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Photoshop Smart Objects explores the creation and use of Smart Objects, one of the most technically demanding tools in Photoshop. Deke McClelland walks through the four primary purposes of Smart Objects, and focuses on one of their most practical advantages, non-destructive transformations. This feature allows any object to be manipulated in any way, while still maintaining its original pixel information. Finally, Deke shows how to crop compositions without affecting a single pixel, even in masks. Exercise files accompany this course.
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I've gone ahead and saved my progress for what it's worth, as Horizontal lines man.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. I'm going to go ahead and turn off Halftone Pattern here, because we've got in the sense what's going on with the sketch filters. And I'm going to turn on Filter Gallery once again. And let's say we want to throw on one more filter, try out a three filter combo here inside the Filter Gallery. Go ahead and double- click on that Filter Gallery. And notice you're going to get the error message. unless you said Don't show again to it, but otherwise you're going to get that error message.
It says you're not going to see the Halftone Pattern effect, which is turned off anyway. You're just going to see it from Filter Gallery down, and you know what? I'll say OK, but I'm immediately going to cancel out of this dialog box, because what is the point then of having Halftone Pattern on top? If I'm not going to have it turned on, I might as well move it underneath. In fact, we might as well move all the off effects underneath all the on effects, so they're not causing us those problems. Just put them down here or just throw them away. If you don't want them, you can right click and choose Delete Smart Filter.
But I'm going to keep them, because they're awfully interesting. But let's put them underneath, so I can double-click on Filter Gallery without Photoshop complaining to me, and then I'm going to move this guy over so I can see him. Let's try out a few different effects that we might apply. I'm going to click on the little page icon to add yet another filter, so we'll have a three filter combo, with this new one on top, just because I've played around in advance here. I'm going to start things off with an artistic filter called Palette Knife and this works really well. Check this out. I'm going to zoom out.
I love this effect. I might actually make a t-shirt with this effect, just because it's so wicked cool, and it's so ambiguous. It could be interpreted any which way, I just love it. Anyway, let's say though you know whatever you want to keep playing around. You could adjust to Settings too. I'm not going to into how all the settings works. I'll let you play around with them. They're pretty well labeled actually. All right, let's switch to a different one here. Let's try out, I think this is a Brush Stroke that I'm looking for, Crosshatch. Check this one out. Go ahead and zoom in on it this time, because this one looks really great zoomed.
So you can see that we have these diagonal crosshatch strokes going on, and watch what happens if I turn off Graphic Pen. That looks awesome. Now that's a patchwork for you, right there. Unlike that patchwork we saw before, which was actually mosaic tiles. But this is a very cool effect in my opinion. All right, let's go ahead and turn Graphic Pen back on and let's try out yet another one. Down here in the Sketch Filter area, we've got this guy Photocopy, and I went ahead and clicked on it to switch out Crosshatch with Photocopy.
What I like about Photocopy is it helps to thicken up these Graphic Pen strokes. So this is what the effect look like without Photocopy; this is what it looks like with Photocopy. Now Graphic Pen looks better on screen. I'll give you that, but if we were to print this image, we're going to start losing these single pixel strokes that are going on here and that's because they're only going to be a 300th of an inch thick or whatever. I'm not sure what the resolution of this image is set to. It might be 240 pixels per inch. But whenever it is, these are going to be just these tiny little hairlines that are probably going to drop out.
So Photocopy is going to help us thicken them up. They're going to be more likely to print. So they might not look good on screen, but they'll look better in print is my thinking anyway. We do get these weird little sort of fuzzy white things inside the shadow regions. So inside big areas of shadow, you get these Gaussian Blur drop-offs, so inside the nostrils for example. I guess that's the idea behind the whole Photocopy thing is that's the stuff that dropped out, whatever. I like it otherwise. So I'll click OK, and we can actually work with these little soft cotton balls.
I'm going to go ahead and zoom in and what I'm going to do is double-click on the slider icon right there for Filter Gallery, to bring out the Blending Options dialog box and I will change the blend mode from Normal to Multiply. And so that way everything that's white is going to drop out, everything that's black is going to darken the stuff behind it, and we'll have an integrated effect like this one right here. Click OK. So basically what I'm trying to do is encourage you to experiment at least with the idea in mind that you can't harm the image.
You can do anything you want without fear of messing up a darn thing, except your schedule. Of course, if you start playing around inside of Filter Gallery too long, you're going to look on your watch and notice that it's two hours later and you haven't got anything done. So just bear in mind, it can be a real time drain. But if you set things up, so that you get in an effect you like, before you get started adding Filter Gallery filters, and then you just keep going back and forth in there, trying out different blend modes, you can have a lot of fun and achieve successful effects even.
In the final exercise of this entire series, I'm going to go ahead and finish off the effect for real.
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