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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
I've saved my progress as Freaky symmetrical man.psd. In this exercise, we need to make this background neutral. Notice that it's a little bit pink, a little bit yellowish as well. So, we need to cool it down and at the same time though we need to avoid cooling down his face too much. We're going to apply our modifications inside of Camera RAW and they will affect because both the right and left Smart Objects are linked to the same Camera RAW image, they will affect both of our true clones. So, double-click on either Smart Object thumbnail. It doesn't matter which one you go with in order to display the Camera RAW dialog box and we now see the smirky right half of the guy's face at the same time here.
As I say I want to neutralize that background so I am going to grab my White Balance tool and I'm just going to click someplace in the background. These are the settings I end up with. The Temperature value of -6, I could change that to -5 and then a Tint value of 5. Now, that's making his face too pink. So I am going to switchover to this fourth panel of options HSL/Grayscale. I'll switch to the Hue panel and I want to take the Reds and orange him up a little bit. So, I'll just go ahead and drag this Reds value up to +40 let's say and that does give him more of an orangish hue.
It also helps even out some of the skin tones a little bit so that they're not quite as modeled. Then I'll move over to Saturation and I am going to take both of the Reds value and the Oranges value up to +30 in order to enhance the saturation of his face. That's it, that's all I am going to do and I am going to click OK. It's going to blow it. I forgot about something but this is useful to demonstrate the forgetting of it. I'll click OK. Remember, how every time you modify your Camera RAW settings, not only did I modify both halves of the guy's face so the true clone thing worked yeah.
But I also messed up my layer masks, because the Camera RAW modification went ahead and automatically change that layer mask for me. Thank you so much for that wonderful, wonderful automated modification. That has messed everything up Photoshop. So, I am going to have to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that change. So, we are back to our old Camera RAW settings and unlink both of the layer masks. That's a solution. I would have been better off as I say doing this in advance but couldn't because I forgot. So, let's go ahead and turn off link and link both of the Link options.
It's very important that you snag both of them there. Now, I'll go ahead and double-click on either one of the Smart Object thumbnails and let's replicate our settings in if I am lucky at all here. I'll bring up this flyout menu and choose Previous Conversion and it will remember what I just did and it does. Look at that, Temperature -5, Tint +5 so all is not lost. If I switch over here to HSL/Grayscale I can see in the Saturation panel that Reds and Oranges are both set to +30. Happy day, I'll click OK in order to apply those changes and this time it didn't mess up the layer masks because they weren't linked to our Camera RAW modifications.
Isn't that just the freakiest thing inside of this freaky file? Now, just for a fun let's see what it would look like if we replicated the guy's right half of his face? So, in other words we made his face symmetrical around the right half and I'll do that by clicking on the right layer mask for starters and I'll press Ctrl+I or Command+I on the Mac to invert that layer mask. You can see we're now seeing the right half of his face on top of the left half if I were to turn it off. So, his left half is still visible in the background. I'll turn right half back on, click on the layer mask associated with the left layer and press Ctrl+I or Command+I on the Mac and that goes ahead and creates a different, even freakier I think and even smugger version of this symmetrical man right here.
My gosh! Doesn't that make you want to run screaming? Now, the good news is that we don't have to do anything with the Smart Filters because they're not really applied to the right half of his face. So, they are not really in effect at this point in time, but everything is looking super good. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to create a live text layer that automatically inverts everything behind it.
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