Class Introduction


Using Photoshop® to Extend Images


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Hello, Simon Raible. I finish movie posters in Los Angeles, have been for 25 years. Gonna do advanced extensions class right now. With this, we're gonna actually have a project-based way of learning. So instead of here's how you do curves, here's how you do cloning, we're gonna say here's step one. We gotta get to step 17. We're gonna learn all these things as we do it. So, it's kind of an emersion kind of learning. So, not learning French words one at a time. We're taking you to Paris, turning you loose for three weeks, and good luck, man. You're probably gonna figure it out. This is kinda born in, we hear how do I know when I'm ready to be a Finisher? How do I know that I'm ready to go get work? And I was like, well, you show your work. You have a book full of your work and you show it. And they like, yeah, but I haven't had any jobs. I was like, well, fill it full of projects. This is a very, very good projects to have. So take an image, extend it. Do it 10 times, do it 20. Pick out...

the three best, put that in your book, and then, go in for job interviews. And folks will see that and they'll be like, okay, you gots a skillset enough to pull this off? You got a seat, you got a parking spot. Let's get you in here. So, the first thing we're gonna do is skies. It's probably the one that we do the most. So when you get a poster, this is printed. It's been comped up, it's been signed off on. Now, they need to extend it for 30 sheets for billboards, bigger and bigger spots. But the thing that they've seen, they don't want that to move so you can't just blow up the sky. Because they've seen the cloud just like this, it interacts with the girl's ear just like that. It's in with the buildings, so don't mess with that. But just add onto it. So now you have all this space to fill, how do you do it? I'm gonna show you some steps to do that. This, I like this. This is John Burroughs. "Leap, and the net will appear." So, when I was staring with all this stuff, it was spooky. I was like, "Okay, I'm so excited, this is going to be so awesome." And then you're just like, you can't wait for the end but you've got the beginning to get through. And you're like, "How do I start? Oh, Mommy!" So, I'll show you there's that big chasm, there's that big hole full of dirt, you've gotta get filling it. Do it first, so leap. Have not read this cat, but if the rest of his writing is as good as that line, I'm going to read some more of him. I'm gonna do four things, 20 minutes each. We're going to do skies, we're going to water, foliage, and cities.

Class Description

Sometimes, in order to achieve the perfect composition, we have to extend our images. In this class, Simon Raible will help you master transforming, liquefying, rendering, illustrating, Content-Aware and vanishing point techniques, which are valuable not only for extension exercises, but innumerable other photo manipulation challenges as well. You’ll learn how extending tasks can be prioritized from large to small to best economize your time, and you’ll discover several professional-level techniques to feather your artwork in problem areas.



I LOVE this class! Let me preface this by saying that it's not for beginners. IMO you should be at least intermediate-advanced to keep up with the fact that the instructor assumes you understand how layers, channels and shortcuts work. Having said that, he's a fantastic educator. As someone else mentioned, it's refreshing to see someone who is teaching exactly what the course name promises, he doesn't hold back and he doesn't try to sell 3rd party products. It was interesting to learn how he goes about his edits considering there's 1000 ways to do one thing in Photoshop. I would love for Creative Live to give Simon a full course on advanced Photoshop techniques since he's funny and clearly knows his craft. For the price of this course, I highly recommend it!


Dude, I really like this instructor's style! He is funny, he explains what he does, doesn't spends time selling his own business, like many instructors do here on Creative Live. The class itself is right on point, explaining how to use the various tools to create way bigger scenes from scenes you already got, but maybe they are not big enough to fulfill your needs. The use I saw in this class is, for example, when you do a big panorama, and somehow part of it is missing, then you can complete it with examples presented here. Also, recommended for making posters, or big wallpapers. If I understood correctly, the attached files contains step by step instructions how to achieve exactly what he does, which are handy for practicing. He is definitely one of my favorite instructors from Photoshop 2018.

Paul Vincent Farrell

After the incredible value of his Business of Professional Photo Retouching class, I was itching to gain some hands-on Photoshop instruction from Simon Peter Raible in this class. I honestly don't think I've ever had more "wow!" moments or learned more immediately useful techniques in my many years of watching CreativeLive courses than in this class. I've immediately been able to do things I'd never known in 15 years of using Photoshop. Simon is also such a laid-back, relaxed instructor it's a pleasure to learn from him. An absolutely must-watch course.