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I’ve knocked the background opacity right back so we can see what’s going on more clearly. Q and shrink the poster down so that all four corners of the site are visible. It doesn’t matter that it’s too small! Now drag the remaining two corners into place. The job is slightly complicated by the fact that we can’t see the bottom right corner — it’s obscured by the box on the front of the theater. But we can work out where that point should go by watching how the perspective distorts the poster. By the end of the previous step the posters may have fitted the space, but they didn’t look convincing: we couldn’t see any shading or texturing.

Produces a nonsymmetric, freeform distortion, which is exactly what we want here. We can now drag the second corner into place at the top right of this hoarding. Don’t click inside the Free Transform area yet! 6 8 9 As described on the previous page, we need a combination of Warps now: first Arch, to get the basic curve, and then switch to Custom for fine tuning. Here are the two posters, in place, with the background returned to full opacity. I’ve knocked the background opacity right back so we can see what’s going on more clearly.

In the example here, we’re working on a document that includes three playing cards, on separate layers. We want to create a shadow on a fourth layer, above the other three: by loading up the transparency of the underlying card layers, we can achieve our aim with ease. It’s worth noting that the shortcuts for adding to and subtracting from selections are the same as those used for standard selections, as described earlier in this chapter. 28 1 Under normal conditions, when we paint on a layer the paint will be applied irrespective of the layer’s boundaries, as can be seen here.

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