I enjoy reading comments posted here at my blog. And sometimes a comment is very helpful. Case in point with my last blog post. Sarah gave me a very helpful tip concerning how to add out-of-view objects to my images. And it could not be easier.
First, take a look at the image above. It is one of the exported SketchUp images to be used in Photoshop. One of the four screws is out of view and I want readers of the woodworking plan to know it is there (logic would dictate that a fourth screw is there, but I have learned to take as much guess-work out of my plans as possible).
The next step is to hide all of the components except the missing screw and the line which shows the path which the screw needs to take. I export this image as well. Both files are PNG files which allow for a transparent background which is important.
I wish I could just load a video at this point which shows the steps in Photoshop, but screen view video recording software is way down my list of pending purchases now. In Photoshop, I open both files, copy one file on top of the other and using the opacity setting for the two layers created, I can fade the screw and line into place. Those of you who use Photoshop a lot probably view this as basic work, but it is nothing short of a breakthrough for me. The only thing I could want now is to color the screw blue to help identify it as a out-of-view component. Here is the resulting image (click to enlarge)…
I also added a mask over the shadow on the ground to make it lighter (compare the shadows with the image at the top of the post), and I added the pen strokes to select edges of the drawer face, etc. Note that the lines extending from the screws do not have arrows where they end. I had to add these after inserting the image into Microsoft Publisher. The completed page…
A close-up of the screw and note the arrows added to the original lines. Lots of brain power used to pull all of this off.
I am going to begin looking into a way to better understand Photoshop. The process of trial and error is very much how I learned SketchUp until I began buying books and watching more specific video tutorials.
Here are a couple more pages to bring you up to speed on the status of my next woodworking plan; a combination of full color images and grayed ones. I just finished page 20 and will next begin to detail the final steps in construction.
I completed page 20 this morning and it was an extremely graphic heavy process. This image is part exploded view and as well as a way to identify all the parts which are used to build the drawers. I took a screen shot with the boundaries of all the elements visible…
With Microsoft Publisher, I have total control over the leaders or arrows which extend from text boxes. I can use a straight, curved or a free-hand line style and then select the line weight, color and even arrow style. Creating these arrows is a whole separate amount of work, separate from creating the image and page text.
But I am having fun creating this woodworking plan. I hope to have it finished soon.