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Backing off edits


Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Backing off edits

I've saved my changes as Better saturation.jpg. Now at this point, let's say you think you might have gone too far with your modifications, and you'd like to be able to see the original version of the image, so you can do that before-and-after comparison. Well I can't revert, because I just got done saving this image. So the saved version is the same as what I'm seeing on screen. If I go to the History panel and scroll down, you'll see that it's one application of the Sponge tool after another followed by two applications of the Burn tool, I've completely lost all my Dodge tool states.
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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 33s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 46s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 18s
    1. The best way to work
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 16s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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17h 33m Beginner May 07, 2010

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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download Deke's free dekeKeys and color settings from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Assembling photorealistic compositions
  • Understanding image size and resolution
  • Correcting the brightness and color of images
  • Creating accurate selection outlines
  • Retouching and healing photos
  • Mastering layers and effects
  • Printing and exporting to the web
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Deke McClelland

Backing off edits

I've saved my changes as Better saturation.jpg. Now at this point, let's say you think you might have gone too far with your modifications, and you'd like to be able to see the original version of the image, so you can do that before-and-after comparison. Well I can't revert, because I just got done saving this image. So the saved version is the same as what I'm seeing on screen. If I go to the History panel and scroll down, you'll see that it's one application of the Sponge tool after another followed by two applications of the Burn tool, I've completely lost all my Dodge tool states.

Not to mention the flipped original version of this image, had I not taken the time to go ahead and create this flipped original snapshot right there, and I'll move this up a little more, so we can see the entire panel, which means that I can click on it to go back to my original flipped version of the image. So this is what it looked like when we more or less started this project and if I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z, this is what it looks like now. It looks brighter, obviously there's more work to be done, and it was too dark to start with, but I think the new eyes are a little too bright.

So let's say you just want to slightly back things off. Why then you make sure that Flipped Original state is set as your History Brush Source state, as it is for me, you just click in that little slot to do that. Then hide that History panel and switch to the History Brush like so, and then I'm going to increase the size of my Brush and I'm going to paint across the eyes. Now if I do that, I'm painting in the original eyes. I don't want that, so I'll press Ctrl+Z, Command +Z on the Mac, I just want to brush in a little bit of the original image.

So I'll reduce the Opacity value. You can do that from the keyboard by just pressing the number keys. So for example, I'll press the 2 key in order to reduce the Opacity value to 20%, and then I'll paint over the eyes and it's not going to make much of a difference at a time, which is why we're working so low, so that you can paint multiple times if you have to. So I painted once on the right-hand eye here, my left eye and then I painted twice on the left side, and I end up achieving this result here. So that's pretty straightforward. You can play around with that.

Just make sure that you have that option available to you, so you can go back and forth with your modifications, because you have to bear in mind, you're working on a flat image, so you're making distractive modifications. That is, you are changing the colors of pixels permanently inside of this photograph. What if you don't want to work that way? What if you want to work with layers? Well, you're not going to get exactly the same results, but you can try Dodging and Burning with layers with some degree of success and I'll show you how. What you do is we'll go over to Layers panel by going up to the Fly-out menu and choosing the New Layer command or pressing Ctrl+Shift+N Command+Shift+N on the Mac and I'll go ahead and call this guy Overlay paint.

The reason is we're going to set it to the Overlay Blend mode, so go ahead and do that right now, choose from the Mode pop-up menu, Overlay. It's the same as choosing Overlay from the top left pop-up menu in the Layers panel, only you do it as you create the layer. Then click OK. It's going to be an Empty layer set to Overlay as you see right there. Now, I'm going to switch over to the Brush tool. Go ahead and click on it, and increase the size of that Brush, make sure it's soft. We want a hardness value of 0%, Size I might take up to 100 pixels, even bigger, and then I'll press the Enter key a couple of times to hide that panel, and now I'm going to switch my background and foreground colors.

Essentially, if I paint with black, I'm going to get a kind of burn effect and that's going to look absolutely ridiculous. That's because our Opacity for this layer is 100%, we can back that off. It is a good idea to paint at 100% Opacity though generally speaking, because most times, you'll want to control the opacity of the entire layer from the Layers panel. Anyway, that's kind of a burn effect although a little bit over the top and then if you want a kind of Dodge effect, then you switch the foreground and background colors and you paint with white. So I'll paint over the eyes like so and of course my goodness, I couldn't have brighter lights being fired directly into my eyes.

