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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.
In the previous movie we took a look at how we could use Free Transform and Warp in order to try to correct perspective and distortion a little bit. Well, what I am going to do is just for the sake of argument, take a look at how we can use what's called the Puppet Warp tool in order to do something pretty similar. Well, first what we need to do is copy that background layer. Go ahead and do that, Command or Ctrl+J. Let's go ahead and name this new layer puppet warp and then let's navigate to our Edit pulldown menu and here we are going to go ahead and select Puppet Warp. And the way that this tool works is we always need to set a few points.
We need at least two, one which anchors a portion of the image and one which allows us to modify it. Well here let's go ahead and just set down a few anchor points, so we'll go ahead and click in our image, and all that I am going to do is click these pretty broad little points here, and I am going to ahead and try to anchor a few things down, then begin to make some adjustments. Well, let's click in this top-left point. I am going to go ahead and click and drag this to the left. You can see that as I'm doing that I'm straightening out this area here. Well, now if I want to move this down here I can set a point and then click and drag that over as well.
So you can see that I can have a lot of control in regards the overall correction that I'm interested in making. Now one of the things that might happen is that as you set points you'll decide that you want to move one area and then perhaps you want another point and then perhaps another point and eventually you are going to run out of the ability to add points. Well, in that case all you need to do is to select more points right here. So again if ever you need a lot of points you can always add that option there. Okay, well I am going to go ahead and just make a few little adjustments here and just click near the cross to try to bring that one over that way and then click over here on this cross to try to bring that one up just a touch. Again, just controlling these different areas of the image.
And the more points you have the more areas it will be frozen or locked in, and so you can then control exactly what you want to make changes to. Well, in this case let's go ahead and see how we've done. We'll do so by pressing Enter or Return. Now if we click on the eye icon of this layer, here we have our before and then now our after. So again now with this Puppet Warp tool you can see that we can make some pretty good adjustments to our photographs. The one thing to keep in mind with this is that you can always keep going.
For example, let's say that this cross is a little bit too bent to one side. Well no big deal. Navigate to Edit, choose Puppet Warp, go ahead and set a few of your anchor points as you've done before and so we will make our way through our image setting some of these anchor points, and then we will click on one where we want to modify the image. And now here what I can do is click and drag this. I can also click near this in order to drag that one way or another in order to make a correction to a particular area of the photograph. Press Enter or Return to apply that, and now I just simply subtly modified that particular area of the image.
Now the last thing to point out here is that when you're using Lens Correction or Free Transform or Puppet Warp, occasionally what you'll do is you'll skew your image so that you'll lose some of the background. Well you have a few options here. One is you could simply use a Clone Stamp tool in order clone stamp in some of this area. Another option would be to simply crop in. Let's go ahead and add some of that back, and we'll do so with the Clone Stamp tool. Click on the New Layer icon. We will go ahead and name this layer r1 for retouch one.
I'll select the Clone Stamp tool. Make my Brush bigger with the right bracket key. Option+Click on the sky pretty close to this area, and again all that I am going to do is paint over this area, and once I have brought this in, I'll go back and do some healing on top of that area as well. But first I want to go through these areas over here, so I want to make this to be really close as I can, this edge is looking pretty good, and a lot of times what you will need to do is even a little bit more detail work than I am doing here.
This image is actually pretty easy to work on. Sometimes you'll need to do, a touch more than what we have done here. Just make sure you don't have any repeating patterns, so go ahead and try to disguise those as much as possible, and that looks pretty good. Next up, let's grab our Healing Brush and with the Healing Brush I will make this nice and big. Now here I will go ahead and paint over this area. Now that I have added that with the Clone Stamp, I can then bring the texture back this way and also work on the tone so that that looks really nice, and again just making my way through the image there. Here is our before.
And then after cleaning up all those edges. Now let's take a look at our final before and after. And once again we can do this by holding down the Option key for a Mac, Alt key for Windows, and then let's click on that eye icon while holding that key. Here is our before and after, subtle, yet significant improvement to the photograph.
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