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Chapter 15. Collage > Applying Filters

Applying Filters

When you drag a large image into a smaller document, you'll need to scale down the image by pressing Command-T (Mac) or Ctrl-T (Windows). Because the image you are scaling is much larger than the document to which it has been moved, you won't be able to see the corner handles needed to drag and resize the image. When that happens, just press Command-0 (Mac) or Ctrl-0 (Windows), and Photoshop will zoom out on the document until you can see the handles on each corner of the image. (That's a zero, not an “oh,” by the way.)

In Photoshop CS2, you can choose Preferences > General from the Photoshop menu (Mac) or Edit menu (Windows) and turn on the Resize Image During Paste/Place checkbox. That causes Photoshop to automatically scale a pasted image so that it's small enough to fit within the destination document.


After painting in a Layer Mask, you can enhance the result by applying filters to it (Figures 15.52 to 15.55). Choose Filter > Distort, and then select something like Ripple. Then, instead of having a really smooth transition, there will be some texture in it.


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