Hi, Deke here, writing an actual post on my own web site for once. So, you know, merry new year and junk like that!
In the most recent edition of Deke’s Techniques, #376: Developing the Perfect Holiday Portrait, I disappointed more than a few of you with my lack of aesthetic sensitivity. By way of a reminder, here is a detail from the final version of said "perfect" portrait, complete with impossibly bright eyes.
And here, in hindsight, is how the eyes should have looked.
In other words, I make one bad call and everyone’s on my case like brown on rice. Which is why the series is called Deke’s Techniques as opposed to, say, Deke’s Tasteful Techniques.
Which is way, today, I figured I’d concentrate on something that has nothing to do with good taste and everything to do with pure practicality: Creating guides—one horizontal and one vertical—through the exact center of any image, regardless of how large or small, in Photoshop.
If only for the sake of contrast, I begin with the conventional 9-step solution, which I’ve seen demonstrated more times than I can count. And then I demonstrate the much improved 4-step solution, which involves the use of a little known command under the View menu that goes by the name New Guide.
Best of all, you can record the 4-step technique as an action, after which point you can play it back in a single step. Just click on it!
And if you’re a member of lynda.com, then you can check out two follow-up movies: #378, in which I show you a new way to create a network of center guides (and much more) in Photoshop CC; and #379, in which I show you a couple of ways to create center guides in Illustrator. (If you’re not a member of lynda.com, click here for a free week.)
In any event, enjoy. And, as always, let me know your thoughts, nice or not!