0 Click the Preview Cutout tool. ! Click

April 5th, 2009

0 Click the Preview Cutout tool. ! Click and drag over an area to preview the cutout in the selected area. 00 @@ ## !! $$ The Preview window shows the cutout subject on a green screen. @ Click here to create the cutout. l A progress bar appears as Fluid Mask replaces the background with the preview color in the color box. # Click File. $ Click Save and Apply. Vertus Fluid Mask removes the background and leaves the extracted foreground on a transparent layer in Photoshop. 223Chapter 10: Plugging into Photoshop CS3 Did You Know? You can click the Zoom tool and click in the image to enlarge delicate edge areas. Then paint with the Delete Exact brushes and double-click the Hand tool to return to the full view. You can also use the Blend Exact brush, the fourth brush down, to paint over areas with complex edges such as hair to further refine the selection. More Options! You can create an alpha mask in Photoshop from the transparency layer. Press +click (Ctrl+click) the extracted layer thumbnail in the Layers palette to select it. Click Layer . Save Selection. Give the layer a name in the dialog box and click OK. The layer is saved as a new alpha channel so that you can reselect it quickly later.

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Easily SELECT THE SUBJECT AND REMOVE THE BACKGROUND

April 5th, 2009

Easily SELECT THE SUBJECT AND REMOVE THE BACKGROUND with Vertus Fluid Mask Making selections so that you can cut out or replace backgrounds in Photoshop can be difficult and is often incomplete, especially when selecting hair or trees. You can make selections or masks more effectively with a new tool from Vertus Tech called Fluid Mask. This plug-in uses highly advanced technology that mimics the way the eye and brain look at objects. Fluid Mask 3 automatically detects edges in the image and outlines them in blue. Depending on the complexity of your photo, you can increase or reduce the number of objects Fluid Mask outlines by increasing or decreasing the edge sensitivity. You paint over the objects to be removed with the Delete brushes and can preview your work using the Test Render tool. Vertus Fluid Mask 3 is the most advanced tool for masking. You can even find easy-to-follow tutorials and samples online at www.vertustech.com. 22 44 77 66 66 99 55 88 33 11 222 1 Click and drag the Background layer over the New Layer button to duplicate it. 2 Click Filter. 3 Click Vertus. 4 Click Fluid Mask. The Fluid Mask dialog box fills the screen, and Fluid Mask automatically outlines objects in the photo. 5 Click here to select the Delete Local brush. 6 Click and drag in the image over areas to remove. The areas turn red. 7 Click and drag here to adjust the brush size. 8 Click here to select the Delete Exact brush. 9 Click and drag to paint over detailed areas to be removed.

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9 Repeat steps 6 to 8 to set

April 4th, 2009

9 Repeat steps 6 to 8 to set all the colors to be used. 0 Click the Eraser tool. ! Click and drag to correct any stray marks. 99 99 @@ !! ## $$ 99 00 %% @ Click the Run button to see a preliminary colorization. l AKVIS determines the blends, and the colorized image appears in the After tab. # Click the Before tab and repeat steps 6 to 11 to change any colors as needed. $ Click the Run button again to view the corrections. % Click the Apply button. The final colorization is applied to the image. Note: If the colors are too vibrant in the Background copy layer, lower the opacity of the layer slightly. 221Chapter 10: Plugging into Photoshop CS3 Did You Know? If you want to change one particular color in a color image and not alter the rest of the colors, use the Pencil tool and draw on the object. Then use the Keep-Color Pencil tool and draw a closed outline around the object. Try This! When you colorize a black-and-white photograph, select the less saturated colors in the Colors palette to make the colorization appear more natural. The less saturated colors are at the bottom of the palette. More Options! You can save the color strokes so that you can edit colors later or to vary different colorization schemes. Click the Save button after drawing all the strokes but before applying them and closing the dialog box.

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COLORIZE A BLACK-AND-WHITE photo with AKVIS Coloriage

