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Photoshop: How To Create Projection Trail Effect Of Zoom-in Object?

How to use Photoshop to create projection view effect for small object in an image?By using Photoshop to create a projection view of small object in image, the presentation might look more attractive than a plain zoom-in view of the subject.

Although the screenshot (above) might be not convincing, it is good to tell what projection view effect is.

Next, the following screencast posted on YouTube, shows how easy to create projection view of small subject using Adobe Photoshop CS3 (good to serve as reference for newer release, e.g. Photoshop CS5):

  1. Uses selection tool (e.g. Rectangular Marquee Tool) to select and copy the visible object then paste it to another image which featuring the zoom-out view of the selected object.
  2. Uses Rectangular Marquee Tool to select both zoom-in and zoom-out view of the object. After selecting first object, press SHIFT key in order to be able select second object in the same image file (when SHIFT key pressed, there is a “+” character next to the selection tool).
  3. Click Selection menu, then select “Modify” option followed by “Border” and set the width pixels to 2.
  4. Press SHIFT+F5 (Windows) to open Fill dialog box. Set the “Contents” to use “color” and select a color for the projection trail. Next, set blending mode to normal, opacity to 80% or higher, and deselect “Preserve Transparency” feature.
    Photoshop Fill dialog box
  5. Press CTRL+D to deselect selection borders. Use Polygonal Lasso Tool to create projection trail, to mimic light emitting from small object to the zoom-in view (original) object.
  6. Press SHIFT+F5 for Fill dialog box again. This round, set opacity to 50% or lower and hit OK button.
  7. Press CTRL+D to deselect selection border around the projection trail which has filled with color at 50% opacity or lower.

By now, the image should have done with the projection view effect and ready to be saved.

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