That's why I would reduce this Opacity value to something like 10, and then press the Enter or Return key a couple of times. So this is without that layer, this is with that layer, and it does provide a certain degree of brightening. Now, the reason is not quite as good as the Dodge and Burn tools. As I'll go ahead and click on the Dodge tool, it's very much like it used to be back in the old days with Protect Tones turned off. So you do have to be very careful with these Overlay Paint Layers. In other words, keep their opacity way down and if you need to pile them on top of each other, go ahead and do it.

But an Opacity of 10% is about as high as you want to go, you might take it down to something like 5, or something in that neighborhood or check this out. I'm just going to go ahead and delete the contents of this layer by pressing Ctrl+A which selects the entire layer. That's the same as going Select All. And you can't see it because I'm so zoomed-in, but we now have marching ants around the entire image. Then press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of that whiteness. I'm going to go ahead and zoom-in again, and show you that another thing you might want to do after pressing Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac to deselect the image, as you might want to brighten the eyes.

So this technique works great for brightening eyes and brightening smiles. You select the eyes or the mouth, you go ahead and feather that selection and then you fill it with white on a greatly reduced opacity overlay layer. I'll go ahead and do it to my eyes here using the Elliptical Marquee tool. So I'll drag around the top of the eye like so, use the Spacebar in order to get that selection into position. That looks pretty good to me, we don't have to be too exacting, and then I'm going to move things down a little bit and press Shift+Alt or Shift+Option on the Mac.

And notice when you have those two keys down, you switch to this final icon up here in the Options Bar which finds the intersection of two selections. So Shift+Alt+Drag or Shift+Option+ Drag on the Mac around this area, and I'm using the Spacebar in order to orient this selection outline a little bit as well. Then release and you'll find the intersection of those two selections. Now I can't select the other eye yet, because there's no way to add this loss in shape. In other words, I could do this. I could add by Shift+Dragging.

But then if I Shift+Alt or Shift+ Option+Drag like so, I'd lose that eye. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Alt+Z a couple of times, Command+Option+Z a couple of times on the Mac to restore the left-hand eye. I'll go up to the Select menu, choose Modify, choose the Feather command, Ctrl+Alt+D or Command+Option+D if you've loaded dekeKeys, change the Feather Radius to a value of 2 pixels. That's great, click OK. Then I will fill that area with white by pressing Alt+Backspace, or Option+Delete on the Mac because my foreground color is currently white.

So that's Alt+Backspace or Option+ Delete on the Mac, Ctrl+D, Command+D on the Mac in order to deselect the image. So this is what the image looks like without that layer, this is what it looks like with that layer. If that's not enough, you can take it higher. I really wanted to emphasize the effect, I could take it up to 20% for example; looks pretty good actually. Then I'll go ahead and drag around this eye like so, and Shift+Alt+Drag or Shift+Option+Drag around the bottom portion using the Spacebar to help me orient. And then once I'm done with that, I would go back to the Select menu, choose Modify, choose the feather command again, Ctrl+Alt+D, Command+Option+D on the Mac, Feather Radius: 2 pixels, click OK, Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete in order to fill that selection with white and then click off in order to deselect the image, and we end up having these very bright eyes.

I think it's a little too much quite frankly, we need a little bit of that darkness restored. So I'm going to take that Opacity value down to 10% and because my Marquee tool is still selected, I can do that from the keyboard just by pressing the 1 key. Notice that takes the Opacity of the entire layer down to 10% now. So this is what the eyes look like without that layer, this is what they look like with that layer. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to lighten your load by getting rid of eye bags. Stay tuned!

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Q: While following along to the tutorial, my copy of Bridge does not have the same Export options as shown in the video. Why are these options missing in my copy?
A: For some reason, Bridge CS5 shipped without the Export options. They were included when Bridge updated to version 4.0.1. Updating Bridge will restore the export options.
Q: While following along with the exercises, next to the background layer on my Layers panel \, it shows a brush instead of the small picture, as it does in the video. What can I do to fix this? I erased the exercise files and started over, but it still shows the paintbrush.
A: This will occur if the Layers panel preview is turned off. To fix this, right-click in the empty gray area below the Background layer. Then choose Large Thumbnails. The thumbnail previews should come back immediately.
Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets/Keyboard Shortcuts

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
Q: How do I load the color workflow setting for this course? I downloaded the exercise files, and when I attempt to load the setting into Photoshop, they don't appear in the Finder.

A: These days, it's easier to assign the workflow settings manually. In Photoshop, choose Edit > Color Settings. Then change the first RGB setting to Adobe RGB, and click OK.

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