This instructable is aimed to help people who are proficient in the basic functions of a computer. No previous skill in Photoshop is required, so those who have never been exposed to Photoshop will greatly benefit from this tutorial. Specifically, you are going to learn how to resize an image and super impose another image onto it.
Step 1: SETUP: Step 1
Open up Photoshop using the start menu. The program should be located under the folder “Graphics Software.” We have supplied a screenshot of our Photoshop configuration that labels the different tools you will be using.
Step 2: SETUP: Step 2
In the upper left hand corner, you will find the Menu Bar. Left click File, and a drop-down menu will present itself. Left click on New, which is the first item on the menu. A dialogue box will appear with different attributes you can alter.
Step 3: SETUP: STEP 3
You will find two columns in the dialogue box. The column on the left requires numerical input from the user. The column on the right has several drop-down menus that can change the dimensions from pixels to inches, to centimeters, etc. For this application we are changing the fields into :
Width: 8.5 Inches
Height: 11 Inches
Resolution: 300 Pixels/inch
• Once you have set the attributes as stated above, left click OK. A blank sheet (called the “Canvas”) will appear.
Step 4: SETUP: Step 4
• We will be using two pictures from two separate links. Copy and paste the link below into the URL box of your internet browser and copy the picture from the site.
http://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=3450039 (Picture A)
• Once the image is copied, return to Photoshop and left click on Edit in the menu bar (top left hand corner), scroll down and select Paste. You will see a small version of the picture you just copied. (NOTE: Once Picture A is added there is an addition to the “Layer Palette” in the bottom right hand corner of the screen)
• Copy the image from the link below and repeat process used for Picture A.
http://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=263890 (Picture B)
Step 5: SETUP: Status Check
You should now see Picture B layered on top of Picture A.
Step 6: RESIZING: Step 1
• Locate the layer palette in the lower right hand corner of the window. You will notice that layer 2 is highlighted in blue. On the layer 2 tab you will see an eyeball icon, which indicates layer visibility in your document.
• Left click the eyeball of layer 2. You will notice the image of layer 2 disappear.
• Left click layer 1 to highlight the tab. It should turn blue.
Step 7: RESIZING: Step 2
• Locate the vertical toolbar on the left-hand side of the window, referred to as the “Tool Box.” Left click the second icon down, which is a dotted box called Rectangular Marquee Tool.
*If you want to see the name of a tool. Simply hover over the icon and a little yellow box will appear, naming the tool.
Step 8: RESIZING: Step 3
• Left click the top left corner of layer 1 image (tiny Shamu) and drag the Rectangular Marque Tool to the bottom right corner, selecting the perimeter of the tiny Shamu picture.
• Right click the tiny Shamu image. A drop down menu should appear. Scroll down and select Free Transform. This will outline the image with eight small transform boxes/points.
* If you happen to make a mistake and accidentally select the wrong area or have not selected all of the tiny Shamu picture simply right click the selected area. A drop down menu will appear. Left click Deselect. You will then see the dotted perimeter disappear and you may continue to select the area you desired. (See step 4 to start this process over again.)
Step 9: RESIZING: Step 4
• At the top of the window, just below the Menu Bar, a horizontal menu of transform dimensions will appear. Locate the boxes labeled “W” and “H,” indicating width and height. You will see 100.00% in each box.
• Change percentage from 100.00% to 700.00% in both W and H boxes by clicking on the white areas. A cursor will appear, allowing you to edit the percentage using your keyboard.
• Once you have changed the percentage, the tiny Shamoo image transforms into a larger pixilated Shamu image.
Step 10: RESIZING: Step 5
• Return to the Tool Box on the left-hand side of the window. Left click the first icon, which appears as an arrow above a cross called the Move Tool.
• A window will appear asking “Apply the transformation?” Left click Apply. This should clear the pixels of the large Shamu image.
Step 11: RESIZING: Step 6
• Return to the Tool Box on the left-hand side of the window. Left click the second icon down, which is a dotted box called Rectangular Marquee Tool.
• Right click the Shamu image. A drop down menu will appear. Left click Deselect, which is the first option on the menu.
Step 12: RESIZING: Step 7
• Highlight layer 2 by clicking on the tab in the layer palette (lower right hand corner of the screen). It will turn blue. There is a blank box within the tab where the eyeball used to be. Left click the blank box and the eyeball will appear, as well as your previously hidden layer 2 image.
Step 13: RESIZING: Status Check
You should now see a larger Shamu image with a small teddy bear image on top of it.
Step 14: SUPER IMPOSITION: Step 1
• In the Tool Box, right click the icon that is the fourth icon from the top, called the Quick Selection Tool. It is a paint brush with a dotted circle around its tip. When you right click the icon, a dropdown menu will appear. Left click the Magic Wand Tool, the second option in the menu.
• Left click the white area around the teddy bear once. All of the white portions should be highlighted with a dotted outline.
• On your keyboard, press the delete button. The white area vanishes. You will see that only the teddy bear remains with the water behind him.
*The Magic Wand selects all of one tone of color…….if the back ground were more complex, you would have to select multiple areas. This can become hard if two colors are similar in shade. For example, deleting the snowy background that is behind a man in a white coat would take many smaller selections with the Magic Wand Tool.
Step 15: SUPER IMPOSITION: Step 2
• Right click inside the dotted selected area, another drop down menu appears and left click Select Inverse.
• Then select the Move Tool (the arrow with the cross) in the tool box and left click and drag the teddy bear any where on the canvas. This will select the area around the teddy bear.
Step 16: SUPER IMPOSITION: Step 3
• Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool, the second tool in the Tool Box. Right click the teddy bear. A drop down menu will appear. Left click Free Transform. At the top of the window, just below the Menu Bar, a horizontal menu of transform dimensions will appear.
• There is a box with an angle triangle next to it at the top of the window under the Menu Bar, which is called the “Set rotation” box. Left click inside of it and change it from 0.00 degrees to -10.00 degrees. You should see the teddy bear automatically rotate to this angle.
Step 17: SUPER IMPOSITION: Step 4
• In the Tool Box (left hand side of the screen) select the Move Tool, the first tool at the top. A dialogue box will appear asking “Apply the Transformation?” Left click Apply.
Step 18: SUPER IMPOSITION: Step 5
• Left click the Rectangular Marquee Tool the dotted box (second tool) in the Tool Box. Right click inside the teddy bear and the drop down menu will appear. Left click Deselect.
• In the Tool Box, left click the Move Tool (first tool in the toolbox). Left click the teddy bear image, but do not release your finger from the click, allowing you to hold the teddy bear. Still holding, drag the teddy bear to the whale’s right fin.
Step 19: CONGRATULATIONS!
If you have done everything correctly, then you have made Shamu hold a teddy bear!
Step 20: Video
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