© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges


Packard Automobile Hood Ornament Canon D30, fine image setting F/2.8 28-70mm, ISO 1600, f/3.5 @ 1/100, 2046 x 1634 pixels, 8.4MB .tif, cropped and edited

Editing digital photos can often be a creative process requiring lots of experimentation. You try a few things. Then you back up one or more steps and try something different. Often that won't be what you want either; so, you want to back up to an even earlier step. Or, maybe you want to just go back and adjust settings. You may even go back and check out earlier steps and decide what you had was just fine, so you quit satisfied with your results. This back and forth process is a way of life for experienced Photoshop users.

I believe so much in creative exploration and the features that are available in Photoshop 7 to facilitate creative exploration, that this entire technique was created to both show you how and to give you practice in the magical Art of Back and Forth. In fact, we cover eight different ways you can undo, step back, change settings, and go forward in your edit process until your image is just the way you want it. Learn to use all these techniques and life with Photoshop 7 will be good.


■ Choose File ^ Open (Ctrl+O) to get the Open dialog box. Double-click the \04 folder to open it and then click the packard-before.tif file to select it. Click Open to open the file.

■ Before beginning any edits, open the History palette if it is not already on your desktop by choosing Window ^ History. Move it to the right edge of your workspace. As you edit the image, notice how the History palette tracks each step.


Conceptually, I have an idea about what to do to this image. It needs a better background with some kind of texture, richer colors, and I'd like to see the blue cast become more dramatic. My first idea is to create a new background layer and then find a good combination of a blur filter and layer blend mode. I'll warn you though — we are not going there straight away — rather we are going to do a few things to show Photoshop 7's features that help you do some serious creative experimentation. So, start this technique when you have twenty minutes or more and can concentrate — it will be worth the time you invest.

■ If the Layers palette is not open, choose Window ^ Layers. To create a new layer from the background layer, choose Layer ^ New >-Layer from Background to get the New Layer dialog box shown in Figure 4.3. Type textured background in the Name box and click OK.

The background layer is different from other layers in many ways — for one, it cannot be scaled without scaling the entire image. Therefore, because we are scaling the image, we use Layer ^ New ^ Layer

From Background, which transforms the background layer into an image layer.

■ We need one additional layer, so choose Layer >-Duplicate Layer. After the Duplicate Layer dialog box appears, type ornament in the As box and then click OK.You should now have two layers in the Layers palette, as shown in Figure 4.4.

After creating a duplicate layer, notice that the History palette is keeping a record of each command that you apply to the image. Each of these commands is called a history state. You should now have a history state named Make Layer and one named Duplicate Layer, as shown in Figure 4.5.



Now begin editing the textured background layer. To do so we first need to hide the ornament layer so that we can view the lower layer.

■ Using the Layers palette, click the Hide Layer icon (the eye icon) in the left column in the ornament layer to hide this layer.

■ Click the textured background layer to make it the active layer — it should now be highlighted.

To make the new background, we are going to scale the image, add some blur, adjust saturation, and then add noise.

■ To make it easy to scale the image, reduce the size of the image to 12.5% by using the Navigator. Double-click the packard-before.tif document window title bar to maximize it. You should now have a small version of the image in the middle of a large gray workspace.

Choose Edit ^ Transform ^ Scale to get a bounding box with nine handles. Press Shift and click the upper-left handle and drag it up and to the left. Pressing Shift while dragging the bounding box forces the proportions of the image to remain the same. The goal is to get an image that looks similar to the one shown in Figure 4.6. When you let up on the mouse button, you can click again inside the image and drag the image to position it. Depending on the size of your workspace, you may have to Shift click the upper-left handle and drag it up and to the left again to scale it properly. Then click and drag inside the image to position it until it looks like Figure 4.6 — and then press Enter.

■ Choose Filter ^ Blur ^ Radial Blur to get the Radial Blur dialog box shown in Figure 4.7.

Set Amount to 20 by typing in 20 or by sliding the slider until 20 is displayed. Make sure that Blur Method is set to Spin and that Quality is set to Draft, and then click OK to apply the settings.

■ To blend the two layers, click the ornament layer in the Layers palette to make it the active layer. Set the Blend mode in the Layers palette to Multiply.You should now see the ornament image overlaid onto the background texture layer.

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