GrfxDziner 12:36am, 11 August 2009
The photographer had wanted some hlep bring out the wonderful details in the shot of a house...

Here is a link to the original from Bun T. Pein Technology & Photography:
St Thomas Home by Bun T. Pein Photography


after from GrfxDziner:
St. Thomas Home 2

You want to duplicate the backgraound layer,
then select the Polygonal Lasso Tool...

houseScreen1
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Once you have made the entire selection around the perimeter of the house, you need to subtract the inside gutter portion and also the back porch overhang. You can use the shortcut keys described in lesson 2B, or click the third option block for the tool...

houseScreen2

Everything you select now will be subtracted from your initial perimeter selection.
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Now we want to "Save the Selection". This will ensure that we will not have to redo this work. Also note that the selections will only be saved in a .psd file. Refer to Lesson 1 for how to save the files if you are unsure. I usually name the selection "edge"...

houseScreen3
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Once you have the selection all saved, now copy it, and paste to a new layer. I added some contrast and played with the levels some to get the color to pop more. Also, with it isolated on its own layer, it is easy to add a new sky. Have the sky sandwiched between the old house pic, and the new portion that is on its own layer. Have the Sky layer applied as "Multiply" blending mode, so it blends in with the existing background...

houseScreen4
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Save your .psd file...then flatten your image, and save it as a .jpg file. This will preserve your layer work and selections. Once the image is flattened, you may want to take out the lens distortion that makes the sides of the building converge, and not be vertical anymore. This is easy to do with the "Distort" portion of the transform function, Less 3 has all the details on this if you need any help with it...

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Click nd drag out two guidelines from the left ruler, and have them set for the bottom point of the left and right corners of the house foundation.
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Once you have selected all, and the bounding box appears for the "Distort" function, simply pull out on the top two corners untill the verticals line up with the guidelines....

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Thank you again ben for letting me work on your wonderful photo, and I hope it helps you out some. Here are links to some of my tutorials that are used in this process...

Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool:
Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool fenetres2

Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool Lesson 2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool

Examples | Lesson2B • flickr.com


Automatic Download of 5-Page tutorial in .PDF format:
Lesson2B: the Polygonal Lasso Tool | PDF file • GrfxDziner.com
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Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques:
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Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson3A: Distortion Techniques

Examples | Lesson3A • flickr.com

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Lesson3A: Distortion Techniques | PDF file • GrfxDziner.com
wow, that is amazing!!!
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