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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Now if you have been following along with me, go ahead and undo that last modification in order to restore the original version of the Chair Up Clock here inside the chairupclock.psd file that's found inside the 16 Warp Liquify folder. And this time around we are going to see Photoshop's Warp function which allows you to apply an Envelope Style Distortion, in case you have ever heard of Envelope Style Distortions, that gives you a sense of what's coming. If you have never heard of that, don't worry about it, you will learn everything you need to know in just a few minutes here.
Now I still have selected several layers, everything from the face group up through and included the hands groups, so all of the layers that represent the clock, but when you have multiple layer selected even though you can go ahead and apply the Free Transform function, you can't access the Warp function. Very unfortunate in my opinion, but when multiple layers are selected, the Warp command here underneath the Transform sub menu is dimmed. Notice I should tell you that I have given you a special keyboard shortcut for the Warp function which is Ctrl+Shift+R, Command-Shift-R in the Mac assuming that you when had it loaded my D keys keyboard shortcut but it's not going to do you any good at this point, because we as I say have multiple layers selected.
So we need to go ahead and flatten those layers, merge them into a single layer. And go ahead do that now by going to the Layer menu and choosing the Merge Layers command or you can press Ctrl+E, Command-E on the Mac in order to merge those guys together and notice that all the layer styles go away they basically get mushed into this Merge layer. So the drop shadows that were formally assigned to the image now become actual real static pixels inside this new layer which is called Hands, no reason to call it that, why don't you go ahead and rename the layer Clock at this point.
Alright, now you can go to the Edit menu, you can choose Transform and you can choose the Warp command or you can take advantage of that keyboard shortcut, I was just telling you about, if you loaded my D Keys. Or there is another way to work and it gets you to the exact same place. You can go to the Free Transform command by pressing Ctrl+T or Command-T on the Mac and then you can go up to the Options bar, see this little icon right there that's next to the "no can't do cancel ghost busters" icon. This guy right here if you hover over it tells you that it allows you to switch between the Free Transform and Warp mode.
So go ahead and give it a click in order to turn on the Warp function and you get this Envelope Style Distortion boundary in which the transformation box is now divided into nine pieces, nine even pieces as you can see here. Now there is a couple of different ways to work. One way to work is you can choose the kind of Warp a preset that you want to apply for example you may say gosh I want to go ahead and arch this image. And as soon as you that Arch command it goes ahead and applies a predefined a preset arch function which you can then modify using these numerical values if you like.
So I will go ahead and select the bend value and I will reduce it by pressing Shift+down arrow to reduce that bend value in increments of 1% at a time, that's a function once again of pressing Shift+down arrow. You also have the option to increase, I will go ahead and scrub in this case just to make things happen little faster. I will go ahead and increase the horizontal dimensions of this distortion so that the image appears becoming toward us on the right hand side.
You can do something similar with the vertical distortion here. If I make the value bigger, I will make the bottom of the arch bigger, if I make the vertical value, the V value smaller I will make the top of the arch bigger, so it appears to becoming toward me at the top. Now that's one way to work as I say, another way to work is just to switch to this custom function right here. And I am going to clear things out by clicking on None actually in order to clear out my Warp function. And then I will change it to Custom, so that I can modify my Warp exactly the way I want to modify it or by the way you can start from something you can start from let's say an arch, I will go ahead and choose that this time, and this is pretty bent actually, but that's okay I kind of like it.
This is a good amount of bending at this point and I will use that as a starting point then choose Custom and now you have the option of modifying this envelop distortion on the fly by dragging either a corner handle like so, notice the effect that that has. Or I will go ahead and drag this corner handle out a little bit as well. You can drag one of these control handles, notice these little guys are kind of like levers that allow you to tug at the curvature of this boundary right here in order to bend it upward or bend it downward.
And then finally and you have got two of those, by the way you have got two of those control handles associated with each one of the four corner points or best of all you can just drag inside the image just drag directly inside the image in order to move that point around. So I am going to go ahead and drag the central portion of the clock upward both at the top and the bottom and I am going to drag the sides downward like so in order to create a fairly precipitous free form arch. Now at this point, let's say I want to rotate this clock a little bit.
Well all I have to do is switch out of Warp mode into the Standard Free Transform mode and I will do that by just clicking on this little icon here in order to switch out. The other thing you can do provided that you loaded my D Key shortcuts is you can press Ctrl+Shift+R in order to enter the Warp mode and then press Ctrl+T to exit that Warp mode and go back to the Free Transform mode. But the nice thing about this is Photoshop goes ahead and remembers your Warp settings and your Free Transform settings, at the same time it's keeping track of both these sets of settings as long as you stay inside of the larger Free Transform mode.
So in other words, you don't actually apply your destructive modification until you click this check mark or press the Enter or Return key. Alright now I am going to go ahead and drag outside of the transform boundary in order to rotate this clock into sort of a different angle right here and that gives a sort of a droopy clock appearance sort of that Salvador dolly look that we are going for with our high renaissance art. And now that I have rotated the image in the place, I am going to reenter the Warp mode and I am going to do that by pressing Ctrl+Shift+R, Command-Shift-R in the Mac because I have my D keys loaded but you could just as easily click on this little icon up here in the Options bar.
And I am going to move things around just a little bit more to make sure that everything is inside of the canvas, so that we can see this clock nicely here and it's turning it also into a kind of shield as well, notice that which I think is kind of nifty. And then once I am done, once I have applied the Warp to my liking, I will go ahead and press the Enter key on the PC here or the Return key on the Mac in order to instruct Photoshop to recalculate those pixels. So this is the modified version of the image I am going to tab away my palettes and switch to the Full Screen mode here, zoom in just a little bit so that we can see the modified version of the image.
This is the original version of the clock and this is the modified version of the clock. Thanks to the envelope style warp function here inside Photoshop.
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