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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
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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