Cloudman Tutorial

For Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and later.

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Before you start please read this. GO SLOW and follow this tutorial and all books carefully. Learning Photoshop does not come over night. The more time that you spend in playing with Photoshop you will understand it more.

Seriously play and you will be rewarded.

The following is geared for Mac users. Window users simply use Control keys when the Command Key is called for and use the ALT key when the Option key is mentioned.

For personal use only. All images are copyrighted by Tony Hertz 2003.

1. Open the clouds image to work with. To create the drip box, first choose the rectangular tool and draw a square while holding the shift key to constrain it. If desired, move the selection to another location while dragging inside the selection with the mouse. In the layers dialog box choose Make Layer. Name it and press OK. Select the Default colors in the Toolbox to make it Black and White. Go to the Gradient Tool and choose Radial and Dither. Choose foreground to background for style.Keep dragging the cursor inside the selection area until an even gradient is obtained. Go to the Menu and Filter>Distort>Twirl. Choose the maximum of 999 and press OK. Next, press Command > F a couple more times or so to give the Twirl filter a few more passes on the image. If it doenÕt look like the way you want then start over with the gradient and make it a little off-center until the desired effect is obtained. Select Filter>Stylize>Emboss and about 4 pixels and a high value of about 400%. Next, Choose Filter>Distort>Twirl again but lower the amount to get an even effect. Save and name the image.
2. Select Edit>Transform>Perspective and grab one of the lower box handles on the corner of the image area and pull out and up to make the effect of the box on the surface. If desired, it may look good to go to Edit >Transform>Distort and then bring the bottom middle handle up to give a better perspective. When the effect looks good, put the cursor inside the outline area and double-click or press return. Save the image.
3. To clean up the edges, first make the layer active by clicking in it. A black line will border the layer icon. Choose the clone tool with Aligned checked. In order not to clone over the rest of the image check Preserve Transparency in the layers palette also. Use a small brush set at 100% to outline the outside edges of the drip box. Work at a 6:1 zoom ratio or more and with a small brush will help to be precise. Afterwards, go to Image>Adjust>Levels and lighten the image for preference. Save the work.
4.If you downloaded the Splash.PNG file then you already have the splash selection. Simply choose Select>Load Selection to get it and then drag and drop it onto the Clouds image with the Move tool. As another option, you can Copy and Paste the Splash into the Clouds if you like. If you downloaded the Splash.JPG then you will need to select it yourself. To obtain an effective splash selection the Quick Mask is used at a high zoom degree. After doing the detail work it is a good idea to save the selection and the file. Copy and then paste the splash into the landscape and then apply an Unsharp Mask filter to sharpen the image. (select Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask) This is especially useful after pasting an image to improve quality.

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