Photoshop Tutorial: Landscape Images from Portrait


hey what’s going on my name is Derrick
Mitchell thanks for tuning into this lesson – in this lesson I want to show you
how you can take a photo that was taken on a cell phone in portrait mode and
create space using Photoshop so you get a horizontal photo that you can use in a
website so an example of this the inspiration for this actually comes from
Lewis Howes website where you might have a website that you need a background
image and you’ve got a photo but you don’t have space on the left or the
right of it to add text so that’s what we’re gonna do here in this lesson I’m
gonna show you how to take a photo like this and a photo like this and when
you’re done with it have space like this so you can drop it into a PowerPoint or
keynote template if you’re trying to create a graphic for that and you want
your text to be able to sit on the photo and make it look like it was all
cohesive or maybe you’ve got a photo like this guy here and it was taken
while you’re traveling and it was taken you know for social media for your
stories and now you want to use it in another way like this perhaps we’ve got
more space or even if I turn off this mask here holding down the shift key and
clicking you’ll learn about this later and you can see that I’ve got
substantially more background behind him compared to the original so I’m gonna
show you in this lesson how to do that now I get really excited and I talk
super fast and I show you all kinds of shortcuts so for those of you who are
more advanced you’ll love it because I’ll it’s right through it
for those of you this is brand-new hang tight I’ll show you the keyboard
shortcuts and also don’t forget it’s a video so you can rewind it alright guys
let’s go ahead and dive in so what I’m gonna do with this first one I’ve got
this image here of this woman leaning against the wall I’m gonna pull this
into Photoshop real quick and to make sure that I’m working in the right
dimension typically what you would do I’m going to create a new document and
it would be about 2,000 pixels wide by about a thousand pixels tall give or
take it just depends on the platform you’re using whether it’s Squarespace or
WordPress or a specific theme but this will get you close so I’m gonna do is
create a new document 2000 pixels wide I’m gonna leave it at a thousand pixels
tall I’ll leave my resolution at 72 and because we’re designing for a web I’m
gonna leave the resolution at 72 as well I’m sorry the color mode at RGB I’ll go
ahead and click create and now I’ve got this new document to work with so I’m
go ahead and come back over to this tab I’ve got my move tool selected I’m gonna
click and drag hover over the new tab and then bring it back over here without
letting go and once I get my cursor over the middle then I’ll let go and you can
see this image is actually huge which is great it’s gonna be a really high
quality image so now I want to do is go to edit down to free transform or just
hit command T and now my this image is so huge I can’t even see the bounding
boxes or the drag handles they’re all the way off the screen so a trick that I
learned is I’ll click on this little link icon it should be selected by
default to keep our wits and our Heights and perspective that the ratio the same
so it doesn’t skew it but what I can do is hover over the width or the height
click and drag left or right and actually scale this down and now I can
see those handles and actually grab them and then finish the job this way so it’s
a handy little trick if you’ve got a huge image and you can’t even see the
the bounding handles that’s not the right word I don’t even know anyway
alright so let’s go ahead and scale this in place and actually want her to be a
little bit higher here like that and now when I’m ready I’ll hit return and we
are ready to go so the next thing I’m gonna do is create a new layer and if I
just click on the layer button here it’s gonna throw a new layer above this
current layer but I’m gonna hold down command and click which will throw that
layer below I’m gonna fill letter I and sample a color from right here as close
to the edge as possible with this blank layer that I created still selected I’m
gonna hit alt or option + the Delete key to fill it you can also come over here
to edit down to fill to get you there as well all right so now this is pretty
this is actually you know I could use this just like it is and start putting
text over here so if I get my type tool at the letter T I’ll just click actually
we’re gonna come up here and click on this and we’re gonna sample maybe some
of the cream color from her dress click OK and let’s type in your text
here alright and just like that I’ve got all kinds of space if I was gonna create
a flyer or graphic and do something static now this doesn’t working on the
website you’d want to leave space for your HTML text but if you’re going to
create a flyer or maybe a slideshow presentation and
