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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 now before I go any further because I have some more exciting news to pass along in terms of what you can do with Smart Filters, I would be remiss if I didn't provide you with a few warnings here. Now my image has broken down in a very interesting way and just in case you start to experience problems, I want you to know how to solve those problems. So I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Effects unite.psd because we have all of these parametric modifications working together to become more powerful than ever before but things are breaking as well.
So I'm going to go ahead and zoom out from my image and you can see that my drop shadows doing this really weird wonky thing like it's become a marquee at both the top and the bottom of my composition and it shouldn't be that way at all. So it would just be a single line going across the top and a double line going across the bottom. We just saw in the previous exercise how it's supposed to look. But I went ahead and closed the image and opened it back up and was greeted by this problem. Well, here is the culprit and this is new to Photoshop CS4, and so far as I can determine all the problems that I'm about to show you are new to Photoshop CS4. So we have some new bugs that have popped up. We can now link Smart Objects and layer masks together inside Photoshop CS4, somehow these two became unlinked and as a result the Drop Shadow effect went wonky.
To reinstate the proper Drop Shadow effect, I'll just go ahead and link the two together once again and now we have the effect that I'm looking for. Now then, why did that happen? Because if you take a look at the previous versions of this composition, you will see that they were linked together in the first place. Well check this out, watch this. this is actually going to send things into a dither in a couple of different ways. When I grab this Add Noise filter right there and moved it to a different location in the stack, like so, I unlink the Smart Object and its layer mask. I don't know why and then when I turned the link back on, I lose my effects; my Reticulation and Poster Edges effects just go away.
So if you end up experiencing something like that then go ahead and move the filter back where it was. I would suggest in fact you just kind of back step by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Z or Command+Option+Z on the Mac. But what I'm going to do is do things manually. I'm going to move Add Noise down to the bottom of the stack like so and then that's going to unlink the layer again. Turn that link back on. Then turn off Poster Edges. That seems to make Reticulation come back which is a good thing and then I'll turn Poster Edges back on like so and now we've reinstated the effects, so you may end up encountering weird problems like that.
Now be very careful because I encountered yet another problem where after I have got done saving out my changes, I opened it back up and I got these little warnings saying the filters were not available to me anymore and I'm not sure what that's about. So I was able to get things back by restarting the program. There is obviously some gremlins at work where Smart Filters are concerned. Now does that rule out their utility? I don't think so. I find them to be very useful on a regular basis. This is the first time I have encountered problems personally but this is how you fix them in so far as I can gather.
In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to apply a Smart Filter to live editable text.
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