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Real World Puppet Warp Techniques using Photoshop CS5

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[♪upbeat music♪] [ADOBE® TV Presents] [♪♪] [Russell Preston Brown in...] [♪♪] [The Russell Brown Show] [♪♪] In this episode of The Russell Brown Show, I'm going to continue on with some thoughts about using the new Puppet Warp feature found in Photoshop CS5. We can all do the stupid demo where you move the puppet around, but how does this apply to real world projects? I'm going to take on two projects here, one where I'm going to do a little bit of adjustment to this photograph and another one where I'm going to use the Puppet Warp to realign a panorama. Let's start with this image right here. Okay. One of the things you need to know about Puppet Warp is its amazing capability of moving a single layered document. Check this out. "What does he mean by that?" I'm turning off the transparency and then I'm going to zoom in on this. I want you to see with this image, which was supplied by Fotolia images online, I want you to see the fact that yes, indeed, this is one layer, right? And these are just floating popcorn items on the same layer and the transparency between them. Typically, if you're using your Selection tools, you'd have to use the Selection tool on that layer and then you could move it around as a separate item and work on it. Check this out with the Puppet Warp Tool. Targeting the popcorn here, Edit and down to Puppet Warp. Check out what happens here. It's isolating each of the floating elements within this design. So if I put a pin in each one of these kernels of popcorn popping up here, I can then go into each one of them and move it separately. Wow. Not only that, I can move it separately and move it, of course, in front and behind. You can move any of your items and then change the pin depth to move that around. Keep in mind if you do do that, you need to set a pin in the popcorn box to define that shape's position within the stacking order. Just something to keep in mind when finessing things like this. That's the one thing I wanted to show you: the ability to move things separately like that. The other thing I wanted to show you here in this advanced session are modes. Check this out, the Distort mode right here. Normally, if you move something around, you can move it and stretch it and use the warping capabilities. But Distort. What does Distort do? If I place two points on this single piece of popcorn as you see here and then pull one from the other, I can scale it, and it's changing its size and distorting this piece of popcorn in a new way. Put a third point down and even get stranger distortions. Check this out. I can make the popcorn change into new popcorn shapes by adjusting this around like this. You know, let's go ahead and hide the mesh because we can't see this very clearly. Another great feature right here. Turn the mesh off. Then I can start to design my own popcorn kernels just like this. Now, what if I want to move it? Hold down the Shift key, and you can select all three points, and then you can move the three points around with distortion. Notice, though, it has a memory of where it originated from, and the farther you move it away from that memory location, the larger and more puffy it becomes. Really, really interesting stuff going on here. Multiple point selection, the Distort feature, and then finally, let's distort this over the box just like this and then let's go ahead and change its stacking order by pushing this back. Let's go ahead and target one of these and then push it back just like that. I had three selected. I need to select one and select its depth one point at a time and moving that back in this process. So you can see some really interesting control. Hit my Enter key, and then it resolves my popcorn in that position. You can see it had a lower resolution preview, and now it has adjusted this to the higher resolution settings after I hit my Enter key. So some great tips and techniques when working with a single layered document with the Puppet Warp and adjusting and designing. Here's another one. It might be a tad bit more practical. So here we have a project where I've stitched together a panorama of images. Notice in the process of stitching this together, it's warping the image. And we've always had this problem where it's not warping it correctly in the transition here. We want to go in and control this. Check this out. Again, it's on transparency. The Edit menu and down to Puppet Warp. So a large image. No puppets were used in this presentation. But we have the Puppet Warp feature. I want to go to More Points because I want more control. What I wanted to demonstrate is that I can place a control point on the top of each one of these areas where the distortion is off. I'm clicking right here at the top of the arch. This is what I want to point out. With that selected, I can use the arrow keys. This is unlike any other warping inside of Photoshop. You have lots of warping capabilities, but I target the point, arrow key it down until it lines up with the guide which I've drawn in, and I can bring in as many guides as I want here, clicking up here and dragging guides into my image. I just want to show you. Let's see if my alignment-- Let's turn off the mesh. That's confusing. Let's put another point here, use the arrow key. Check that out. Really nice way to move that distortion. And look, I can move the point to the right and start to align up the verticals and horizontals in this process. I just love the precision of this and going through and adjusting the horizon line with this process for a panorama. Hit my Enter key. It then processes that. We can see the before and after with the distortion. Really, really fantastic. This is really a practical use of the Puppet Warp Tool. So once again, readjusting and distorting your images with precision with the arrow keys and some design work combining a single layered document but making it behave as if it was on multiple layers. There you have it, a couple tips and techniques in advanced Puppet Warp features found here in Photoshop CS5. [♪upbeat music♪] [Executive Producer - Bob Donlon] [Producer - Karl Miller] [Director - Kush Amerasinghe] [Post Production - Erik Espera] [ADOBE® TV Productions -] [♪♪]

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Duration: 7 minutes and 33 seconds
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
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Views: 315
Posted by: adobetv on Oct 7, 2010

Join Russell Brown as he demonstrates Adobe Photoshop CS5's new Puppet Warp feature using two real world examples.

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