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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
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In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to yet another way to create a Camera Raw Smart Object and yet another way to employ Camera Raw Smart Objects as well, something that's a little more practical I believe. So let's say I'm assembling this advertisement here for new line of products. I'm not sure exactly what they are going to shake out to be, whether it's fashion or it's fragrance, something along those lines, but we are calling it McClellando and this time I'm my own client so that's handy. But I have already got the composition worked out here, at least a little bit.
I have some text that I have rasterized. I have got a background layer. That's about it so far. I need some imagery in here and actually what we are going to do is combine a couple of shots of the same model. And this is sort of your traditional yearbook technique you will see. So you can use it in a lot of different ways. All right, since I already have my composition open, I'll go to the File menu and choose the Place command and I was telling you that the Place command always generates a Smart Object and this is true when you import Camera Raw images as well. And if you loaded Dekekeys you have got a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D, Command+Shift+Option+ D. Mash your fist, D, and that will go ahead and take you to the 26_smart_ objects. Scroll down the list and you will see two images called Madhu-1.dng and Madhu-2.dng both of them. So they are both Camera Raw images.
Now this technique, you've got to have raw images in the first place. This isn't going to work for your JPEGs and your TIFFs. You will just bring in your JPEGs and TIFFs as standard pixel- based Smart Objects like we saw with the germ. But because these are raw images, we'll have Camera Raw Smart Objects. By the way, Madhu is the name of the model. The images come to us from photographer Paul Piebinga of istockphoto.com, who kindly provided us these images. They are not even part of the iStockphoto library. These are custom just for us. All right, so go ahead and grab Madhu-1. dng. You can only place one image at a time.
I have already set my settings the way want them. You can adjust them, if you want. I'm not going to, I'm just going to click OK. And notice I don't have an Open Image button and Open Object button, anything like that. It's just the OK button once again, as we saw with the Camera Raw Smart Object when we were editing the Camera Raw Smart Objects. That's because that's what we are going to get. We are going to get a Camera Raw Smart Object. All right, so click OK. It comes in. We got the place boundary and everything. 82.2% is what fits inside of my composition. So I'll just go ahead and accept that by pressing the Enter key and then I'll move this image into position here and I want it right about here, so her neck is between the N and the O in Unknown (& Inexpensive) Model For, because I couldn't afford to hire a celebrity is the idea. So I'm just going with the absolutely beautiful human being instead.
All right, and you can see that this is a Camera Raw Smart Object, awesome. I'm going to go ahead and collapse the Adjustment palette for a moment. Right now, let's go ahead and place the other image. So I'll press that keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Command+Shift+ Option+D on the Mac, but that's only if you loaded Dekekeys. Otherwise you are going to have to choose Place from the File menu. Then get Madhu-2.dng, click on the Place button. I have already set up the settings the way I want them. I'll click OK. The second view of our model comes into view here, heaves into view, if you will and I'll go ahead and move my composition over just a little bit and snap her into place and this looks wonderful and I press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac and there she is.
And now of course at this point I go, no, not so wonderful actually. I don't want her being the exact same size. She is looking at her nose or I don't know what's going on here. I want her, this her the one in profile, I want that to be big like she is near us, like she is closer to us so that they are at different depths away from us that I. So she is a little more distant, she is closer and warmer and it's more intimate that kind of thing. All right, so she needs to be bigger, it's what that means. So I can press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac and this is going to be a nondestructive transformation. We still have all that stuff. We still have nondestructive transformations and we still have instances and all that wonderful jazz even when we are working with a Camera Raw variety of Smart Object and so I go up here to the Options bar and I go, no, not 54.8%, let's go ahead and click on that link and let's change it to 82.2%, which is how the other version of the model came in.
That looks good and then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac and now let's go ahead and move her into the proper place. I want her chin sort of wrap it around the A right there and her lip, the bottom of her lip should be right beyond the V, between the I and the V right there. And I actually want to move her up just a little bit. Let's take her up to about there. I think it's going to work out pretty nicely. Now you may look at and say Deke, you are out of your mind. That doesn't work nicely at all. I can't help but notice and maybe you did too, that this white background is shaving away her other face and that's a terrible thing. Hey! That's okay, because we can address this. You might think masking? No, we don't need masking. All we need is the Multiply blend mode.
So if you go up to the Blend Mode pop- up menu right there and choose Multiply, you will notice that the white drops away completely and then we see the other version of the model in the background. Isn't that great? And no masking necessary, just a blend mode. Blend modes work just as well with Smart Objects. All your parametric operations are going to work just as well with your Smart Objects as they do with your Adobe objects, your regular old pixel-based layers. Now then, she is in the foreground, she is in the background. She is in the light, she is in the darkness. She should be a little closer to us, little more intimate, a little darker in terms of her tonality. So tell you what we are going to do, we are going to edit her as a Camera Raw Smart Object. That's no surprise.
So go ahead and double-click on the thumbnail for Madhu-2 for the model in profile and we are going to take the Brightness value down to 0. That's nice and then I'll tab down to the Saturation value and take it down to +10. So I'll press Shift+Down Arrow to change it from +20 to +10. Click OK in order to return to Photoshop and we get this effect right there. That is a nice composition I think and so easy to put together. Thanks to Camera Raw Smart Objects and the Multiply blend mode working together.
Now if you would shot your images against a dark screen, because you know the classic yearbook look and you have the model looking light against that black screen, let's say, try to keep it black if possible, then you can of course, adjust your settings inside of Camera Raw to get that background as black as possible, just as I adjusted my settings inside Camera Raw to make sure my backgrounds were as white as possible. Then you would use the Screen mode instead of Multiply. So just so you know when you are trying out your own compositions that resemble this in any way, shape or form.
In the next and final exercise of this chapter, I'm going to show you how to take this text right here and turn it into inversion text. Text that inverts everything behind it. This is such a cool trick. Stay tuned.
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