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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.
Now we have seen the Warp tool, we have seen the reconstruct tool let's keep moving down the list. The next tool is the Twirl Clockwise tool and it's called Twirl Clockwise because if you click and hold with the tool it's going to go ahead and twirl whichever element is falling under the cursor in a clockwise direction. And notice for me it's twirling very slowly. That's because I have my brush pressure set to 20% which is a low setting of course. Now you can also twirl counterclockwise if you like by pressing the Alt key and clicking with the tool, that's Option clicking with the tool on the Mac.
Now I do stress that I am clicking and holding with the tool, I am not dragging around with it because it becomes a little unpredictable if you start dragging around notice that. Alright and I end up upsetting the bridge of the nose and everything following the Twirl Clockwise tool which of course as I said twirls in both directions depending on whether the Alt or Option key is down. After that we have got the Pucker and Bloat tools which are interchangeable with each other subject to the Alt or Option key as well. The Pucker tool if I go ahead and select it allows you to reduce the size of an element.
The Bloat tool I go ahead and select it now here from the list allows you to increase the size of an element and in this case I am giving this guy sort of these Steve Tyler lips here. Actually it looks a little more like Liv Tyler but that's okay. Now if you want to interchange these two tools if you just want to stick with one and sort of mix it back and forth then you can press and hold on the Alt key. So for example if I press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac I am going to convert the Bloat tool into a Pucker tool.
Alright so there is those guys Twirl Clockwise, Pucker and Bloat some very useful tools as it turns out, I would call these guys the next most useful tools after the Warp tool. In the next exercise we will see this group of tools that's not quite as useful but they come in handy every once in a while the Push Left tool, the Mirror tool and the Turbulence tool, coming right up.
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