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Adding a filter mask in Photoshop

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Video: Adding a filter mask in Photoshop

All right, I have to gone ahead and saved my progress as Super woman.psd, so called because all of our pixels are fully protected. They will resist all destructive modifications and you can always turn these filters on or off and you can change their settings any time you like and so on, thanks to the fact that we converted her to a smart object. This image is found inside the 20_ images folder. If you take a close look at this woman, I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on some details inside of her here.

Adding a filter mask in Photoshop

All right, I have to gone ahead and saved my progress as Super woman.psd, so called because all of our pixels are fully protected. They will resist all destructive modifications and you can always turn these filters on or off and you can change their settings any time you like and so on, thanks to the fact that we converted her to a smart object. This image is found inside the 20_ images folder. If you take a close look at this woman, I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on some details inside of her here.

You can see that her eyes look pretty darn good. Now she is way over-sharpened. These are not the sharpening settings I would recommend if we were just trying to sharpen the image for output or get greater clarity or anything like that, because we are really bringing out the blood shot nature of her eyes, even though she has just got gorgeous eyes. Also we are bringing out a lot of skin details we might not want to call attention to, little micro wrinkles inside of her skin, little hairs underneath her lip and then finally if you take a look at this region over here, you can see that we have all kinds of striated patterns going on and some banding as well here in the shadows. That's something that already existed inside of this photograph but I have made it much worse with these sharpening filters here and both Smart Sharpen and High Pass are sharpening algorithms even though they exist in different Submenus under the Filter menu.

All right, so what do we do about that? Well, in order to get rid of these patterns over here, I mean that's really the problem at this point. I want these Super Sharp details inside of her eyes and her skin and so on. That's going to serve me very, very well as we'll see, even the blood shot stuff. That's not going to be a problem. But down here where this junk is concerned, that's terrible and we want it out of there. So we want so mask that area away where the filters are concerned, so we need to add a filter mask. Now currently we have got a solid white filter mask.

That's not going to do us any good. So what I want you to do is right click inside of that White thumbnail and I want you to choose Delete Filter Mask, just to get rid of it, because it's easier to remake it then to work inside of the white area. All right, then I'm going to go ahead and zoom out here a little bit, scroll her over. Photoshop is behaving a little slowly for me right now. Now I'm going to go over to the Channels palette and notice here inside the Channels palette, by default lives next door to Layers and of course, if you are trying to find the palette in Photoshop, you do it exactly the same way you do it in Illustrator. You go up to the Window menu and you choose the palettes and they are listed in alphabetical order.

So anyway, here is Channels and that's your primary masking palette inside of Photoshop. Even though you think it was Masks, it's not. It's Channels. All right, so I'm going to go over to the Channels palette here and you will notice two so called alpha channels, Hair Mask and Filter Mask, and they are both masks that we can grab at a moment's notice here. In order to load that mask as a selection outline, which is how we'll get it over to the filters, you press the Ctrl key here on a PC or the Command key on the Mac and you click on Filter Mask.

Just click anywhere on it and you will load that mask as a selection outline as we are seeing right there and when we are talking about masking, just so as you know and I know I'm going through this stuff just so fast, but I don't want to turn this into a big Photoshop masking discussion, because we could talk about masking for days. In fact, I have a series that's called Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masks and don't let that bother you. It's just as accurate for Photoshop CS4 and it is more than a day long. It's like thirty hours long or something. That just gives you a sense of how long I could and actually have talked about masks inside of Photoshop, but the Cliff Notes version here is that White represents the selected region and Black represents the deselected region.

So we are going to sharpen inside of the selection and we are going to lose the sharpening outside the selection and there's this nice soft border between the two extremes, something we can't really achieve inside of Illustrator and when I say we can't really achieve it, I mean we can't even sort to do it. We can apply gradient opacity masks as we'll see in the very next chapter, but that's just not the same thing and you can't apply those to effects. Anyway, go back to the Layers palette, having loaded that as a selection by Ctrl or Command-clicking on that Filter Mask thumbnail and then I want you to right click on the word Smart Filters and if you don't have a right mouse button on the Mac, you would press the Ctrl key and click and then choose Add Filter Mask, and it's going to Add a Filter Mask based on the selection and that way we are going to introduce that exact mask we saw just a moment ago, there inside the Channels palette.

