Learning from the experts : Photoshop CS3

On Monday 26th May, i was invited by Anne from PPM Technology & Communications to the Photoshop CS3 2-hour workshop at Teras One Solution, Bangsar. I’m no photoshop experts. i just use what i know but I’m very happy to learn something absolutely new that i don’t try it before.

The instructor is Stephanie Wong, a Certified Expert and Instructor at Teras One Solution.  Among the invitees are Mixter from Mixter Studio and Brandon form IT-Sideways. the topics that she teach is Quick Selection, Smart Filters, Vanishing Point 2 and merging photos. I never knew there was a Vanishing Point 1 perhaps and that merging photos is not a typical merge. it’s very useful.

Quick Selection tool is a tool like the Magic Wand, just that it’s more clever, you just have to drag it. Well i think most of us know what is Magic Wand for. Quick Selection is for us to select the part of images. Oh another shortcut key that I’ve learnt, is the use of ‘ [ ‘ and ‘ ] ‘ to increase the brush size. Every pixel that you touch with Quick Selection tool, it will be selected.

Next is Smart Objects & Smart Filter. This is totally something new for me. If Stephanie didn’t teach this, im very sure im still using the old traditional method, do-see the results-not satisfied and do it again-thingy. So first is Smart Objects. It was introduced in Photoshop CS2. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondescontructive editing to the layer. Cut it short, it’s like the Movie Clip in Flash. here’s the tutorial for you at Photoshop Support.

As for smart filter, remember the days what we have to apply the filter, undo-it and then, re-apply the filter to suit our configurations? With Smart Filters, no need to go through complex process again. if it doesn’t suit your needs and you need some tweak, you just need to click at Smart Filter layer at Layer Panel. View the tutorial here at Photoshop Essentials.

Next is vanishing Point. All the time before this, I have to press ctrl or alt to control the ending points of the picture and to make it follow the perspective. vanishing points make it a lot easier. you define the 4 points of the plane/perspective area and then, tweak the point till it suits you. Again I was amazed. there was so many things i missing in using photoshop. I’m not an avid learner to seek for tutorials but I’ve just found this Vanishing Point tutorials for you to play with.

And lastly, Stephanie teach us how to merge photos. this is not a simple merge. This totally blown me away. With auto align layer, you just need to import your chosen picture, select the layers and then, click Edit>auto-align layers. After that, start masking it. Youtube demo here. In the same category, is a Photomerge tool. Now amateur photographers can say bye-bye to wide lenses. with your shaky hands, you still able to do great panoramic pictures of the places. here ‘s the tutorial for your at Photoshop Support.

Well that’s the new stuff i found out and at least i’m very lucky before CS4 will be published. Please make use of things that i share here. Practice makes perfect :)

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