Learn about how to place and transform images into a Photoshop file.
- [Instructor] So here we are back in our main file and what we're going to do in this exercise is we're going to bring in a couple of other images as assets. You can bring in other things such as Illustrator files and so on, there's quite a few things you can bring in actually but we're just going to stick to images for this. Let's make our way up to the file menu and you'll see there are two place commands here. Place embedded which goes to another file and brings all of it's data into this file or place linked which we'll be using this time around which actually creates just an additional kind of placed copy in here.
And we can do things to change it's appearance but we can't change any of the actual pixels. And it's a very very clever way to work if you're trying to keep maximum edit ability. So we'll chose that command and make our way out to the exercise files for chapter five and bring in blueMountains.psd. If we double click on that that will come in like so. It has a transformation frame around it and of course we'd want to keep it's proportions, we don't want any distortion.
Now you can go to one of the corner handles, like so and holding down the shift key to keep proportions change the size like that. But there's another way that you can work with this as well. If I just undo what I did there, command Z, control Z on the PC. Come up to the control strip at the top here and click this link to maintain the aspect ratio you can then use what I like to call stapler accident finger. If you go over the H character there for height you'll see the cursor changes to a finger with arrows projecting from it.
What that means is if you mouse down and drag in the directions indicated you can change the associated value. So my mouse button is down and I'm just dragging to the right here, doing it very slowly and you'll see that it's increasing the size of that image. And I'm actually going to go quite big on this. So I'm going to go up to about 85%, there you go, 84.30%, that's of the original file size by the way not the size in here.
I'm then going to drag this down like so and I think I went a bit over board there actually so I'm going to just scale that down slightly again so go to 79.3, just there, I'm hitting all the .3's. And just down just a shade further, let's have a look. That's about exactly where I want it really. Around about the 77 mark just there. And once you're happy you've got a few different options for how you commit this. You can click the tick at the top, you can hit return on your keyboard or enter, or you can double click inside the transformation frame.
Excellent, we're going to place one more file. So if we go up to the file menu and this time we'll chose to place another liked asset. So if we go placed link and we'll bring in backpack.jpeg from there. So if we bring that in. That comes again with it's own transformation handles but we're going to leave that as it is at the moment. Just double click in there and we'll catch up in the next movie where we're going to make a simple selection based on color.
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