keynote or PowerPoint you could do something like that and to push this
effect a little bit further here’s some other things you could do some tips that
I would do I’ll create another layer right above this mustard color I’m gonna
hit the letter G to get my gradient you can see this gradient tool over here and
by default you probably see the foreground to background gradient so
whatever your foreground is whether it’s black white you know or in this case
whatever colors I just had to the background color well I like to work
with the foreground to transparent gradient and what that’s gonna do for me
is whatever is on the foreground and in this case I’m gonna sample a little bit
of a darker color from this wall it’ll go from that foreground color at the
letter G to get back to my gradient tool to transparent so where this is handy is
I can come back over in this third layer and I can click and drag and you’ll
notice that I’ve got the linear gradient selected up here in the options bar I
can get some really cool effects if I choose some of these other ones like
this radial gradient I don’t even know this one’s called because I never use it
but anyway there’s some other gradients in here that you could check out but by
default I just use this linear gradient and then I just kind of click and drag
in from the edges here just to kind of burn them in a little bit I’m gonna zoom
out and just kind of give a little bit of what you call it character to this
wall so it’s not a flat color and that might be a little strong so I’m gonna do
with this layer selected I’m gonna come over here to the opacity window here in
the layers panel I’m gonna click and drag left a little bit now I sure ii
started this off earlier if you’re not seeing the same windows that i’m seeing
come up here to the top right and go to your essentials i’m in fact i’m gonna
reset my essentials workspace right now just make sure we’re looking at the same
thing but there’s that if you don’t see the layers panel of course come up here
to window down to layers all right so there’s that but let’s push this even
further if this was truly a wall you can see in this other wall we’ve got a lot
of texture going on so i’m gonna jump over to the web and there’s this cool
website called texture king.com and if you don’t have any textures to
work with this is a great place to start so I’m gonna go ahead and click on this
texture right here and I’m gonna right click and copy this image we’ll come
back over into Photoshop and I’m going to paste it right above this layer here
command V on and I might scale it in place a little
bit and there we go all right so now here’s some more things we can do to
make this feel like it belongs with this wall the first thing I’m going to do is
double click on this layer and I double clicked to the right of the name if I if
I click right on the name it’ll let me rename the layer but I want in this
empty space to double click and I see the layer style box which gives us a lot
of options but all I’m looking for and the blending options here is this layer
so this textures layer that we’re working on I want it to blend all the
light spots and blend the dark spots so that way just kind of gives me some of
the mid tones of the texture I’m gonna hold down the Alt key or the option key
and click and drag on this slider to split it to make the transition a little
smoother so I’m holding down the Alt key and clicking and dragging to split those
right there ok and then the next thing I’m going to do is I’m going to back the
debt back down the opacity a little bit and I’m on this texture layer I’m just
gonna back it down a touch just click and drag that’s better
and then the last thing I’m gonna do is I’m gonna play with the blend mode so
right here in the layers panel it says normal but if I click on it you can see
in this drop-down there’s all kinds of blend modes and what a blend mode is is
it actually controls how that layer blends with the layers below so
depending on the effect and also depending on the effect you’re going for
and depending on the colors in that image it’s gonna behave differently so
it’s fun just to play with and for me what I like to do on a PC I think you
can hit the up and down arrow keys on a Mac make sure you’ve got your move tool
selected I’m gonna hold down the shift key and then hit the plus or minus keys
depending on which way you want to cycle through the layers and you can see I’m
holding down shift hit the plus key and again the key to this is having your
move tool selected and the layer I’m on now it’ll cycle through all these
different blend modes so you just got to play with it it’s a lot of fun to to
just kind of see how that will really change your graphics just by playing
with the blend modes and I’m gonna go ahead and leave it on multiply for right
now and I’m just gonna scrub this opacity down even further just so it’s
super subtle alright and there you go we’ve created more space in this graphic
so that way we can either post this on a website
