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Chapter 8. Ad Libbing: Advertising Effects > Electronics Photo Background

Electronics Photo Background

You'll see this particular photo background used a lot in photos of electronic items like digital cameras, DV camcorders, cell phones, and things along those lines. The blue spotlight effect (created with a built-in preset in the Lighting Effects filter) works well for displaying high-tech gadgets, and the reflections and shadows you'll add really make it look like a studio job.

Quick Tip: Crop and straighten at the same time

When you're using the Crop tool, you can rotate your selected area before you crop by moving your cursor outside the bounding box that appears around your image where you dragged the Crop tool. You'll see that your cursor temporarily changes into a double-headed arrow, which enables you to freely rotate your object. When it's rotated just the way you like it, you have two choices: Double-click inside the bounding box or press Return (PC: Enter) to make the rotation permanent. If you're using the Crop tool and you decide that you don't want to crop the image after all, click once on the Crop tool icon in the Toolbox. A dialog box will appear giving you the option to Crop or Don't Crop.



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