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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here we're going to take a look at a fascinating new tool: it's called the Perspective Crop tool. This tool, it kind of allows us to combine multiple steps together that we had to do previously into one tool. It allows us to correct perspective and to crop at the same time. In order to select this tool, what we're going to do is go ahead and click on the Crop tool and then click on Perspective Crop tool. This tool works really well where you have those situations, where you have this distortion. You can see this door, it's leaning in.
On the right side of the frame, these two trees, they're leaning in as well. So we want to crop and recompose this photograph so that we can correct that perspective issue. Well, the first thing you want to do is to simply go ahead and click and drag across the photograph. The next thing you want to do is make sure that this Show Grid option is turned on. This grid--or these little dotted lines-- are really helpful, and here's why. What you're going to do is you're going to move these different points on the crop, and then you're going to try to align these little dotted lines with the distortion or with the problem.
In other words, I'm trying to match this dotted line with the same way that this door leans. Well, this looks great until I get to the right side of the image. So now what I need to do is I need to make an adjustment here. So I'll go ahead and bring in this side as well. As I do that, well this side, it looks good, but now the other side doesn't. So here we'll see that there's a lot of give and take. I also want to make sure that this goes to the top of the frame as well, right there. Okay. Well, this isn't going to be perfect, yet it is going to really help out this picture.
One of the things that you'll notice, though, is that there are certain parts of the picture which will be cropped off. I will lose certain elements or data here in this file. So you want to be careful to make sure to get this right. Also, as you start to use this tool more, it will get you in the habit of shooting your pictures by including more information, so that if you do have to crop something off, you're not losing valuable or important information. All right. Well, here again, I'm just going to go ahead and try to modify this until I think this looks right. Next, press Enter, or Return, in order to apply that.
But here, you can see the finished results. Well, it looks pretty good. These lines are now pretty straight. This tree was standing straight and tall. Let's compare this to the previous version of the photograph. To do that, press Command+Z, or Ctrl+Z. Here was the original version, and then here is after our perspective crop. Once again, the before and then the after. So as you can see, this tool can be really effective when it comes to fixing those perspective issues and also cropping and recomposing your images.
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