We are going to introduce it here into the Layers palette and I should say, by the way, in case you are seeing tiny little itsy-bitsy thumbnails inside of Photoshop, what you are going to do is right click down here in the empty area below the Layers and you choose Large Thumbnails and that's the same thing you do inside the Channels palette. Down below in the empty area, you right click and you choose Large or you can always go over here to the palette flyout menu and you can choose Panel Options and then you can select this largest thing right here at the bottom of the dialog box and click OK.

That thing is a bunch of tiny, little Merlins on a palette, but I won't go into that. Anyway, that's set. We have now done a brilliant job of masking the filter settings and let me show you what that looks like. Let's go the Layers palette once again and zoom in, so I'll zoom in on this area down here that was so alarmingly bad before. It's still bad, they are still banding there, but it's not nearly as pronounced as it was before. So if you Shift-click on a Filter Mask thumbnail here, you will turn it off temporarily. Take a look at that bending and notice all these horrible color aberrations and everything else is going on. Color aberrations by the way are aberrant colors, colors that don't belong inside of the scene that the camera's somehow added or Photoshop's somehow added, thanks to the editing process.

Then if I Shift-click again, keep an eye on this banding right there, Shift-click again on this Filter Mask to turn it back on and we get something resembling a smother transition. That's by no means smooth but it's not as bad as it is when we exaggerate the problem. All right, so I'm going to go ahead and zoom out here to more reasonable level, so I can see her entire face. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to introduce a mask to this object right here, to this layer, so that we get rid of all the stuff on the left hand side of the image. Stay tuned.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 28m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge CS4
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 53m
    1. From the simple emerges the complex
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      4m 17s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      4m 39s
    4. Adding to a compound shape
      3m 11s
    5. Inserting a subpath into a compound shape
      3m 56s
    6. Expanding a compound shape
      4m 53s
    7. Assembling primitives
      4m 42s
    8. Preparing a template in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    9. Uniting paths permanently
      5m 40s
    10. Minus Front vs. Minus Back
      1m 55s
    11. Working with compound paths
      6m 49s
    12. When in doubt, divide
      3m 54s
    13. Divide and Unite
      3m 2s
    14. Open path pitfalls
      5m 35s
    15. Strokes bad, fills good
      4m 38s
    16. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 59s
    17. Using the Crop operation
      8m 30s
    18. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 45s
    19. "Ghosting" shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 45s
    20. Anticipating and troubleshooting
      8m 16s
    21. Exclude and Intersect
      7m 24s
  3. 44m 59s
    1. Familiar one moment, different the next
      1m 3s
    2. Snapping to anchor points
      5m 41s
    3. Aligning a group to the artboard
      3m 34s
    4. Distributing objects on the artboard
      4m 16s
    5. Setting the key object
      4m 54s
    6. Distributing objects by space
      3m 6s
    7. Distributing objects by selections
      3m 19s
    8. Aligning point text
      6m 7s
    9. Aligning live text vs. using outlines
      4m 58s
    10. Aligning key letters
      3m 35s
    11. Aligning to key objects
      4m 26s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. CS4’s gradient renaissance
      1m 7s
    2. Applying a gradient
      6m 0s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      6m 27s
    5. Designing a shaded gradient
      5m 9s
    6. Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture
      4m 2s
    7. Introducing the new Gradient tool
      4m 39s
    8. Editing color stops inside a shape
      3m 26s
    9. Setting multiple gradients to the same angle
      5m 0s
    10. Adding and adjusting radial gradients
      7m 20s
    11. Making a transparent gradient
      7m 6s
    12. Adding drop shadows (a kind of gradient)
      6m 28s
    13. Blends vs. blend modes
      4m 38s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Creating freeform color flows
      1m 0s
    2. The power of CS4's transparent gradients
      10m 25s
    3. Creating a gradient mesh
      4m 30s
    4. Expanding a gradient to a gradient mesh
      7m 40s
    5. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      6m 13s
    6. Selecting and coloring points
      6m 5s
