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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Alright, it's time to switch projects. This time around we're going to create an ad composition using these two image files. One is called ManlySaw image.jpg and the other is called Ad composite.psd. They are both found inside the 08_Selections folder. We're going to be using the Lasso tools as well as the Quick Selection tool, and the Magic Wand in order to select this Manly Saw and its manly hand and move them into this ad composition. We're going to do a pretty seamless job of it as well.
Now, I should mention that this grunge metal background comes to us from Catherine Jones of the Fotolia Image Library. If you turn off the effects, you can see what her original image looks like. I've gone ahead and thrown on a color overlay just to infuse it with a little bit of sort of ghoulish green there. The other image comes from me. I actually shot this image, not only did I shoot it, I shot it without a tripod. I'm shooting my own hand, which may make you wonder how in the world I would pull off such a feat? I mean, this is obviously my left hand.
So I'm using my right hand to press the shutter-release. So how did I project my left hand that far forward into space? Am I some kind of incredible robot? Well, let me show you what I actually did. I'm going to go up to the Image menu, I'll choose Image Rotation, and I'll choose 90 degrees CW. Notice by the way that I've given this command a keyboard shortcut, if you loaded dekeKeys, of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Right-bracket or Command+Shift+Option+Right-bracket because it is essentially a right rotation.
As soon as I do that, and zoom out, you get a clear idea of how I actually captured this photograph. I raised my hand high in the sky, leaned back, and then of course pressed the shutter-release using my right hand. So a lot of tricks out there and some of them are remarkably easy like this. Just shoot a vertical image, go to the Image menu, choose Image Rotation, and choose 90 degrees CCW, or if you've loaded dekeKeys, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Left-bracket, Command+Shift+Option+Left-bracket on the Mac, and all of a sudden you have an absolutely impossible image like this one here.
We are going to be selecting this impossible image in the next exercise.
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