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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Okay, I'm still working inside of Yummy juice.psd. I have got two styles that I have created. They are not part of this image. You will have had to make them in the previous exercise to see them in the Styles palette and they include Liquid effect and also Beveled letters and now what I'm going to do is take the styles and apply them to the spokesboy layer right here. So that we can see how they behave and also how to modify the results. So I'll go ahead and twirl open this layer that includes spokesboy so that we can see all of the effects that are applied. I've got a Drop Shadow and the Inner Shadow and the Color Overlay. And you should note that, because Logo has a Drop Shadow, an Outer Glow and Bevel and Emboss. So it has two different styles, one the same, or at least one overlapping style, I should say.
And then Splatter has Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow. So two overlapping styles and then Bevel and Emboss, which is different. All right, and this becomes important in just a moment you will see. I Click on spokesboy and now let's go ahead and Click on the Liquid effect which we think is so orange, but notice, as soon as I Click on it, the orangeness in Max goes away, because we just got rid of the Color Overlay and that was the only thing about Max that was least bit orange. So now we have the Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow and Bevel and Emboss that are associated with Liquid effect and we lost the unique item, which was the Color Overlay. And we also have gone ahead and set Max to Screen, the Screen blend mode in a Fill value of 85%. I was telling you in a previous exercise, right? That the fact that this guy had Normal and 100% Fill is meaningless because if I now turn around and assign Beveled letters to this layer by Clicking on it, I'll change the Drop Shadow for a different Drop Shadow.
I will switch out Inner Shadow for Outer Glow and I'll change out the kind of Bevel and Emboss that's been applied, but it's still Screen and its still Fill 85%, even though I directed that effect to go ahead and save Normal at 100% Fill. It just didn't do it, because it ignores anything that's typical which is too darn bad. But anyway, this is what Max looks like when he is rendered out the screened logo effect. So it looks pretty ghostly actually. So I'll go ahead and undo that by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Z, Command+Option+Z on the Mac. There he is rendered in liquid, which is pretty cool. Ctrl+Alt+Z, Command+ Option+Z on the Mac to reinstate the original Max. Now here is something interesting, I think I have mentioned this before, but you have to keep your eye on the Layers palette. When you back step, Photoshop also will take you back to the layer that was active at that state. So you have to go back down and reselect spokesboy.
That will really bite you in the neck, if you don't watch out for that one. All right, so you can also in addition to replacing styles, you can add to them. So any styles that are the same will get replaced, because you can't have two Drop Shadows. So one Drop Shadow has to be replaced with the other Drop Shadow. But anything that's unique will remain like Color Overlay. Okay, so let's try that out. And you do that by pressing the Shift key and Clicking on one of these styles. So if you Shift+Click on the Liquid Effect style for example, you will go ahead and replace Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow, add Bevel and Emboss, and keep Color Overlay. And then you get an orange version of the very scary and mysterious liquid max right there.
Now notice that we have a total of four layer effects. That's because two of them were shared. All right, so I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on a Mac. Whereas if I Shift+ Click on the Beveled letters style right there, then I now how five layer effects, because we replaced Drop Shadow. I kept my old Inner Shadow effect. I added Outer Glow, I added Bevel and Emboss and I kept my old Color Overlay, then we end up getting this version of Max right there, which is cool. He is kind of wrapped in something. He is protected. He has his own force field now, thanks to his beverage. I don't want that, but I just wanted to show you how that works. Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac.
Okay, one other thing that I think is really important. I was telling you in the previous exercise that these styles are saved along with Photoshop. They are not saved along with the image; they are saved as Presets. There is a lot of different Presets. I've showed you tool presets when we were talking about saving out formatting attributes with the Type tool. We've got Gradients that are Presets, all kinds of things. The Contours can be Presets. So these things are easy to lose however. So you might want to go ahead and protect your Presets and I'm going to show you how to save them in the next exercise.
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