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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 Effects and filters.psd. In this exercise, we're going to convert this Shape layer, this vector-based Shape layer to a Smart Object, and then we're going to duplicate this whole mess of effects and filters onto that Shape layer, and then we'll pick and choose what we want to keep. So go ahead and click on the lightning layer to make it active. Once again, by the way, if you try to go to the Filter menu and choose Blur, and choose Gaussian Blur, or any of the other filters, then you'll get an alert message telling you, hey, you've got to rasterize this before proceeding. Do you want to rasterize the shape? Of course that's not true.
You don't have to do that. It should also say, or you could convert this to a Smart Object if you wanted to. Anyway, Cancel out. What we're going to do is convert it to a Smart Object, in advance of course. So go up to the Layers panel flyout menu and then choose Convert to Smart Object, of if you loaded dekeKeys, press Ctrl+Comma, Cmd+Comma on the Mac. That goes ahead and turns it into a Smart Object. Now then, as opposed to going up to the Filter menu and choosing anything, just go ahead and grab this batch of Smart Filters right there and drag it onto the lightning layer. Now, don't drag it and drop it, because if you do that, then you'll actually move the filters onto the lightning layer and you'll move them off of the live type layer right there. That's no good.
So press Ctrl+Z, Cmd+ Z on the Mac to undo that. What I want you to do instead is Alt+ drag or Option+drag those Smart Filters and drag from the word Smart Filter, so you get all of them, and then drop, while you still have the Alt key or the Option key down, go ahead and drop the filters onto lightning. Now twirl open the lightning layer, and notice you've got this whole mess of filters applied. It's totally awesome. Now then, the one thing I don't want where these lightning bolts are concerned is Minimum. That's not doing me any good, because I don't need to make the lightning bolts thicker, they're already big massive chunky lightning bolts.
All I'm doing by making them a little bit thicker is I'm making the tip a little dull as it pierces Mr. Symmetry's shoulders, and I don't want that. So I'm going to go ahead and turn off Minimum. So that goes ahead and keeps the nice sharp points. Now, I'm going to mess around with Motion Blur some more. This is a crazy filter. So let's go to Motion Blur, the Motion Blur item, and double-click on its Settings icon. You might get that alert message saying, you're only going to see Motion Blur on down. You're not going to see everything up above, like Find Edges, for example.
Just click OK to move on. Then change the Opacity value to 100%, so we get this back and forth lightning blast right there. Click OK. So your mode should still be set to Screen, click OK. Now, let's try going the other direction. So in other words, with lightning still selected, I'm going to go up to the Filter menu and I'm going to choose Blur, and I'm going to choose Motion Blur. So you can apply as many helpings of each one of these filters as you like, which is a really great thing about working with Smart Filters incidentally.
You can't do that with layer Effects. So for example, you can't have one Drop Shadow going down into the right and another Drop Shadow going up into the left, because Photoshop only lets you apply one Drop Shadow per layer, which is actually a ridiculous limitation, really, but it's not a limitation with Smart Filters. So I'll choose Motion Blur. This time I'm going to say, you know what, Distance of a 100 pixels is fine, but I'm going to change the Angle this time to 90 degrees, so we've got up and down motion blur. Click OK in order to accept that.
Move Motion Blur, because every new filter gets thrown on the top of the stack, let's go ahead and move this guy down below Find Edges, so we have two Motion Blurs in a row before Find Edges. Now, double-click on the Settings icon for the top Motion Blur, because after all that would be the most recent one. Let's change the mode once again to Screen, so we get some interaction between these Motion Blurs. Is that not cool? Then click OK, and look what happened to Find Edges. Find Edges jumped on board and started finding edges all over the place, which is really actually pretty wicky cool and we end up getting this effect here.
All right, now then, let's go ahead and bring on over the Effects and see what happens, that is, I'm going to duplicate the Effects from the live type Smart Object layer to the lightning Smart Object layer. So go ahead and grab Effects. Actually, I'll press the Alt key first or the Option key on the Mac, then drag Effects and drop it; you should see a big fx icon there, drop it onto light, and it should go ahead and duplicate those items, like so, and we get this effect. So Outer Glow is all over that. Remember, the Outer Glow Effect is kind of orangish, and it's out there colorizing the Motion Blur like crazy.
We've also got Color Overlay out there colorizing. Because it's set to Screen, it's colorizing the Find Edges function right there. So we end up with just absolutely something that, I don't know, delights the sensibilities. I'll tell you this, I'm fairly surprised by it if nothing else. So if nothing else, Smart Filters can produce some intriguing effects. In the next exercise, we're going to begin the creation of something really special, what I call a magical pattern generating Smart Filters file. Stay tuned.
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