Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos
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Using the new Crop tool the old way


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Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

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Video: Using the new Crop tool the old way

For all the things that we changed in Photoshop CS6 around the Crop tool, we've we've realized that any time you change a fundamental tool, it is going to be a little painful for people. There's a period of adjustment in getting used to the new way of doing things. So let me show you how to use the new Photoshop CS6 Crop tool to do some of the things you used to be able to do only with the old tool. If we come over here into CS6, one of the things that I mentioned is we could take a Rectangular Marquee and we can draw that much as we used to and then we can come in here to Image > Crop, and we wouldn't normally think of the Marquee tool as a Crop tool, but for people who are really used to the way that it used to work, that's really approachable and easy.
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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
    3. What you need to know about Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 42s
  2. 9m 30s
    1. Reinventing the Crop tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the new Crop tool the old way
      3m 46s
  3. 6m 4s
    1. Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Auto
      3m 9s
  4. 6m 37s
    1. Using Curves
      3m 31s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Curves
      3m 6s
  5. 14m 57s
    1. Looking at sharpening
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Sharpen
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow
      2m 20s
    4. Applying brush-based selective sharpening
      5m 50s
  6. 9m 6s
    1. Understanding the challenges of building blur
      2m 54s
    2. Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field
      6m 12s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. The evolving Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      6m 24s
    2. Understanding the role of the graphics tablet
      1m 56s
  8. 12m 33s
    1. Understanding and using Content-Aware Fill
      3m 16s
    2. What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work
      2m 38s
    3. Beyond fill: Content-Aware Patch
      1m 16s
    4. Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about
      3m 30s
    5. Content-Aware Move: Recomposing photos
      1m 53s
  9. 3m 17s
    1. Exploring what Liquify is really used for
      3m 17s
  10. 12m 1s
    1. Correcting automatically based on lens profiles
      4m 2s
    2. Getting the most out of Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 47s
    3. Exploring lens distortion and video
      3m 12s
  11. 7m 22s
    1. Using presets new and old
      47s
    2. Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer
      2m 15s
    3. Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    4. Imagining a connected Photoshop
      1m 49s
  12. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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1h 37m Intermediate Sep 05, 2012

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In this course, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes takes you on an insider's tour of the key photo-enhancement features in Adobe Photoshop CS6, providing details on how they work, background into their evolution, and insights into how to use them more effectively.

The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.

The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.

Topics include:
  • Reinventing the Crop tool
  • Rediscovering the Auto button
  • Getting the most out of curves
  • Understanding Smart Sharpen
  • Building blur and softness
  • Working with a graphics tablet
  • Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
  • Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
  • Using presets
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Using the new Crop tool the old way

For all the things that we changed in Photoshop CS6 around the Crop tool, we've we've realized that any time you change a fundamental tool, it is going to be a little painful for people. There's a period of adjustment in getting used to the new way of doing things. So let me show you how to use the new Photoshop CS6 Crop tool to do some of the things you used to be able to do only with the old tool. If we come over here into CS6, one of the things that I mentioned is we could take a Rectangular Marquee and we can draw that much as we used to and then we can come in here to Image > Crop, and we wouldn't normally think of the Marquee tool as a Crop tool, but for people who are really used to the way that it used to work, that's really approachable and easy.

Now with the new Crop tool itself, there are some other ones to know. One is Delete Cropped Pixels. Now with that unchecked you have nondestructive cropping, and that's really powerful, because you can go back and you can reedit your image and get access to the data you threw away, but not everyone wants that. So if you want to get rid of your whole image when you crop it and not create any layers, check this checkbox and delete the whole image. Now one of the other things to know is if you come in here, you can turn off individual functions, like Auto Center Preview and Show Cropped Area, or you can just click Use Classic mode, and it will automatically turn those off, so that now, when I rescale this, I'm going to have a different experience, and when Icrop it, you notice that there are no layers and if I come back here and reselect the tool, I don't have any other data there.

My image has truly gone and I've cropped it, and I've applied that there. Now I think one of the most important ones here is when it comes to front image. Now prior to CS6 you could hit front image and you could prompt the dimensions of your image and you could force that into the crop fields, and people wonder how you might do that with the new tool. So what you want to do is come down here to Size & Resolution, and you can either input your different sizes or you could come right in here to the dropdown and Source and say Front Image, and I've plugged that information in here.

Now this is one of those areas where you can take the best of the old and the new and you can Save that as a Crop Preset. And that's really handy, because you didn't have access to those presets before. So those are few ways that we thought about the old way of doing things and understood that some people just like things the way that they used to be. Now there is another part when it comes to Perspective Cropping. Prior to CS6 there was a function in the Crop tool called Perspective Crop that allowed you to change the perspective of an image, we've actually made that its own tool now.

So here I have an image that's coming in on itself a bit. The perspective is a little askew and I want to straighten it up. So if I come over to the Crop tool, I'll see that nestled under that is what's called the Perspective Crop tool. This is a new tool that used to be a behavior of an old one. And the way that this works is I draw my rectangle around it, and I drag my lines in to line up with part of the image, you can see the doorframe on the left there. I'm going to do the same thing on the right-hand side and it's a little more extreme on that side, and then I'm going to tilt it a bit and try to match the horizontal line to one of the horizontal lines on the image.

When I'm ready, I can just hit Enter and apply that, you'll see that the image is straightened up. So we still have all that functionality that we had prior to CS6, we've just created a new tool for it. So there you see a whole bunch of changes to the CS6 Crop tool for new users and older legacy users as well.

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