image layer are being changed in exactly the same way, so that the masked object remains masked even as I'm resizing and moving it around.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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Tim Grey
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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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