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Using Adobe Photoshop CS, Part 2

Adobe Photoshop CS comes with an amazing assortment of tools to help you edit your images. The latest version includes a wide range of features to make things easier, but how can you get the most out of it? In this second part of Chapter 5 from Mordy Golding's Adobe Creative Suite,(Sams, 2003, ISBN: 0672325918), you'll learn various ways to adjust your images, whether you're just trying to clean it up or want to try out some interesting effects.

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November 30, 2004
  1. · Using Adobe Photoshop CS, Part 2
  2. · Curves
  3. · Adjustment Layers
  4. · Dodge and Burn Tools
  5. · The Healing Brush
  6. · Blurring Images
  7. · Getting Rid of Dust and Scratches
  8. · Extract
  9. · Noise
  10. · Exporting Layers
  11. · Spot Colors
  12. · Saving and Printing

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Using Adobe Photoshop CS, Part 2 - Dodge and Burn Tools
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If you've ever spent time in a traditional darkroom before, you know that dodging is underexposing film, making it lighter, whereas burning film is overexposing it, making the image darker. Photoshop has both Dodge and Burn tools that let you "paint on" these kinds of effects. Simply choose the Dodge or Burn tool (see Figure 5.105), choose a brush size, and go to town.

Figure 5.105 Choosing the Burn tool from the toolbox.

Tip -While using the Burn tool, you can hold down the (Option) [Alt] key to temporarily access the Dodge tool. The same applies in the reverse.

Retouching Images

There are some people who make their living doing one thing only-retouching photographs. Although some tasks are complicated and require masterful re-creations of elements in a photo, many retouching jobs simply require getting rid of a few scratches or a stain. Others require removing a person from a photo. In either case, Photoshop has several tools you can use to assist in the task.

The Clone Stamp Tool

Probably the most popular retouching tool of all time, the Clone Stamp tool does what its name implies. You sample one area of your image and then paint with the tool elsewhere. As you paint, a clone of the area that you sampled is painted in the new location. For example, you could sample a single flower and then create many more of them in your photo (see Figure 5.106).

To use the Clone Stamp tool, select it from the toolbox (see Figure 5.107) and hover the mouse cursor over the area you want to sample. Press the (Option) [Alt] key and click once to sample the area. Now move your mouse pointer to hover over the area you want to paint on, and click and press the mouse to clone the area.

Figure 5.106 The original photo (left) and the retouched one.

Figure 5.107 Choosing the Clone Stamp tool from the toolbox.

Tip -You may want to work on a copied layer when doing retouching-this way you always have the original to go back to if necessary. To duplicate a layer, drag the layer to the New Layer icon in the Layers palette.

Besides being used to duplicate objects, the Clone Stamp tool is very useful for fixing up blemishes and stains, or for repairing parts of a photo-such as removing a telephone wire or removing a mole from a person's face. Just sample a clean area and clone it over the blemished area.

This chapter is from Adobe Creative Suite, by Mordy Golding (Sams, 2003, ISBN: 0672325918). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today. Buy this book now.

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