or create you know space for an ad campaign or whatever you want to do with
it super simple okay so let’s take a look
at another graphic we’ve got this one right here and this is probably a better
example of you’ve taken a photo it’s in portrait mode but now you need space
around it so we’re gonna do the same thing I’m gonna make a new document
let’s pretend like we’re working for a website still and I’m gonna create that
2,000 pixel by 1,000 actually you see how huge this image it’s 3000 pixels so
I want to make a new document that’s 2,000 we’ll do this one by a thousand
make sure we’re in pixels all right 72 pixels per inch our color
mode is RGB we’ll click create and let’s go ahead and bring this one over here
too so I’ve got my move tool selected I’ll click and drag over here and this
time instead of just letting go I’m gonna hold on the shift key and what
that’s gonna do is when I let go it’s gonna put this image exactly dead center
and again we’ve got the same issue where I can’t see all of the image so if I hit
command T or ctrl T on a PC again that’s image no edit free transform we can’t
see that the handles so I’m again gonna scrub up here just to scale this down
and we will hit we I will hit return there we go
all right so now what I want to do is actually create more space on the left
on the right of this image and the latest version of Photoshop has some
really cool tips are some really cool tools
it’s like magic so what we’re gonna do is go to edit down to content aware
scale it’s basically mash your hands on the
keyboard so option shift command C for the shortcut and now what I can do
Photoshop is smart enough to see what the focus what the focal point is on
this image as well as to recognize humans so as I scale this out and you
can play with holding on the option key or the shift key to get different
effects so if I hold on the shift key now it’s going to skew everything if I
let go of the option key it’s gonna try and scale it in perspective
so anyway I’m hold down the shift key I’m scaling and you can see how far you
can push it before he starts to get distorted so that alone gave me a ton of
space to work with so what I could do here is
scootch him over to the right I’m gonna add a layer mask so I’ve got his this
layer selected down here this little square with a circle in it is a layer
mask and now the way the layer mask works is if it’s black if you paint with
black on top of this it’ll hide the image below it if you paint with white
it’ll reveal it so I’ve got black on top right here I’ve got the mask selected
make sure because you can select the image or the mask so make sure you’ve
got the mask selected I’m at the letter G to get my gradient tool I’m gonna
click down to the gradient option select box here I’m gonna click the foreground
to transparent so now we’re gonna be painting with black because that’s my
foreground color to transparent on the mask and what that’s gonna do if I click
and drag and I’ll hold down shift to make it so if I don’t hold down shift
it’ll go wherever but if I hold down shift it’ll make it perfectly horizontal
here and then I’ll let go and it’ll fade that from black being totally
transparent to the white here that’ll be opaque all right so the next thing I
want to do is I want to create more texture back here kinda like I did in
the other image so I’m gonna sample the color from and again it’s just sampling
white because I’ve got my mask layer selected so I’m gonna click back on the
image I’m gonna select over here on this wall I’m gonna hold down the command key
to make a layer below this one when I click on this here and with my
foreground color selected I’m gonna hit option delete and again that’s under
edit down to fill and then I need a texture again so I’m gonna come back
over here to texture King will grab this image I’m just gonna copy it I’m gonna
hit command V to paste it in there and let’s just kind of scale it down a
little bit get it in place and there’s a lots of ways we can play with texture
but for now this is kind of a quick easy way to get something in there I’m gonna
change my blend mode to multiply we’re gonna scrub down the fill actually the
opacity there we go that’s better and and just like that
it’s added more character to this side it’s giving me space for text and it’s a
really fast way to work to create space for your graphics all right I know I
flew through that but keep in mind you can rewind this
video you can watch it again and again I threw a ton of short cuts out there and
hopefully you learned a ton thanks for watching don’t forget to subscribe to my
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2 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: Landscape Images from Portrait

  1. Nice thanks I didn’t know how to use the new content aware. Powerful! Learned a few new shortcuts too. I paid for a couple of your courses on udemy a while back and this has inspired me to do them finally this winter.

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