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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's have a little bit of fun here and take a look at a mini project, which will help us to learn a handful of things. In particular, it will help us to learn how to use the Polygonal Lasso tool in the context of a little project. All right. Well, over here in the Layers panel, you can see that we have a Background layer, this photograph that's hanging in the gallery. Above this, we have this photograph that I captured of Jack O'Neill. Now, if your surfer, Jack O'Neill is a pretty significant guy, because he invented the wetsuit. He is just a really fascinating and intriguing character.
Well, let's say that what we want to do is we want to include this portrait inside of this area of this photograph that's hanging in the gallery. Well, how can we do that? Well, the first thing that we need to do is we need to select and then copy the photo of Jack O'Neill. The easiest way to do that is this. On a Mac, if you hold on the Command key, on a PC the Ctrl key, you can then click on the layer thumbnail icon. Now, when you do that it will activate that as a selection. Next, we need to copy what we selected.
Here, we'll go to Edit and choose Copy. Now, once we've done that, we now need to deselect. We can do that by navigating to the Select pulldown menu, and then by choosing Deselect. We could, of course, also use the shortcut there. But let's go ahead and choose it this way this time. All right, great! Well, now that we've selected this, what I am going to do is turn off the Eye icon here. Eventually, we are going to paste that into a new context, in particular, into the space where the current image actually is. Let's go ahead and click on the Polygonal Lasso tool.
You can select that here. What you do with this tool is you simply click to set your first point, reposition your cursor, click again, reposition, click again, reposition, click again, and then your final click, you want to go back to right where you started. You'll see a new circle icon will show up right next to the tool there, Click, and that will then activate this area as a targeted selection. Well, how then can we paste that other portrait into this context? It's actually really easy.
Let's go ahead and turn on the Eye icon, so we can see this image in the background. Then navigate to the Edit pulldown menu and select Paste Special. What we are going to do is choose Paste Into. This is actually really quite interesting, because what it will do for us is paste this image into a new layer into this exact space. Well, let's turn off the Eye icon of that photograph there of Jack O'Neill. Here, you can see the photo is now in the correct position. Well, let's say we want to move the photo a little bit. No problem.
Simply select the Move tool and then go ahead and click and drag to reposition. Another thing that might be kind of fun would be to add an inner shadow on this image. Pretty easy as well. Simply navigate to your Layers panel. Click on fx, and then from there, what we can do is choose Inner Shadow. This will then add that little inner shadow from the outside in. Let's decrease the Distance, so it's all the way around the edge there. It's just a subtle, little shadow, but it makes it look like the maid is perhaps sitting on top of the image.
Let's lower the Opacity. We don't want too much of that, but just a little bit. It kind of creates that nice sense of the dimension there. Then click OK. Well, now at this juncture, we have successfully replaced the photograph. Here, you can see the before and after by clicking on your Eye icon. Here is the before and then the after.
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