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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
One of the features that we haven't talked about is the ability for Free Transform to warp an image. Because we're going to be using Free Transform, if I don't want this to be a destructive edit, meaning that I might want to go in and change my mind. Without losing any image quality, then, I should turn my layer into a smart object, before transforming it. Just like we did in the last video. But in order to add something new, lets actually select two layers on the layers panel, and then warp them together. On the layers panel, the right waterfall is selected.
I'm going to hold down my Cmd key or my Ctrl key. And also click to select the left waterfall. Now, in order to convert them both to a smart object, I'm going to select Layer and then Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object. You can see that Photoshop has nested both of those layers into a single smart object. This is going to allow me to apply a warp to both of the images at the same time. An important note is that I haven't actually merged those two layers onto the same layer. They're both independent, so if I wanted to edit the contents of that layer at any time, I could always go into the Layer menu, choose Smart Objects, and then edit the contents.
When I select-edit the content, Photoshop opens that smart object into its own window. So I'll click OK. We can see now I have two window open. Here I have the contents of the smart objects, and we can see that both of those layers are still independent. I'll go ahead and close that for now. I don't want to actually do anything to these layers. I just wanted to show you that you could still access them. Independently. Now we're looking at obviously the composite image with our smart object. So in order to add our warp, I'll choose edit and then transform and then warp. In the upper left we have a number of presets that you can choose from. For example we have the arc preset or we have an arch We also have a flag that you can select from, or maybe a wave or even a fish. But the thing is, most of these warp quite dramatically, in fact, way too dramatically by default.
I'll go ahead and select the flag again, but I want to change the amount of bend. You'll notice that when I position my cursor on top of the word bend, I actually get an icon that has a hand With arrows pointing in both directions. These are my scrubby sliders. So, I can click the word "Bend", and then drag to the left in order to decrease the amount of bend, or the amount of warp effect that I'm achieving. If I click and drag to the right You can see that I can increase it. I can also just go in and enter in a numeric value here. Maybe a five, in order to just add a very slight warp. If I also wanted to scale this image, I could toggle back and forth Between the warping and free transformations, by just selecting the transformation in here. So, again, if I wanted to scale this, I could select it. If I want to constrain proportions, I'll hold down the shift key. And if I wanted to scale it from the center, I'd also hold down the option key, or the alt key on Windows.
If I want to quickly return back to warping, I can either use my contact sensitive menus. Which is a right mouse click on Windows, or a Control click on Mac. And choose Warp. Or you'll notice that there's an icon right up here. It will toggle me back into warp. I can also just click to move the image around, or if we choose custom from the top of the menu, now I can go in and actually free form and warp this. Luckily for me Command z or Control Z will undo the last warp and we can get back to something that looks a little bit better.
When I'm ready to apply this transformation all I need to do is tap the Enter or Return key, or I can click on the checkmark... And of course the benefit of applying this warp to the smart object is that if I decide at any point in time that I want to remove that, all I need to do is select edit, and then transform, warp, and I can just change my preset to none, and it would remove that warp. I'll tap the Enter or Return key or click the checkmark and I'll remove that warp with absoultely no loss of quality.
For me smart objects are such an excellent way to give myself permission to experiment with my images without worrying about any loss of quality while compositing.
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