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Completing a work of photorealistic art

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In this final movie we'll go ahead and reassemble the shield, as well as the other layers inside this composition, in order to create this final photorealistic illustration. So the first thing we need to do is combine all the shape layers into a Smart Object. So click on the star layer to make it active, then scroll down the list and Shift+Click on the red 2 layer in order to select all the shape layers in the Layers panel. And then, assuming that your Rectangular Marquee tool is selected, right-click inside of the Image window and choose Convert to Smart Object. And that goes ahead and combines all the shape layers into a single Smart Object; so one Smart Object in Photoshop can contain multiple layers.

Completing a work of photorealistic art

In this final movie we'll go ahead and reassemble the shield, as well as the other layers inside this composition, in order to create this final photorealistic illustration. So the first thing we need to do is combine all the shape layers into a Smart Object. So click on the star layer to make it active, then scroll down the list and Shift+Click on the red 2 layer in order to select all the shape layers in the Layers panel. And then, assuming that your Rectangular Marquee tool is selected, right-click inside of the Image window and choose Convert to Smart Object. And that goes ahead and combines all the shape layers into a single Smart Object; so one Smart Object in Photoshop can contain multiple layers.

I'll go ahead and rename this new layer shield, because after all that's what it is. And now I'll copy the layer effects in the smart filters from the pre-existing shield layer by dragging the word effects and dropping it onto the new shield layer; and that will go ahead and move those effects as you see. You have to move the smart filters independently by dragging and dropping them as well. And then go ahead and click on the old shield layer and press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of it, because after all we're done with it. Now turn on the polish layer and click on it to make it active, and then go up to the Layer menu and choose Create Clipping Mask in order to clip it inside the shield layer.

Now let's go ahead and turn the other layers on by clicking in front of lens flare, and then click and drag in front of the brush and splash layers as well in order to bring them back. So at this point every single layer inside the composition should be turned on. Now click on the Shield layer to make it active; and the last step is to add a little bit of a glow to the shield, and I'll do that using another application of Gaussian Blur. So go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur in order to bring up the Gaussian Blur dialog box. And dial-in Radius value of 10 pixels--you don't have to enter .0 if you don't want to--and then click OK.

Now that looks like an awful lot of blur, but you can tone it down by blending the Blur Effect with the previous version of the shield. And you do that inside of the Layers panel. Notice my list of smart filters now includes two applications of Gaussian Blur, and these smart filters are analogous to dynamic effects inside of Illustrator. The big difference is that they are stacked in a more logical way. So instead of the most recently-applied version of a dynamic effect being at the bottom of the list, the most recent application of a smart filter is at the top of the list.

So this Gaussian Blur right there is thr 10- pixel blur we just applied, and this version of Gaussian Blur down below is the 2-pixel blur that we applied a few movies ago. Now notice these two slider icons on right-hand side, they allow you to change the Blend settings. Go ahead and double-click on the top of the two slider icons in order to bring up the blending options for the most recent application of Gaussian Blur, and change the Opacity value to 25%. So another great thing about smart filters, versus dynamic effects, is that you can change their blend settings including not only an Opacity value, but you could change the Blend mode as well. And for example if I were to choose Screen, I would create a brighter effect.

That's not what I am looking for though, so I'm going to stick with Normal. So we've got the mode set to Normal and Opacity of 25%, then click OK in order to apply that effect. And that's it. Now I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode, and I'll go ahead and press Ctrl++ or Command ++ a couple of times in order to zoom in; and that is the final version of the superhero shield, which you and I have managed to create from scratch by combining the powers of the two most powerful graphics programs on the planet: Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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