By Steve Caplin
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We can compress the image vertically, as well as horizontally. On the left is the original image, shrunk to around two thirds of its original height using Content Aware Scaling. Again, notice how the three main picture elements remain untouched. Above, we can see the image compressed to the smallest size it’s capable of occupying while leaving all the main elements intact. It’s a remarkable achievement: we’ve had to tell Photoshop nothing about the image content, as it works it all out for itself.
HOT TIP The key to making these techniques work is to get the perspective right when setting the scale and offset values for the initial cloning operation. There are usually clues in the picture: with the guard, the vanishing points are clearly shown by the eye line and the angles of the bottom rows of buttons on his jacket. 11 It can take a little By repeating the cloning experimentation to get the process a number of times, position and angles right. Here, an we’re able to build this spiral of flowers angle of 20° with a scale factor of 90% which disappears into the center of the gives us the effect we want.
Remember that you can also duplicate entire groups, which makes it easy to try out multiple variations. And if you’re going to transform multiple layers, make them into a Smart Object rather than merging them, so you can still edit the layers individually. 37 ■ Two views over this lawyer’s shoulder. The top image shows him holding a realistic sheet of paper; in the bottom picture, he’s holding a letter that appears unnaturally stiff, as if it has been pasted onto a sheet of card. Transforming the sheet was the work of just a few seconds, yet can make all the difference when creating a realistic montage.