April 4th, 2009

COLORIZE A BLACK-AND-WHITE photo with AKVIS Coloriage You can add color to a grayscale photo in Photoshop using adjustment layers, masks, and brushes; however, the Coloriage plug-in from AKVIS makes colorizing a black-and-white photograph quick and automatic. You can even use Coloriage to replace the colors in a color image. You can quickly add color to a variety of images from antique photos to hand- drawn sketches and cartoons and still maintain a very natural look. You can colorize an image with Coloriage by clicking different colors from the Colors palette or Library and painting the colors over the areas with loose brush strokes. When you press the green forward button, the software determines the borders of the various colored areas and applies the color based on the grayscale values. Your image must be in RGB mode. Click Image and Mode from the menu and click RGB. Then select AKVIS Coloriage from the Photoshop filters. You can select the colors from the Colors palette or use the Color Library for difficult colors such as skin, hair, and lips. You can find Coloriage along with other AKVIS filters at http://akvis.com. 22 44 88 33 66 55 11 77 Photo 2007 www.photospin.com 220 1 Click and drag the background layer over the New Layer button to duplicate it. 2 Click Filter. 3 Click AKVIS. 4 Click Coloriage. The Coloriage dialog box appears, displaying your image at 100% in the Preview window. 5 Click here and drag to reduce or enlarge your preview. 6 Click here to select the first color, depending on the area. 7 Click here and drag to select the Pencil tool size to draw in the image. 8 Click and drag to draw in the image with the first color.

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l The filter is applied to a new

April 3rd, 2009

l The filter is applied to a new layer named Pen and Ink. CHANGE THE LOOK BY ADDING OTHER FILTERS 0 Click the Background !! @@!! $$ && ## !! 00 %% ^^ copy layer to select it. ! Repeat steps 2 to 9 but instead select Color Pencil in step 4. The filter is applied to a new layer named Color Pencil. @ Repeat step 10. # Repeat steps 2 to 9 again but instead select Oil Paint in step 4. l The filter is applied to a new layer named Oil Paint. $ Click the Pen and Ink Layer to select it. % Click here and select Overlay. ^ Click here and drag to slightly reduce the opacity. & Click the Color Pencil layer to select it. * Repeat steps 15 and 16. You can click and drag one snap art layer above or below another to change the effect. The final image now looks like an original piece of art rather than a photograph. 219Chapter 10: Plugging into Photoshop CS3 Did You Know? Snap Art uses edge detection to outline the objects in the photo. It uses this outline to place the natural media strokes and fills areas with colors. Snap Art uses an advanced paint engine to transform your photo into an artistic composition, preserving enough detail while giving the piece a loose and artistic appearance. Try This! Each filter in Snap Art has many sliders and options. Move a slider to try a different look. To undo a change, press +Z (Ctrl+Z) or to redo the change, press +Y (Ctrl+Y). You can return to the default settings anytime by clicking Factory Default or pressing +R (F5) to reset the filters back to the factory defaults.

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CHANGE YOUR PHOTO INTO ART with Alien

April 3rd, 2009

CHANGE YOUR PHOTO INTO ART with Alien Skin Snap Art Turning a photograph into a fine art piece such as an oil painting or a pencil sketch using Photoshop s actions and brushes can be a lot of fun. It can also be time-consuming. You can instead use Alien Skin Software s new Snap Art plug-in to transform photos into natural media art with just a few clicks. You can start with the factory settings to make your photo appear hand-painted or drawn or change any setting to create your own effects. The Snap Art dialog box includes a large Preview window and even several split screen previews so that you can see the effects on your photo as you apply them. Many of the settings include texture and lighting controls to give your project the look of realistic art. You can experiment with Snap Art for almost limitless variations. You can even combine effects on separate layers for a completely different art style. You will find many other powerful plug-ins at www.alienskin.com. 22 88 55 66 33 11 99 44 77 218 CREATE A PEN-AND-INK DRAWING 1 Click and drag the Background layer over the New Layer button to duplicate it. 2 Click Filter. 3 Click Alien Skin Snap Art. 4 Click Pen and Ink. The Alien Skin Snap Art Pen and Ink dialog box appears. 5 Click and drag the red box over the main subject. 6 Click here and select a preview split. 7 Click here to apply the filter to a separate layer. 8 Click and drag any of the sliders to adjust the look. A progress bar appears briefly, and the large preview image displays the results. 9 Click OK.

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A progress bar on the bottom appears briefly,

April 2nd, 2009

A progress bar on the bottom appears briefly, and the large preview image displays the results. 0 Click and drag the red box over the main 00 !! @@ ## subject. ! Click and drag the Sharpen Amount slider while watching the large preview to sharpen any softened edges. @ Click and drag the Add Grain slider to reduce any artificial smoothness. # Click OK. BlowUp enlarges a duplicate of the image and assigns the same name as the original but with the word copy. 217Chapter 10: Plugging into Photoshop CS3 Did You Know? Enlarging images always softens edges. Alien Skin s BlowUp includes a Sharpen Amount slider for the most effective method of sharpening an enlarged image and does not create additional artifacts. Attention! BlowUp s Sharpen slider only sharpens edges when a photo has been enlarged. Use Photoshop s Sharpen filters to sharpen the original image before enlarging. Always use BlowUp s Sharpen Amount slider carefully to avoid making the photo appear too smooth. More Options! You can use BlowUp s Add Grain slider to visually restore overly smooth details by applying artificial film grain. For extreme enlargements, however, you may need to use a more powerful tool, such as Alien Skin s Exposure to add the correct amount of grain.

