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Applying a Filter Gallery filter

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I am still working inside Excellent textures.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. The only thing I have done is to turn off the Clone layer, just so as you know and I went ahead and clicked on the photograph layer, so that we can modify it. Now, let's go ahead and apply a Filter Gallery filter and see the first big advantage associated with Filter Gallery filters, which is that you can switch them out. You can change your mind. You can select your filter, switch it for a different filter, which is not something you can do normally. For example, if I don't like the Mezzotint filter right here, there is no way for me to select it and replace it with a different filter or like right-click on it and choose from a filter list or choose switch for some other filter or anything like that.

Applying a Filter Gallery filter

I am still working inside Excellent textures.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. The only thing I have done is to turn off the Clone layer, just so as you know and I went ahead and clicked on the photograph layer, so that we can modify it. Now, let's go ahead and apply a Filter Gallery filter and see the first big advantage associated with Filter Gallery filters, which is that you can switch them out. You can change your mind. You can select your filter, switch it for a different filter, which is not something you can do normally. For example, if I don't like the Mezzotint filter right here, there is no way for me to select it and replace it with a different filter or like right-click on it and choose from a filter list or choose switch for some other filter or anything like that.

So, if I thought better of Mezzotint and I wanted it to replace it with something else, I would have to turn off Mezzotint or throw it away and then go up to the Filter menu and apply a different filter. Whereas, when you are working inside the Filter Gallery, you can swap things out as much as you want. So, I am going to go up to the Filter menu. Now you can choose Filter Gallery, but then you are going to have to click on that little page icon to make a new filter and I will show you that in just a minute, but it takes an extra step to get the filters going or you could just choose one of these commands that I have highlighted in yellow again, here on screen.

So, this is the thing you should know if nothing else, the very first submenu, every single one of the commands brings up the Filter Gallery. So, if you ever just want to bring up the Filter Gallery, have a filter setting there ready to go and start poking around, then just choose a random command from the Artistic submenu. So, I will choose Neon Glow, which is about the ugliest one there is, but I will go ahead and choose it anyway and now, I am going to go ahead and zoom out by pressing Ctrl+Minus or Command+ Minus a couple of times. Wow dude! It's black light. That's because their Glow Color is very oddly set to blue by default.

So you could click on it to bring up the Color Picker and you could switch it out with something that makes sense, like I don't know, yellow and we could go with that default outer glow color, which is 60 for Hue, 25 for Saturation and 100% for black. That's how outer glow and inner glow for that matter are set by default. Then click OK and you will get this kind of glow effect there, which is interesting, I guess, if you are out of your mind, but you might find a use for it, I am not sure. That goes for all of the filters. They are all big maybes frankly, but some of them are better than others, some of them make me awfully happy.

Now, the tie that binds. In case you are wondering, well, why are these filters part of the Filter Gallery? They were all filters that were purchased, a big purchase by Adobe when Adobe purchased Silicon Graphics. They got these filters here and they were part of this package called Gallery Effects back in the old days. There was no Filter Gallery back then, but for some reason they were called Gallery Effects, like they were going to be things that you could hang in a gallery. They would kind of marketed as filters that turned any photograph into a work of art, that kind of thing.

Now, they exist here. They are all exclusively compatible with RGB. I should tell you that. They don't work in CMYK, they don't work in LAB, you should just know. You should also know, in case you hear me being sort of curmudgeonly against them every once and while, when they first came out I gave them a two star review in Macworld magazine. Rather deservedly so, in my opinion to this day. There were some astounding filters at that time and these are the ones that we ended up getting here, but even though they are a ragtag collection, they are free, they come with Photoshop so I would give them a much higher rating these days. You don't have to purchase them and some of them are actually really cool and we are going to build a nifty effect out of them.

So, I am going to twirl open Texture here and as I say these are all the filters that exist inside the Artistic submenu, these are all the filters that exist inside the Brush Strokes submenu, these are all the ones in the Distort submenu, all three of them. This is the one from the Stylize submenu. Bleh! What a bad one! Anyway, you also have the option, incidentally, of clicking this double-up arrow icon which will hide all those little previews, because you are going to access every single one of these filters from this big list here, all 47 of them, as I say.

I have counted them. Then you have got your settings that you can adjust right here and then you have got your little filter list which is showing you Neon Glow. Neon Glow is currently active. You can turn it off if you want to view the image before we applied the filter and then turn it on to view the image after you have applied the filter and if you want to add more filters to your list, you come down here to this little page icon and click to make a new effect layer. Supposedly these are layers, whatever. Anyway, I am going to bring back up my list of filters here and I am going to click on Patchwork.

Patchwork I love, check that out. These cool mosaics it creates and I am going to go ahead and zoom in on this face right there and then I am going to increase the Square Size to something like 8 pixels across, like so and you can also adjust the Relief if you want. So, the good news is some of the filters are really great and we are going to, obviously, have our own subjective preferences by the way, you and me, and you are going to have this great preview over here on the left-hand side. It is absolutely accurate and you can add more filters if you want to and you can switch out the filters.

So notice just by clicking any different filter that comes with the little thumbnail preview, which is awfully useful. I wish all the filters had that. Then you can switch one filter out for another, right here in the list and then once you have got the filter you want applied, which will have a decent effect, you click OK in order to apply it to the image and it's going to be integrated with everything else that's going on. So in other words, this Patchwork filter is modified by the filter mask, just like all the other filters here, Mezzotint and Variations which are turned on, and if you want to you can change your Blending settings by double-clicking on the little slider icon right there and that will bring up your Blending Options for Patchwork in our case because we have just applied the Patchwork filter and you can change your blend mode and Opacity settings if you want to.

I don't. I am pretty happy with this. So I will just cancel out and that is the first of a handful of Filter Gallery effects that we are going to be applying in the next couple of exercises.

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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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