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Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters

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Video: Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters

I saved my progress as Filter Gallery combo.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. In this exercise, I'm going to show you something that can happen with the Sketch filters that can create a little bit of a hitch in your workflow, and how to solve the problem. Imagine you are sitting there working away inside your image, and I'm going to turn off this Filter Gallery filter for just a moment here so that we can restore this version of the guy, which is ever so great in my opinion. And I'm going to change my foreground color, in front of my Color palette.

Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters

I saved my progress as Filter Gallery combo.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. In this exercise, I'm going to show you something that can happen with the Sketch filters that can create a little bit of a hitch in your workflow, and how to solve the problem. Imagine you are sitting there working away inside your image, and I'm going to turn off this Filter Gallery filter for just a moment here so that we can restore this version of the guy, which is ever so great in my opinion. And I'm going to change my foreground color, in front of my Color palette.

Notice that I am working with HSB sliders, Hue, Saturation, Brightness. If you're following along with me and you want to try that out, go to the Color palette flyout menu, and choose this guy right there, HSB sliders. All right! I'm going to enter Red for my Hue value, which is 0 degrees, and then I'm going to go with a Saturation of 100 and a Brightness value of 100 as well, which will give us very vivid red. And I will leave my background color set to White. Although you could change it to something else if you want to. But this will give us enough of a sense of what's going on. Now, I'll go to the Filter menu.

Notice that I have the Photograph Smart Object selected, and I'll go down to Sketch. Remember the yellow filters bring up the Filter Gallery. Remember also that your commands are not going to appear in color unless you did this manually for yourself using the menus command. Anyway, I'll go to Sketch and I'm going to choose this guy, Halftone Pattern. Which does not create a halftone pattern, but it does create a cool thick dot pattern as we will see. Go ahead and choose it. It brings up the Filter Gallery of course. Let's go ahead and zoom over to this guy here. Wicked cool effect in my opinion.

I've got a Size value. Let's say we take up the Size value to something like 7. I actually like that quite a bit, and then you can adjust your Contrast to taste. I happen to like a Contrast value of about 30 here. Then you can choose your Pattern Type. You can go with a Circle if you prefer like that. That is so cool, look at that. That's awesome. And then you can go with something like a Line pattern if you prefer, which is also very great. This is actually a pretty cool filter I have to say. Here's what I want you to notice: red and white.

So despite the fact it shows up its black and white here inside of this little thumbnail, we're seeing red and white because it varies between the foreground color and the background color. All right. So all very well and good. But let's say you're looking at this and you go, oh, didn't mean to do that. I forgot my foreground color was set to Red, or you're just sitting and looking at it and go, why did this happen? But anyway, that's probably what you think. But if you remember this exercise, you might recall it's the foreground color that's the problem. So you probably think, you'd rightly think in my opinion. All right! I'll go ahead and click OK. That's fine.

Wow! Is that cool? That is so cool. I didn't expect that. That's just nifty. This is in part because we've got this filter mask applied. If I were to Shift+Click on the filter mask in order to turn it off, we would get the effect we saw inside the dialog box. But thanks to the filter mask. It's all mixing in with the original image. That is wicked, man. That is awesome. And I have to say that's the cool thing about playing with filters inside of Photoshop is sometimes you arrive at some very happy accidents.

And I wouldn't say its most of the time. Most of the time I think you're kind of wondering what to do next, but sometimes they're very fun. All right. But let's say that's not what I wanted. I'm going to Shift+Click on that filter mask and I'm looking at this and I'm thinking no, I wanted black-and-white. So you think, press the D key in order to reestablish the default colors and then double-click on Halftone Pattern and we saw it, right, when I double-clicked on the Clouds filter in a previous chapter, when it was assigned as a Smart Filter. Photoshop went ahead and reapplied the filter. It went ahead and updated that random effect.

So you would think Photoshop would update Halftone Pattern in order to take advantage of the new foreground and background colors, but it doesn't. If I were to switch this out for a different Sketch filter, it's still going to go with red and white because Photoshop is still remembering red and white where this specific filter effect is concerned. So it's always going to associate red and white with this specific application of whatever this filter was. So even if I go a Photocopy and I click OK, and that's not nearly so cool. Whatever I put in this slot right there is going to remember red and white.

So if I wanted to try something different, I would throw away Photocopy, like I'd right-click on it and choose Delete Smart Filter, or I can just turn it off. I can just click on its eyeball to hide it. But I'm going to go ahead and delete it just because I don't want too much clutter here. Now that black and white are my foreground and background colors. I'll go back up to the Filter menu. I'll drop-down to Sketch, I'll go ahead and choose Halftone Pattern because it was so wicked cool, and let's see what he looks like. Awesome! He is in black and white now. Click OK, and there you have it.

So just remember that where the Sketch Filters are concerned, they recall the foreground and background colors that you associate with them. That's actually an advantage. I think that's really a good thing. But it's just something that you have to bear in mind when you're working with the Filter Gallery here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop Smart Objects

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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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