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ENLARGE IMAGES with maximum quality with Alien Skin

April 2nd, 2009

ENLARGE IMAGES with maximum quality with Alien Skin BlowUp When you change the image size in Photoshop, you select an interpolation method such as Bicubic Smoother or Bicubic Sharper for resampling the pixels. Although Photoshop s algorithms are good, resampled images lose image quality, most noticeably when enlarged. Alien Skin s BlowUp plug- in enlarges images using a different, more advanced interpolation method. You can use BlowUp to enlarge your photos while preserving the highest quality in your image and avoiding the stairstep, or halo, and fringe artifacts that appear with other enlargements. You can enlarge 8-, 16-, and 32-bit RGB images as well as CMYK files, making this plug-in perfect for amateur and professional photographers as well as graphic designers. Alien Skin s BlowUp is an automation tool. Because most of the resizing controls in BlowUp look just like Photoshop s Image Size dialog box, using BlowUp is very easy. In addition, not only does BlowUp let you automatically create a duplicate of the image before resizing, but it also adds more power and control with the photo grain and sharpening controls. 22 88 99 55 44 33 66 77 216 1 Open the photo to enlarge. 2 Click File. 3 Click Automate. 4 Click Alien Skin Blow Up. The Alien Skin Blow Up dialog box appears, showing the current dimensions and image size. 5 Click the red box and drag over the main subject. 6 Click here to constrain the proportions of the original image. 7 Click here to resize a copy of the image, leaving the original file untouched. 8 Click in the Width data field and type the width that you want. 9 Click in the Resolution data field and type the resolution that you want.

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0 Click a Screens style. ! Click a

April 1st, 2009

0 Click a Screens style. ! Click a subset style. The preview changes. @ Click and drag the Threshold slider to Click a Screens style. ! Click a subset style. The preview changes. @ Click and drag the Threshold slider to !! @@ 00 $$ ## make the lines finer or more coarse. # Click in the More or Less boxes to increase or decrease the effect. $ Click OK. The Screens filter applies an engraved look to the image. l You can click here and select Overlay to make the color image appear through the engraving, changing the look of the final image. 215Chapter 10: Plugging into Photoshop CS3 Did You Know? Clicking Expert changes the Screens dialog box and opens more controls. You can increase the amount of unsharp mask to enhance the final results. You can select how the patterns and screens interact. Selecting the Sync option enables you to preview the same areas in the thumbnails of the Input and Output images as you zoom. Try This! Click the More or Less thumbnails for the threshold in the filter to increase or reduce the darkness of the lines. If the Threshold slider is set to Fine, clicking the thumbnails changes the threshold by lower amounts each time that you click. Setting the Threshold slider to Coarse causes the changes to vary by greater numbers with each click.

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MAKE A DIGITAL ENGRAVING with Andromeda s Screens

April 1st, 2009

MAKE A DIGITAL ENGRAVING with Andromeda s Screens filter Andromeda Software makes a number of Photoshop plug-ins to help you create a variety of high-quality engraved, etched, or screened effects from any image quickly and easily. Andromeda s filters do all the work. Using Andromeda s Screens plug-in on a grayscale photo, you can select from a variety of different line art screens to turn your photo into a mezzotint or other form of line art. You can select a screening preset from a varied menu. Then using the Threshold slider, you can increase or decrease the amount from fine to coarse. You can select the number of lines per inch and view a continuous update in a Preview window. You can even apply the effects to the entire image or just to a selection. You can also duplicate the Background layer of a colored image, change the duplicate layer to a grayscale image, and apply the Screens filter to the duplicated layer. You can then get a totally different result by setting the layer blend mode to Overlay. The color from the original image in the layer underneath shows through for a unique effect. 33 77 99 88 5544 11 66 Photo 2007 www.photospin.com 214 1 Click and drag the Background layer over the New Layer button to duplicate it. 2 If you are using a color image, convert the duplicated layer to a grayscale image as in Task #49. 3 Click Filter. 4 Click Andromeda. 5 Click Screens. The Screens dialog box appears. 6 Click Sync to match the Input and Output image windows. 7 Press +click (Ctrl+Click) and drag in the Preview window to move the thumbnail box. 8 Hover the mouse over the Preview window and click to magnify the views. 9 Click here.

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