transition between tones. The only exception is when using different color gradi ents.

Experiment with different values and tries to find out how and why this tr ick works. CLOUDS WITH AUTOMATIC REPEAT If you like using the Clouds filter, thi s will be very useful. When creating new images that are multiples of 128 pixels , as 256, 512, etc. Clouds filter creates a perfect pattern for mosaic. This mea ns that if you fill an image with the mosaic pattern that is invisible, you will not transition between each repetition. Try it! 1 .- Open a new file of 256X128 pixels (for ex.) 2 .- Apply the filter Render / Clouds 3 .- Select the entire i mage WODC (M) / Ctrl (W) + A and select the Edit menu / Set reason. 4 .- Now ope n the image (larger), choose Edit / Fill. In the "Content" dialog box, select Pa ttern. 3 REFERENCE FIGURE OR ANY PURPOSE CENTER A little trick to make life easier for the designer. It is sometimes difficult t o focus the objects or figures that are manipulated in an image. To do this easi ly and accurately create a new layer and draw with the Line Tool (N) and the val ue of thickness as small as possible, a cross in any part of the layer. 1 Select the entire layer content and press WODC (M) / Ctrl (W) + X followed by WO DC (M) / Ctrl (W) + V. This operation removes all copy and layer information and transfers it to the clipboard and then copied back to focusing on the informati on layer, characteristic of Photoshop to make any pasted from the Clipboard. Wit h this layer active and working in any other, now have a visual reference to the center of the image. To add more functionality when drawing or marking your sel ections, drag and pasting creates two guides perpendicular to the cross you just created. Now you can delete or leave it invisible layer for subsequent operatio ns. To make a selection centered, all you have to do is choose the desired tool, hold down the Options key (M) / Alt (W) and make the selection from the center outward. Align the center of the pointer in the center of the cross (the drawn o r formed by the guides) and draw the selection. Degradable Skip to apply the Gra dient tool (G) often appear abrupt jumps between the colors of the gradient. Onc e you have applied the gradient, do not deselect (if you worked with a selection .) Before applying the Add Noise filter with a value of 3 and Gaussian. So get s mooth QUICK SELECTIONS WODC Press (M) / Ctrl (W) + T Select all that exists in the cur rent layer and you're ready to be transformed. Pressing WODC + Options (M) / Ctr l + Alt (W) + T duplicate the current layer, select it and ready to be transform ed. This only works in a transparent layer with the Background layer. A known al ternative is WODC (M) / Ctrl (W) + click the layer. 4 IMAGE ENHANCEMENT Open an existing image. Create a new layer and change the blen ding mode to Overlay and opacity to 50%. Now you can use any color or just black / white paint over the image and highlight the parts that interest you. 5 Be especially careful about lights and shadows. Blurs a little freshly painted l ayer to improve the fade effect with the original layer. 2

FLASH CONTROLLED ⠢ To restrict the filter effect Interpret / Flash to a particul ar area, first use the Lasso (L) or the Elliptical Marquee (M) to create a selec tion around the area and apply a depth of at least 5-10 pixels Options + WODC (M ) / Ctrl + Alt (W) + D. He now applies the flash. Only affect the selected area gently merging with the rest of the image. 6 8 · PHOTOSHOP NEWSLETTER N º 26 To focus precisely the effect you can choose to apply a new coat, all black, wit h Trama blending mode and move the flash area with the exact point. Background c olor If you are working with flat colors and want to try different background co lors, change the background layer to Difference and Opacity values adjusted up a nd down. The background color change through a variety of colors and shades. If you use more than one layer to test, adjust blending modes so that these layers can see the lower layers. Try Multiply, Overlay, Screen or intense light. When y ou find the right color, click on the image with the eyedropper tool and get the background color in the color picker in the tool palette. 7 With arrow and select the arrows you can adjust the position of objects. This on ly happens if the object has been moved or if the active tool is the Move tool ( V).€If you use the arrows on an object that has never been moved, what is the s election will be adjusted, not the selected part of the image. 10 AUTOMATIC ADJUSTMENT OF THE CONTRAST OF AN IMAGE Each new version of Photoshop f eatures enhancements that facilitate tasks that were difficult in previous versi ons. In this case, Photoshop 5.5 provides the command "Auto Contrast" that autom atically adjusts the lights and shadows of an image. First, the command maps the pixels brighter and darker the image to a 99.5% white and 99.5% black. That 0.5 % prevents the possibility of maximizing the tonal range too. 8 TEXT IN AN IMAGE IMPORT PHOTOSHOP is a lie! True, true. Photoshop has a function for importing text into an image. However, we have a way to do it. Open a new d ocument. Select the Text tool and click on the image. Text dialog appears when t he application changes, a word processor, for example. Select all and copy to th e clipboard. Back to Photoshop and insert the copied text. If it is not very ele gant, but for now the only solution ... 11 Conversion to grayscale PERSONALIZED already know that a color image can be conv erted to grayscale using the command Image / Mode / Grayscale. However, this com mand is the crudest form of performing this operation. There are no controls to adjust the conversion and did not have any possibility of control over tonal set tings. Photoshop decides everything. To have more control over the conversion fr om color to gray is better to use the command Image / Adjust / Channel Mixer. Th e Channel Mixer allows you to create a monochrome version of a color image using a mixture of current color channels. Allows dynamically choose the percentage o f influence of each channel in the final image. To use the mixer, open a color i

mage, use the option Image / Adjust / Channel Mixer and select the Monochrome op tion. Then adjust the sliders until you are satisfied with the preview image. 9 FILTERS USING IN PHOTOSHOP ILLUSTRATOR Photoshop and Illustrator work so well to gether that even you can use Photoshop filters from Illustrator. However, since Illustrator is a vector-based program and Photoshop bitmap, you must first conve rt your Illustrator drawing to a bitmap graphic for Photoshop to apply the filte r. To convert or interpret your drawings Illustator, choose Object / Rake. In th e resulting dialog box, choose the target color model and resolution, and then a ccepts. At that point Illustrator converts the drawing into a bitmap graphic. No w you can apply a Photoshop filter. 12 13 DEALING WITH SEVERAL WINDOWS (Windows only) When you have several images open in Photoshop, along with palettes, toolbars, etc. confusion can reign. Instead of moving every image window here and there, let it be Photoshop who organize the w indows. For example, you can create a mosaic with all open image windows adjuste d to screen space, or stack them in cascade. To create a mosaic of windows using Window / Split. To stack the windows, Window / Cascade. PHOTOSHOP NEWSLETTER N º 26 * 9