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Adobe's Creative Suite 2: Super Cloning & Video Learning
Digital Darlow

 Deke McClelland
Total Training's interface, pictured during McClelland's presentation of Adobe Bridge.
Deke McClelland/Total Training Inc.

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Text by Andrew Darlow.
Images as Noted.

Vanishing Point Cloning In Photoshop CS2

On page 22 of this issue was a photo of a woman and her dog in front of a wall covered with posters. Right in the middle of the image was a letter-size sheet of paper, which I soon realized could be quickly and easily removed with the new Vanishing Point tool in Photoshop CS2. Vanishing Point is an amazing tool that allows an area to be cloned, painted, or transformed while maintaining proper perspective. Without it, this clone would have been very difficult to achieve. Here's a quick way to do it:

First, create a new layer (Layer>New Layer); This will protect your underlying image. Then choose Filter>Vanishing Point. Select the Create Plane Tool (circled in blue, Fig. 1), and create a blue box like you see in Fig. 1 by clicking in three corners. I used the default grid size of 60. Then click on any of the four corners (circled in red, Fig. 1) and adjust the plane to closely match the angle of the letters. Next, select the clone tool (left side, Fig. 2), Option/Alt click to sample from the top of the letter D (green crosshair, Fig. 2) and then click on the top of the D circled in red just below (a moving bubble will show you the exact spot to start cloning) and clone across until the sheet of paper is gone. Then click OK and clean up the small areas that still need to be cloned. Lastly, select the area with the new white text and make it slightly darker to better match the other letters on that line.

Total Training's CS2 Video Training Series

Total Training Inc. currently publishes more than 60 educational titles narrated by a wide range of industry experts. I recently had the opportunity to review three selections from Total Training Inc.'s newest Creative Suite 2 Video Training series: Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2 and InDesign CS2. My opinions on the Photoshop CS2 set follows, and to read some of my comments on the other sets, visit our website at

The nearly 22-hour, three DVD-ROM Photoshop CS2 set is hosted by well-known author and lecturer Deke McClelland, and is presented in a way that made me feel like I was in an audience at a seminar, but with the added advantage of being able to pause, rewind, fast forward and skip from section to section. The audio is also very clear and easy to understand. The DVDs are filled with solid fundamentals presented by McClelland in the form of real-life projects, and the project files are provided.

Just about every new feature in Photoshop CS2 is covered, and many other items are addressed, including: How to set preferences for a more efficient workflow; How to use Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw; How to use layers effectively; and How to create and use actions. McClelland's knowledge and experience shows through in every lesson, and I really liked some of his "secret'' tips, such as how to handle a slight difference between Windows and Mac when using layer blending modes.

One difference I noticed between McClelland's and my workflow is with regard to Photoshop's Color Settings. I like to use the settings "U.S. Prepress Defaults," which preserves color settings and notifies when there is a profile mismatch. In the DVD, McClelland chooses to customize his Color Settings so that files are converted upon opening to his working space without any profile mismatch notification. Both approaches are acceptable, but I recommend doing some research before making a decision on this important preference. A closed-caption feature is scheduled to be added soon, and will be a free download for those who have purchased the set. For more info, and to download sample videos, visit

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