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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
Once you've applied effects there are a few things that you can do to play with them after the fact. I'm going to select my Right Spikes group, turn it on so I can see all my little spikes here. And I am going to Right-click on it once it's visible, once all these little spikes are visible, and I'm going to choose Convert To Smart Object. And then I'm going to go to the Filter menu. I'm going to choose Distort. And I'm going to choose Zigzag. And I'm going to leave it set at its default.
Which is going to create these little cool wavy lines here. And I'm going to click Okay. That's kind of fun. And I am going to next go to the Filter menu. And choose Blur > Gaussian Blur. And take the blur down a little bit, maybe to about, maybe not, maybe 20. 20 or so looks good. I'm going to go ahead and click Okay. Now, I know that I can take off the visibility of these effects by clicking the eye icon.
But if we go to the right of the name of this effect, we see this little icon. That allows us to control a little bit more of what this effect is doing. So for Gaussian Blur for example, I'm going to Double-click this icon. And this little pop up comes up giving us the Blending option. So one of the things we can do is take down the opacity for the effect. Turn it down a little if we wanted to, just kind of create this kind of smokey little air. Or, take this back up to 100 percent and use one of the Blending modes. So in this case I might try Linear Dodge.
And look at that. It kind of creates this inner glow, like these are kind of on fire a little bit. I love the way that looks. I'm going to go ahead and click Okay. Now, I might decide that my Gaussian Blur is a little too blurry. So what I could do is just Double-click on the words Gaussian Blur. And my settings come right back up, so I might take this down to a more modest, like 15, or so. And I could go ahead and click Okay, and there's that. So, even after you apply effects, there's so much more you can do with them.
You can reduce their opacity, you can change their Blending mode. And you can also go back into the effect and adjust the parameters, as long as you have applied those effects to a Smart object.
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