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Action anomalies

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Video: Action anomalies

All right gang, we have a lot to discuss in this exercise. I just want to basically show you some interesting actioning anomalies that you may want to be aware of. Things sometimes work differently in the world of actions, than they do in the world of Photoshop, as we are about to see. All right, so I have gone ahead and saved my progress. The image is called Everything is chrome.psd, and the action set is called My chrome world.atn, both found inside the 30_actions folder. And if you drop down to the bottom of the Actions palette to this final step right there, Set current adjustment layer, I want you to double click on it. Now bare in mind, when we created the Chrome colorizer right there, if I have to double click on it that would open up the Adjustment palette, which takes up way too much room on screen.

Action anomalies

All right gang, we have a lot to discuss in this exercise. I just want to basically show you some interesting actioning anomalies that you may want to be aware of. Things sometimes work differently in the world of actions, than they do in the world of Photoshop, as we are about to see. All right, so I have gone ahead and saved my progress. The image is called Everything is chrome.psd, and the action set is called My chrome world.atn, both found inside the 30_actions folder. And if you drop down to the bottom of the Actions palette to this final step right there, Set current adjustment layer, I want you to double click on it. Now bare in mind, when we created the Chrome colorizer right there, if I have to double click on it that would open up the Adjustment palette, which takes up way too much room on screen.

It has this huge amount of emptiness below it, and just see it gobbles up all of this area here and makes the image harder to see. So that's why I switched back to the Mask palette to make things narrower, and then I clicked over here in order to collapse a palette, so that we could go ahead and focus in our layers. Now what should happen then, you would think, is if I double click on Set current adjustment layer, which would permit me to modify my adjustment layer settings, if I do that, I'll display the Gradient Map dialog box, which I think is very, very interesting, because this dialog box is no longer available where adjustment layers are concerned inside of Photoshop CS4, but apparently it's still there. And I just love this about Photoshop. There is always these features that they didn't take out of the software. They just turned off our access to them, and this is one of them. So when you are modifying adjustment layers by way of actions, you are going to see old school dialog boxes, which I quite like, I have to say. Actually I think that's really great.

Anyway, I'm going to Cancel out of there. Now the Chrome effect is covering up everything, it is covering up the objects, and it's covering up the fabric as well, and I'm not recording by the way. I have stopped recording down here. What you would figure you'd do is you would go ahead and Alt-click or Option-click this horizontal line in order to clip the Chrome effect into the objects, but if you do that, then all of the layer effects end up covering up the Chrome effect, and then what you are supposed to be able to do is double click on the layer in order to open up the Layer Style dialog box, and then you turn off, Blend Clipped Layers as Group, which doesn't do anything, and then you turn on Blend Interior Effects as Groups. So both of those have to be changed. Because notice, if you leave them both on, you will end up getting this effect here, and if you leave them both off, you will end up getting this effect here, and if you have this guy on and this guy off, you will get this effect. In other words, it always looks the same, unless this is off, and this is on.

Of course, you can turn off Transparency Shapes Layer, and you can get this wacky effect right there if you want, there is no reason you'd want that. Anyway, this so isn't right, because we are actually tracking the shadow effects over the chrome, so we have got black shadows instead of yummy orange shadows, which is what I want. And we have got some white highlights where we should have more blue in those highlights. So we are kind of ruining the effect is what it comes down to. So go ahead and Cancel out of there, and compare that with not having any clipping what so ever. That's a very different effect.

In fact, let me do it this way. Let's go ahead and clip it again, and let's go ahead and change those settings like so, because it is not going to hurt anything. So we'll go ahead and turn on Blend Interior Effects as Group, and turn off Blend to Clip Layers as Group. Click OK, and now note the difference. I want you to see this because it really is a big difference. And you might decide there might be some kind of effect you are looking for, where this is better, but I don't think it's better where this specific effect is concerned. So I'm going to Alt-click or Option-click on that divider line right there, and you can see that we get nicely saturated blues and oranges and so on, inside of our composition.

So what in the world do we do? Well, the easiest thing to do is to go ahead and render out our layer effects as independent layers, and then go ahead and clip Chrome colorizer to Rounded, because everything will be clipped to the rounded layer at that point, and I'll show you how that works because we have to be careful about on our approach in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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