You Suck at Photoshop - Covering Your Mistakes

Uploaded by MyDamnChannel on 09.01.2008


My name is Donnie, and "You Suck at Photoshop." Let's
waste another five or six minutes of my life, and see if
we can do something about it.
What we're going to do today is, we're going to reel it
back from the last tutorial.
It was a little tricky, I think.
We're just going to do some old school Photoshop stuff.
We're going to remove a foreground object off of its
background, and replace the background, make it look like
it disappeared.
And then we'll throw a lens flare on it.
It's going be one of those awesome old Photoshop tricks.
So let's start by opening up bridge.
You need to get a photo that you think you can pull the
background off, so maybe some consistent, like a texture
that you can recreate.
Maybe you've got a picture of a friend or somebody that you
want to trick up a little bit, you want to have a goof on--

or maybe you've got a picture of the cat your wife rescued
without talking to you first, and brought it home, and made
your house a cat toilet.
And then when her emergency business meeting came up this
weekend, she refused to let you take it to a kennel, and
that you'd have to watch the cat this weekend.
Do you have that photo?
I do.
So let's open that up.
So here's our photo.
And basically, what I want to do is get rid of the cat.

The first thing I'm going to do is organize some layers.
Let's start a new layer group called new carpet, because
what we're going to do is--
I know what you did.
Hey, I saw it.
You went over to the clone stamp tool, didn't you?
Put it down.
We're going to go do it.
That's Bush league, and we're going to do it this way.
We're going to just go grab some carpet samples, and we're
going to drop them in, and we're going
to rebuild the carpet.
Everything's going to be all right.
Just settle down.
All right.
So we've got a layer called new carpet, a layer group
called new carpet.
Let's copy the background, so we come back and see what we
did later on.
And then we're going to start grabbing some carpet samples.
Now you're going to grab the marquee tool, and you're going
to start selecting--

hold on a sec.
MALE SPEAKER: Hey, bitch shits-- are you going to log
on and do this raid with us or not?
DONNIE: Hey, listen.
I told you that I had to do this--
MALE SPEAKER: No, hold on a sec.
I need a rez.
DONNIE: I can't--
MALE SPEAKER: Nobody can give me a rez?
DONNIE: I can't go out there right--
DONNIE: Hold on.
MALE SPEAKER: She's going out, isn't she?
DONNIE: I can't--
DONNIE: Hold on.
MALE SPEAKER: Is she wearing those leather chaps, those
assless chaps?
Oh, dude, that is not a business meeting-- not.
DONNIE: I'll call you back in a little bit.
MALE SPEAKER: I'm still on.
Assless chaps is not a business meeting.
DONNIE: All right.
I've got to go for a few hours, so finish covering up
the cat with carpet, and I'll be right back.
I'm back.
I guess if you took the time to cover up the cat with the
carpet, it probably looks something like this, or
probably not as good.
You've probably got a lot of problems, and if you do have a
lot of problems, than what we need to do is figure out a way
we can cover up those mistakes.
So let's do that now.
We'll create a new layer, and make a stain.
In our house, that's not going to be a problem.
I mean, these things are all over the place.
So just sort of create kind of a stain shape.
And let's pick--
maybe your cat actually pees shit, which is
what our cat does.
It's kind of weird.
So let's get, like, a pee-poo color.
And fill that in there.
And we want to just take this layer, and we're going to
select all.
We're going to do a little Gaussian blur on it, just to
soften up the edges, just a few pixels, not too much,
because it had time to really bleed out on the carpet, and
kind of make its mark there.
Now for this layer, let's set it to multiply, and we've got
a good stand now.
We need to pull the opacity way down, and make it look
like it's been there for awhile.
Yeah, now it's starting to look like my carpet.
Let's grab our eraser tool again, get a nice sized brush,
and we want to just start clicking and modeling it a
little bit, because no stain is super geometric like that.
So we're just going to kind of take away some of the edges,
and maybe some of the pee-poo was just a little thicker in
places, because Bridget Jones, the cat, just happened to
have, like, some canned food that night.
That looks like a good stain.
That kind of covers up our trouble, and you can move it
around wherever it might serve you best.
So that's looking pretty good.
Now all we have--

Give me five more minutes, please.
Stop, stop.
MALE SPEAKER: Grow a sac.
Grow a sac.
DONNIE: So what do you have now?

The cat is still here now.
If you want to, you can use the cat somewhere else.

You could take the cat.
I think maybe you, like--

maybe we could put the cat, like, up in the bag, just
whatever strikes your fancy.
If you're using--
drop your tool down, and just kind of rough these edges out
of here, just the cat kind of smashed in the bag.
And the cat never really did anything to me-- just came in
at a bad time.
And so I'm not saying that I've got anything against the
cat, exactly, but that maybe it just came into my life when
I needed some attention.
And I needed to be able to walk
around, and mark my territory.