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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
In this movie, we're going to take the zombie couple that we created in the previous movie and we're going to add some sharpness and some texture and some depth of field to create this final effect here. I'll go ahead and switch over to my image in progress and the first thing that we want to do is merge all the layers together. We could grab all of these layers and put them. Into a single smart object, but that would be pretty difficult to deal with. So when working with lots of layers, I prefer to go ahead and merge first. So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E or Cmd+Shift+Option+E on the Mac, to create a merge version of those layers.
And I'll go ahead and rename this layer Sharpen and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. Now the first step will be to apply the Smart Sharpen Filter and I want to apply Smart Sharpen as a smart filter. So I'll right-click inside the image and choose Convert To Smart Object. Then go up to the Filter menu. Choose Sharpen and choose Smart Sharpen. And we have quite a few settings that we want to apply here. I'm going to go ahead and click on my eye so I can keep track of it. You want Remove set to Lens Blur as by default. I'm going to crank the amount value up to 500% because I want an awful lot of sharpness where this image is concerned.
I'm also going to take the radius value up to five pixels which I realize is very high. But it's going to be sitting behind a field blur by the time we're done. And then I'm going to take the Reduced Noise Value up to 25%. And I do want to take some of the crispness off of this effect, so I'm going to twirl open shadows highlights right there. So that we access both shadows and highlights values. And I'm going to take the shadows value up to 25% like so, which makes a pretty big difference in terms of the sharpness of the image.
And then, I'm also going to take up the highlights value all the way to a 100% like so. And then I'll increase the tonal width to 77%. In both cases I'm going to leave the radius set to a single pixel, and as you're seeing here. And if you like you can go ahead and save out this preset. I'm not going to bother with it. I'm just going to click OK in order to apply that filter. Now Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CC is a lot better than the old one. But it's a lot slower as well. So you're going to have to wait for it to apply.
Now I'm going to right-click inside this filter mask thumbnail and choose Delete Filter Mask. And then finally, you want to double-click on the little slider icon to the right of the words Smart Sharpen. Because every time you sharpen an image, you want to make sure that you're sharpening just the luminance and not affecting the color. And you do that by moving my mouth out of the way and then changing the mode from Normal to Luminosity like so. And then click OK and we end up with this effect here. Now we want to apply a field blur and you can apply field blur as a smart filter in Photoshop CC so you do need CC to pull this off.
And you do so by going up to the filter menu, choosing blur, and choosing field blur. And for those of you who do not have access to CC, you just have to apply this filter as a static effect to a standard pixel based layer. I'm going to start things off by moving this guy over to about here and I'm going to take the amount of blur up to 30 pixels by dragging inside that ring. And I'm going to add another big bunch of blur up here and I'm going to take it up to 30 pixels as well. And if you're having problems as I am. Getting an exact volume then you can just click inside the blur value in the upper right corner of this panel and you can use the arrow tools to nude the value.
I'm obviously horribly out of focus so, I'm going to start by clicking in my temple to a pin at this location. And I'll take the blur value down to zero. And I'll click on my forehead as well and take this blur value down to zero. The jacket's an Armani so I don't want it looking like this. I'll go ahead and click on it. Maybe move this guy just a little bit and then take this value down to zero pixels as well. Now lets work on Colleen's half of the image, I'll click right about there and I'll take this pin up to 30 pixels and another way to get more control is to move your cursor farther away as your dragging and then I'll click right about there and leave it set to blur value of 15 pixels which is the default.
Now Colleen's horribly out of focus. She has great hair so might as well being it in the focus by clicking right about there and reducing the value to zero. I'll click on her shawl, or whatever that thing is, and reduce its blur value to zero, click on the tip of her ear, and take that blur value down, and click up in this part of the hair and take that blur value down to zero as well. Now, at this point, you could go ahead and click OK, because things are looking pretty good, but because we're working with the dynamic smart filter. I can always come back any time I like, so I might as well.
Just go ahead and click OK, but if I zoom in, I'm going to notice that there is some blur going on, along Colleen's teeth. That's a problem. So, I'm going to go ahead and double-click on the blur gallery in order to bring back my field blur settings. And then, I'm going to press and hold the M key, and incidentally, if that doesn't work for you on windows, just click somewhere on screen. You'll probably get an alert message telling you you made an invalid entry. And that's just because some field that you're not seeing is active. Then, press and hold the M key, and you'll see the mask.
And everywhere that's black is absolutely protected, but anywhere that's gray is going to get blurry and we don't want that. So, I'll release the M key, and then I'll click right there in Colleen's teeth and set that blur value to zero. And I'll click right there on the side of her face and set that to zero So you can't have too many pins especially if you're trying to protect regions that you want to remain in focus. So I'll go ahead and take this guy down to zero as well. Click on my eye right about there. Take it down to zero. Click on my teeth.
Take that one down to zero. And then I'm going to click right there inside of our shoulders because that would be to some extent out of focus. And probably, you would want to take it to, five or six or something like that. In order to create the most realistic effect. But I'm not really interested in subtlety. So I'm just going to keep this guy set to a blurr value of 15, and I might take it down just a little bit. So that I'm not intruding on Colleen's face. Now the last thing I want to do is add a little bit of a light bouquet. And you do that by first expanding the Blur Effects panel.
Which you can do by double-clicking on its tab. And make sure that the bouquet checkbox is on. And then I'm going to take the light bouquet value up to 45%, and I'll set the bouquet color to 25%. And by the way, if you're not really able to see that bouqet, you can make it bigger but you're going to end up with a bigger effect as well. I don't want something that over the top so I'm going to stick with 45% and then you want to set your light range right here and I found that the best values were to set the first guy to 120.
And then set this second value to 230. And the light range is measured in standard luminous levels. And we end up with this effect. So, this is what the image looks like without the bouquet, and this is what it looks like with the bouquet. So just a hint of specular highlight. Up here in the upper right corner of the image. Then click OK to accept that effect. And again it might take a few moments to apply. Now I want to add the texture, which I really think makes a big difference in this image. I'll go ahead and turn on that texture layer right there, and I'll select the texture as well, and then I'm going to drop down to the FX icon and choose Color Overlay, and i want to dial in a kind of darkish brown, so I'll change the hue value to 45.
I'll leave the saturation set to 100% even though I just redialed it in. And I'll take the brightness value down to 25% and click OK and then I'll change the blend mode to Color in order to produce this effect here. Next you want to go a head and click the blending option and change the blend mode to Multiply in order to produce this effect. Notice now we're colorizing the entire message. To make sure we are colorizing just the active layer turn on this first checkbox, blend interior effects as group.
And you'll end up with this effect here. And then finally, press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and drag the left half of the white triangle that's associated with the underline layer slider to 128. And that way were fading out the texture and the highlights. And now click OK to accept that effect and finally. I'm not happy at all with painting the texture into Colleen's eyes there, so I'm going to add a layer mask, by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
And, I'll go ahead and select my Brush tool. Well, right-click inside the image. I want the hardness value to be 0, like so. And then I'll press the right bracket key a few times in order to expand the size of my brush, and then I'll just go ahead and paint away the texture inside of her eyes, like so. And that is it. Now I'll go ahead and press the F key a couple of times in order to enter the full screen mode, and I'll zoom in a little bit, like so, and that, friends, is how you add a kind of undead ambience to a scene, using a combination of smart sharpen, a texture, and of course, a dynamic field blur.
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