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Chapter 13. Keeping Up Appearances: Tech... > Adding New Elements - Pg. 429

Keeping Up Appearances: Techniques for Retouching Images 6. 429 The Brush tool should still be the active tool. On the Options bar, choose a hard round 3-pixel brush (Brush Mode should still be set at Normal with 100% for Opacity and Flow). Press Ctrl( )+ the plus key to zoom in close enough to see the vines that wrap around the house bricks (around 200­300% zoom level will work well). Use the small hard brush to paint over the vines on the house. Hold down the spacebar to toggle to the Hand tool when you need to scroll to a different area as you work. This job may seem rather tedious, and the effect won't be obvious at first, but be assured that completing this step is worth taking the time and the trouble. It lays a good foundation for the vines and prepares the image for the elements you will be adding later. 7. Press Ctrl( )+S to save your work. Keep the image and Photoshop open. When you're finished with this painting part of the project, grab some refreshment. After all, hand painting all those vines was hard work, and you deserve a break. Now that the basic foundation of the image is complete, the next steps will involve adding the various spring elements. Oh, what fun it is to play virtual landscaper! Insider If you prefer not to take the time to paint in all the vines, a file has been provided for your convenience with all the hard work already done for you. Open vines.psd from the Examples\Chap13 folder on the companion CD. On the Layers palette, the Painted Vines layer is the one you will concentrate on. Don't worry about the Vines layer at this point (which is why it is hidden). Position both documents so that you can easily see each image window in the workspace. If necessary, press Ctrl( )+ the minus key to lower the zoom level for both docu- ments. Click the title bar of the vines.psd document so that this is the active document. Hold down the Shift key, and drag the Painted Vines layer from the Layers palette into the 219Burnet.psd document window. When you hold down the Shift key, the layer will center itself perfectly within the document window. If necessary, press V to switch to the Move tool, and use the arrow keys to fine-tune the positioning of this Painted Vines layer. Adding New Elements This part of our project is commonly referred to as photo compositing --basically, creating a new image using the elements from other images. We've included a large variety of image files on the companion CD for the photo compositing part of this assignment. All the elements have been in- cluded in the Examples\Chap13 folder. The necessary files have already been prepared for your immediate use. However, if you prefer to find and use your own elements, by all means, have fun and experiment. Adding Leaves to the Vines You're probably ready to start the real work. The Examples\Chap13 folder on the companion CD provides eight different vine files to choose from. Basically, you will be placing, scaling, and rotating these elements to fit along the major vines painted earlier in the chapter. Let's get started. Adding Some Spring to the Vines 1. The 219Burnet.psd document should still be active in your workspace. On the Layers palette, click the arrow in the upper-right corner, and choose New Layer Set from the context menu. In the New Layer Set dialog box, type Vines for the name and click on OK (see Figure 13.16).