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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
One of the things that we haven't talked about is the Free Transform's ability to warp an image. Because we are going to be using Free Transform, if I don't want this to be a destructive transformation, I should turn my layer into a smart object before I apply that transformation, just like we did in the last video. But in order to add something new, let's go ahead and select two layers on the Layers panel this time. So I'll click on one and then hold down the Command key and click on the second one.
Instead of making these each a smart object, I am going make them both a single smart object and that's going to allow me to apply the warp on both of these images as if they are one. So I'll choose layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object. You can see on the Layers panel instead of having two layers, I now have a single layer here, because Photoshop thinks this is a single layer even though it's a smart object of two layers.
When I apply the Edit menu, Transform and I select the Warp; we can see that both of these layers will warp together. Obviously, we can do a free form warp here by just clicking and dragging anywhere in the image or we can select from the presets here in the options bar. So for example if I wanted to add a little arch to this, I could do so. If I wanted to come down and add a flag, and then if I want to change any of the attributes of the flag, for example, maybe the bend, I can use my scrubby sliders and just click and drag to the left in order to decrease the amount of the bend.
Or I can just click in a numeric value; say for example, 5 or maybe 10 if I wanted it to be a little bit more of a bend. When I tap the Enter key or the Return key to apply that transformation, we can see that it's nondestructive, meaning that if I wanted to undo that, I would still have all of the resolution in the file. In fact, I could come in and transform this just with Free Transform and make it smaller, and then again, free transform it again, and make it larger and still not lose any image quality.
So, the Warp, because it's part of Free Transform as long as you turn your layer or layers into a smart object, before you apply it, it's always nondestructive. And in fact, if we didn't like the warp at this point, we could return back to the Edit menu, come back to Warp and then simply remove it by taking off the bend by setting it to 0, and we'll be right back where we started with absolutely no loss of quality to our images.
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