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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 saved my progress as precisely aligned clones.psd found inside the 29_smart_objects folder. In this exercise we're going to take all eight of our true clones. Every one of which links back to a single layer of text and we're going to transform all of these objects into a big watermark, and we're going to do that pretty simply actually just by applying a bevel and emboss effect and a fill opacity value of zero. However, here's the big problem even though I can apply that exact combination of features to a single layer if I wanted to, for example, I'll twirl open the middle group and I'll click on that top company layer right there so that this guy right there incidentally.
And then I'll click on the FX icon, I'll choose bevel and emboss and the default settings that I'm seeing right here are actually pretty darn good. I think I might take the size value down to five pixels, I definitely want an inner bevel incidentally, a depth of 100% so I'll take size down to five pixels, I'll leave angles set to 135, altitude of 30 is fine, the default gloss contour is fine, I'm also going to increase the brightness of my highlights because very bright highlights tend to stand out better, but I don't want to increase the intensity of the shadows because I don't want overly darken things up.
So those are some great settings, I think they'll work out fine, click OK in order to accept that modification and then I'm going to change that fill value there from 100% to 0% like so. Alright, so not hard, I can replicate that pretty easily if I need to, but for each and every layer I'm going to have to do that over and over again. I don't think so but here's the problem, let's go and undo those last two steps by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Z a couple of times in a row, Cmd+Option+Z on a Mac a couple of times. Problem is, if I twirl close this group and click on the group, notice Fx is dimmed, I can't apply a layer effect to a group which is an old problem inside of Photoshop and a very unpleasant problem as well and notice a also fill. So both of those options are cut off to me when working with groups. They are however available to me if I working with the smart object as we just saw a moment ago. And you might think, "Well, who cares, we're working with groups. So what is it matter for working with smart objects?" Well, we can put these groups inside of another smart object and then, just like that all of the sudden we once again have access to layer effects and fill opacity so I'll click on left, Shift+Click on right to select all three of them. Then I'll go up to the layers panel fly out menu, and I'll choose convert to Smart objects and we have one big smart object that's called left because that was the name of the top layer, I'll go ahead and call it watermark like so and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to accept that. I'm going to start things off by reducing the fill opacity value to zero, all the text disappears of course, because it's now transparent, I'll go down to the Fx icon and choose bevel and emboss.
And there's all my text. All of which has layer effects to pass as we're a face as I do, just like that. It's amazing that you can do this, so just remember, groups do not permit layer effects whereas smart objects do permit layer effects and what are smart objects but more intelligent groups. So I'm going to tab my way down to the size value, take it down to five pixels, then tab all the way down to my highlight mode, and I'll change that opacity value to 100%, click okay to accept the modification and there you have it. So remember, if groups are getting you down and they're not doing what you hope they do, use Smart objects instead. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how we can now, thanks to the fact we have these true clones, update the text in one fell swoop.
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