Know How To Manipulate Existing Photos

3m 12s

In this course, Ramy Hanna will teach you a basic understanding of Photoshop, all the way to using advanced tools such as actions.

First, you will learn the basics of Photoshop starting with setting up various windows and gaining a basic understanding of the tools. Then, you will learn how to add additional elements and blend them into a rendering or photo seamlessly. Finally, you will learn how to manipulate existing photos, and how to remove or add elements with a photo.

When you are done with this course, you'll know how to significantly enhance the color and quality of any photograph, including architectural renderings. There are 2 parts to this course:

Part 1- Exterior Renderings in 3ds Max: You will learn how to take an exterior building model through all the important steps required to create a convincing photo-real rendering.

Part 2- Photoshop for Architectural Renderings: You will learn how to significantly enhance the color and quality of any photograph, including architectural renderings.

This next portion is editing existing photos. And for those that work at architecture firms, there are many instances, many times where you have to manipulate an existing photo. Whether it's a preexisting architectural photo, or whether it's just something in the office for marketing, I've been asked numerous times to fix things. And it can be anything from taking a person out of a rendering, to adding an extra column into a hallway space, it could be anything.

And so for this example I was going to show you a photo of our office, and something that we used here. And I will go ahead and open this in Photoshop. And it's perfectly fine rendering, but at one point we used this as a marketing piece. Someone had a loaf of bread sitting on the table, and they thought, well, let's see if we can remove the loaf of bread in the photo, and so it didn't distract from the photo itself. And so, I'm gonna show you just some very simple tools that we can use to manipulate a lot of these photos. And so the first thing I wanna do is see what can we do to get rid of this.

And I'm going to turn this into a regular layer, and first I'm going to do a polygon lasso. And I'm gonna do that to retain part of the image, I'm only going to select this portion here, and create a new layer. That way if I mess up, I can always go back to the original. Let's select this. Copy it, and going to paste it. And here we go. Now we have this portion of bread.

And, there are a couple of ways you could do this. In some cases you could take a portion of furniture that is existing and you could paint it on top. So for example, we do have an existing table here. We could use that and place it here. The only problem with doing that is because it's less pixel information, we would be stretching it. And so, that's not something that I recommend. Although you could try to do it, you'll end up with a pixelated portion of your space. And so we can try to do that here.

Before we scale it, let's change the opacity of it to 50%. An easy way to do that rather than changing it here, is we can hit five, and it makes it 50%. That's unit five on your number pad, it will do that. So let's see here. So now we can do this, and take this portion of this table, and we're basically, there we go. And you can see that our image is already getting pixelated.

That's because we choose a portion from a smaller piece. So, let's see how this works. Hit okay, then go back to 100%, hit zero, and we're back to 100%. Now you could see we're loosing imagine quality, if we'd start to mask this out, actually invert the mask, and just paint, you can see that we start to get all sorts of problems. One is the resolution of our imagine to the color, is not quite right.

And three, the perspective isn't right either. So this is a solution that wouldn't work.

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From the course:
Photoshop for Architectural Renderings

Level 1

Duration: 3h 26m

Author: Ramy Hanna