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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.
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So here I am back inside the final Martini Hour banner.psd file. You may recall the purplish glow that comprises this Lens Flare in the upper right corner, as well as just sort of this general gooey-glowiness over here in the bottom left. The layers that are responsible for that are these. I will press the F7 key in order to bring up the Layers panel. I want you to see the Splash Layer right there, along with the darken and purplish Adjustment Layers that are clipped to it. I am going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on the eyeball in front of that Splash Layer, and you will see, this is what the glow looks like.
Go ahead and press the F7 key to hide the Layers panel once again. There is the Lens Flare, very bright, and there is some blue stuff that's coming off the Lens Flare. And then I have a little bit of brightness, sort of grayness really, over here. Otherwise, it's just a big black blob. Well, because I applied the Screen Mode to that big black blob, everything that's truly black drops away. Anything that's not black casts a glow. So if it's very dark, it casts a very slight glow.
If it's very bright, it casts a very bright glow. This may seem like a strange way to work at first, but it actually comes in quite handy and allows you to constrain your modifications inside of your layered compositions. So I will walk you through how to put this together. I will go ahead and Alt+Click or Option +Click on this eyeball again, just to reestablish that composition. Then, I am going to switch forward to the Splash.tif file, that is available to you inside of your 10_layers folder. I am going to press Shift+Tab to bring back some of my panels here.
The panel I really need is the Channels panel, which is kind of smooshed. So I am going to double-click next to Masks in order to collapse the Adjustments panel. And then I will double-click next to Paths in order to expand the Channels panel. And then I will go ahead and Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the RGB thumbnail in order to load the entire image as a selection outline. So basically what's happening here, I will go ahead and press Shift+Tab to get rid of my panels for a moment, what's happening here is Photoshop has gone ahead and selected the Highlights, deselected the Shadows and of course its incrementally selecting all the grays in between.
And now what I am going to do is I am going to press the F7 key to restore my Layers panel for a moment. I am going to create a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N, Command+Shift+N on the Mac. I will call it splash and then I will click OK. Now, with the Splash Layer active, and in fact, you know what, just so we are not too confused by things, I am going to turn off the Background Layer, so it's not interfering with our ability to see what's going on here. I am going to press the D key to reestablish black as my foreground color. Because it was formerly 15% gray.
I will press Alt+Backspace or Option+ Delete to fill the selection with black and then press Ctrl+D or Command+D to deselect the image. We have our black blob in all of its beauty. Now let's take said blob and let's move it into the Blended starfield.psd file. So I will press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac. Drag this guy up to the Title tab. Bring him back into the Image window, after the image is switched. Press the Shift key.
So I have Ctrl+N+Shift down, Command+ N+Shift down on the Mac and release. And the blob is centered inside of the image. Now, I don't want him to be exactly centered, I want to nudge him. In order to nudge a layer, you have to have the Ctrl key down or the Command key down on the Mac, so that you are invoking the Move Tool. I want to nudge it a fair distance, so I am going to have Shift down as well. So if you are on the PC, I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow six times in a row, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. If you are working on the Mac, I want you to press Command+Shift+Right Arrow six times in a row.
I just happened to know this is where this thing needs to be located. And then, after you get done doing that, on the PC press Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow five times in a row, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. On the Mac, I want you to press Command+Shift+Up Arrow five times in a row. And then you have the black blob in exactly the right location. Now, who would know, of course, because it's such an amazingly black blob that it's completely preventing us from seeing half of our artwork. But we are going to remedy that, believe it or not. I am going to go ahead and bring up the F7 key. I am going to change the Blend Mode associated with Splash to Screen.
So I was telling you, screen drops out black. So this layer will immediately become completely invisible. Because it's altogether black, Screen treats black as transparent, so we have nothing left. Well, now we can go ahead and assign the Lens Flare. I am going to go up to the Edit menu and I am going to choose Render and then I will choose Lens Flare. This dialog box's feature is a little difficult to control, because you can barely see what you are doing here inside of this inky-dinky preview. I want you to set your Lens Type to 50- 300mm Zoom, which is the default setting.
I want you to raise your Brightness to 120. I want you to click right about there, inside of this v little preview and I want you to click OK. You should get a highlight that hits the top right corner of the second martini glass. If you want to check your positioning and confirm that you have got it about right, then you could switch over to Martini Hour banner.psd and see if things shift. Which they do for me a little bit. Notice that I am shifting back and forth just ever so slightly. If that happens and you are concerned about it, I just want to show you how to do it.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Z, Command+ Option+Z to undo the Lens Flare. And then to reapply the last filter, you have just got done applying. You press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F again. That brings up the Lens Flare filter again. Just kind of slightly move that guy. It's pretty hard to sightly move it actually, but just a little bit. That looks okay, I guess. I have no idea. This is the worst preview ever. Click OK in order to apply the effect and now it looks like that.
I can compare it to the other one, and it's great. I am happy with it. I don't want to sit there and move it around anymore. Now, the next thing that I am going to do is I am going to add a little bit of brushed highlight over here in the left- hand side and I am going to show you how to do that in the next exercise.
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