    7. Assigning colors with the Eyedropper tool
      7m 42s
    8. Cool mesh editing techniques
      3m 56s
    9. Warping and puckering a mesh
      7m 24s
    10. Applying precise finishing touches
      5m 48s
    11. Gradient strokes
      9m 45s
    12. Gradient text
      6m 50s
  6. 55m 35s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 4s
    2. Making a blend automatically
      5m 48s
    3. Fixing problem blends
      3m 56s
    4. Making a blend with the Blend tool
      3m 6s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 53s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 30s
    8. Blending along a curve
      4m 34s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      2m 58s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 36s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 3s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      6m 7s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      3m 23s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Patterns that repeat forever and ever
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 36s
    3. Beginning a core design
      5m 6s
    4. Building an interlocking element
      6m 25s
    5. Achieving precise radial symmetry
      4m 46s
    6. Rotating duplicates around a common center
      3m 10s
    7. Determining how a pattern repeats
      9m 54s
    8. Coloring the core objects
      5m 0s
    9. Identifying the rectangular tile
      7m 14s
    10. Saving tile patterns
      7m 19s
    11. Applying tile patterns to a shape
      3m 25s
    12. Protecting patterns from transformations
      7m 36s
    13. Moving patterns without paths
      5m 51s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Illustrator gets natural
      1m 15s
    2. Introducing the vector painting tools
      3m 16s
    3. Calligraphic brush options
      4m 3s
    4. Pressure sensitivity
      5m 17s
    5. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 53s
    6. Repainting and smoothing paths
      5m 30s
    7. Making the paintbrush behave
      6m 16s
    8. Erasing stroked paths
      3m 17s
    9. Painting with the new Blob brush
      6m 24s
    10. Refining filled paths with the Eraser
      4m 14s
    11. Painting independent paths
      3m 53s
    12. The Selection Limits Merge options
      3m 20s
    13. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 23s
    14. Snipping a brushed path
      4m 55s
    15. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 9s
    16. Heaping a stroke on an art brush effect
      4m 32s
    17. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 51s
  9. 1h 44m
    1. The computer art world’s dynamic duo
      1m 7s
    2. Copying and pasting pixels from Photoshop
      7m 21s
    3. Linking is efficient, embedding is not
      2m 47s
    4. Editing an image in Illustrator
      7m 30s
    5. Filtering an image in Photoshop
      6m 34s
    6. Adding a filter mask in Photoshop
      6m 25s
    7. Masking a woman from the background
      3m 49s
    8. Creating a sepia effect
      6m 37s
    9. Adding a second gradient map layer
      2m 13s
    10. Achieving a graphic effect with Levels
      8m 10s
    11. Preparing an image for use in Illustrator
      5m 46s
    12. The importance of image resolution
      9m 40s
    13. Placing and linking images
      4m 43s
    14. Managing linked images
      6m 18s
    15. Integrating an image into a design
      5m 12s
    16. A better way to wrap text
      7m 28s
    17. Previewing the trim size
      4m 25s
    18. Layer comps and editable text
      8m 42s
  10. 2h 11m
    1. Transparency is safe and fun
      1m 27s
    2. Introducing the translucent composition
      4m 39s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      5m 7s
    5. Defining an opacity mask
      7m 15s
    6. Using the Clip checkbox
      2m 41s
    7. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 20s
    8. The Multiply blend mode
      6m 8s
    9. Adding to an existing opacity mask
      7m 53s
    10. Blending between parallel groups
      7m 27s
    11. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      4m 54s
    12. Employing an opposing gradient mask
      7m 57s
    13. Combining Multiply and Screen
      3m 49s
    14. Blend mode roundup
      5m 24s
    15. Mixing blend modes inside a single path
      3m 48s
    16. Blend mode and transparent gradient
      3m 49s
    17. Masking an entire layer
      7m 0s
    18. Combining Screen with 100K Black
      7m 43s
    19. Knocking out a drop shadow
      5m 18s
    20. But will it print?
      3m 8s
    21. Working with the Flattener preview
      8m 44s
    22. Rasterizing an illustration in Photoshop
      9m 16s
    23. Super-rich blacks and raster effects
      3m 35s
    24. Exporting TIFF artwork from Illustrator
      7m 48s
  11. 58s
    1. Until next time

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