Photo Tools Weekly

– [Instructor] Hello and welcome to another episode of Photo Tools Weekly. In this week’s episode we’re going to take a look at how we can extend our canvas for design or layout purposes. We’re going to go through a bit of a real world scenario where I have this photograph that I captured and the whole idea with this photograph was to highlight the jewelry, yet the client needs more space around the subject so that they can add some typography and they also want the subject to be facing in a different direction. Well here we are inside of Lightroom.

I’ve already done some of my work using some of the settings in the Basic panel. Here you can see this is the before and then now, the after. Basically, warming it up and changing some exposure and contrast settings. The next thing I want to do is flip this horizontally and a really quick and easy way to do that is to right click or Control + Click on the image itself. That will then open up this contextual menu. If you go down to that Transform option right here, you have the option to flip this horizontally and what this will do is it will just flip the image horizontally and this way the client will like it a lot better because they need her to be facing in and there’s going to be some type over here.

Now there’s another little issue that I need to fix. The backdrop for this photograph was just this piece of white fabric with sun behind it and you can see that it sort of came up over here. The wind was blowing, so I need to fix that little corner and also add some more space. To do things like that we are headed to Photoshop. Photo, Edit In, and then choose Photoshop. This sends the image over to Photoshop for us so that we can begin some of our work there. Now when it comes to working on that little back lower corner of the image, one of the things that we need to do is to figure out how we can do this most quickly.

So there are a lot of different methods we could use, but what I want to do is show you one which will allow us to work really quickly. Now that we have the image opened inside of Photoshop what we need to do is to first work on this lower corner over here. Now one of the problems with this corner is that it’s on an edge where we have contrast and we need to figure out how we can fix this really quickly and one way that we can do that is with our Quick Select tool. Tap the W key and then we can make a selection of a good part of the image that we want to protect.

In this case, this garment right here. Then next we’re going to invert that selection. So go to Select and here we will choose Invert. So select whatever’s easiest. In this case, this was easy to select and then we just flipped that or inverted that. Next step is create a new layer and I’ll call this one R1 for retouching one. Grab my clone stamp tool. Clone stamp, we want to have a brush without much hardness and probably want a really big brush. Actually that size probably will work well.

100% opacity, that’s fine. And then just Option or Alt + Click and then we’re going to paint that same exact background that we have down over that area and make sure we don’t make any mistakes. Keep making a little mistake there. Option or Alt + Click to set my source area and that’s because that brush was so big. And then here we have a really nice detailed edge. In other ways that would’ve been super hard to do if we tried to do it just by eyein’ it or doing it by hand, but by making that selection it allowed us to really fix that little problem area.

Now if you have a problem area like that, you’re confident it’s a good and you’re ready to move on, what I like to do is merge down. The shortcut for merging down is Command + E on a Mac or Control + E on Windows and that way you won’t have too many layers in your layers stack and it keeps your file a little bit more organized. On the other hand if you’re a little bit worried that it may not be good enough or you may need to change it later you can always leave that there. Okay, well next we need to add some space as I mentioned before, they just need more white space, more layout space for this image.

So we’ll tap the C key for our crop tool. We’re going to go to Content Aware and because we have this really consistent background if I extend this out, which I know what they need. They need a little bit of space here. They actually need quite a bit above and quite a bit to the right. I’m go ahead and just bring that out like that and then press Enter or Return and because we have that consistent color in the background, what this is going to do is extend our crop. Then Photoshop’s going to work some of its magic and analyze the image and say, “Okay, it’s basically this brightness level.” “Gets a little bit darker” “down near the lower portion of the image” and it is going to rebuild or recreate that backdrop.

Alright, so there you have it. We can see that basically what that did is it gave more space and then this gives more space so that the client can then say Client Name and whatever they want to have here for this little ad. You can kind of see how this opened up a lot of space. Even though it is an up close portrait, I’m then going to be able to deliver them this file where we have this space where they can add some of their copy and whatnot. Of course they could even add more if they need, but sometimes making little changes like this can be really helpful if you really know the final intent for the image.

Obviously I wouldn’t have that type layer in it, but I would have the image laid out in this way. Alright, well that’s a wrap for this week. Thanks for joining me. Have a fantastic rest of your day and I will see you next time. Bye for now.

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