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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
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Blurring and blending a Smart Object


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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Blurring and blending a Smart Object

I have saved my progress as Blended tiger.psd, found inside the 29_smart_objects folder, and in this exercise we're going to use a Smart Filter. So this is kind of a preview of coming interactions. We'll be discussing Smart Filters in all kinds of detail in the next chapter. But in the meantime we'll see how we can use the Smart Filter, in this case, in order to create the effect of the tiger tattoo blending into the guy's skin, because right now it's just too darn sharp, despite the luminous blending that we've assigned so far and the red stroke, which is helping to create a little bit of a blend as well.
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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping 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 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
20h 1m Advanced Sep 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using masks and blend modes in radically new ways
  • Mastering the Pen tool and Paths panel
  • Transforming and maximizing Smart Objects
  • Employing Smart Filters to create complex effects
  • Exploring the capabilities of Bristle brushes and the Mixer Brush
  • Merging multiple images into seamless panoramas
  • Exploring the full range of luminance with HDR Pro
  • Recording actions and batching-processing images
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Blurring and blending a Smart Object

I have saved my progress as Blended tiger.psd, found inside the 29_smart_objects folder, and in this exercise we're going to use a Smart Filter. So this is kind of a preview of coming interactions. We'll be discussing Smart Filters in all kinds of detail in the next chapter. But in the meantime we'll see how we can use the Smart Filter, in this case, in order to create the effect of the tiger tattoo blending into the guy's skin, because right now it's just too darn sharp, despite the luminous blending that we've assigned so far and the red stroke, which is helping to create a little bit of a blend as well.

All right, so here's what I am going to do. With the tiger tattoo layer selected, I'll go up to the Filter menu and I'll choose Blur and I'll choose Gaussian Blur or if you've loaded DekeKeys you can press Shift+F7 but before I choose the command, I want you to understand what we're doing here. This is a vector-based object. Anything that involves blurring or some other edge effect inside of Photoshop requires pixels, in order to pull it off; you cannot have soft vectors; that just defy the existence of vectors.

They cannot be soft; they have to be sharply edged. So as soon as we going into blur territory, we are invoking pixels inside of Photoshop, and yet this smart object will remain a collection of editable vectors to the bitter end. So Photoshop, once again, is able to uniquely combine the power of pixels and vectors in one program. All right, so I'll go ahead and choose Gaussian Blur and I am going to apply a Radius of 2 pixels. Now you might look at that and say, gosh! Wow that's an old tattoo. That really bled into that guy's skin.

This is terrible Deke, you should not apply that much Gaussian Blur. May be a Radius of 0.5 would buy that, but 2 pixels... this is just blurry. Well, let me show you. I am going to click OK in order to accept that effect, and notice now that we've added Gaussian Blur to our list of Smart Filters. It's heaped on top of Puppet Warp. Now if you'd rather apply Gaussian Blur before Puppet Warp, I don't know what that's going to look like because I haven't tried this yet. You can drag it down below Puppet Warp and that will change the order. So first now we blurred the lion and then we warped it and we get an ever so slightly different effect.

So this is before with Gaussian blur on top, I am just pressing Ctrl+Z, and this is after. I think the only thing I'm seeing changes is this little region over there. This is after, if we apply Gaussian Blur first. And sure enough, what that does is it creates a little bit of a crisper edge over here on the right-hand side. So, I am not sure if I like that, I am going to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, to keep that area blurry because it's getting so polygonal there that we might as well disguise it a little bit. All right but here's the thing, yes we do want this much blur applied to the tiger, but we wanted it to blur exclusively outward, because you think about a tattoo, it's bleeding into somebody's skin, and I don't mean to be too graphic here but the ink is sort of leeching into the skin over time and it's going to spread outward, just like ink spreading into a piece of paper.

So with paper we have dot gain, with skin I assume, we have something like ink gain. So I am going to change the Blend mode associated with this filtering effect. Notice this little slider icon right there; that indicates the blending settings and if you double-click on those guides then you bring up a dialog box that says Blending Options (Gaussian Blur). We want the ink to spread exclusively out word so, in other words, we don't want any of the lightning effect associated with the softening as it goes inward, we just want the darkening effect.

So once again we're going to go with that primary of Darkening modes, which is Multiply, and we end up achieving this effect right there. So now the tattoo is exclusively blurring outward, and if you wanted to, if you feel like that's a little bit too much, you could take down the Opacity value. I might not take it that low; let's try it at something like 75% and that to get a sense of what we've done I'll turn he Preview check box Off. This is before, very blurry; this is after, much sharper with just a little bit of blurring into the skin. I'll click OK.

Now I might think that's not enough Gaussian Blur, in which case I would go over to the words, Gaussian Blur, double-click on them and that returns us into the Gaussian Blur dialog box, press Shift+Up Arrow in order to increase the Radius value here to 3 pixels and click OK, in order to accept that modification. So that's basically Smart Filters in the nutshell. In other words, once you have a smart object you can apply a filter as a nondestructive editable effect. Of course there is a lot more to it which is why I devoted an entire chapter to the topic, but that's the short story.

All right, here's another sort of upshot of the short story. Notice what happened around the edges here, once I applied Gaussian Blur, I went ahead and created this weird edge artifact around the white area associated with this tiger illustration. And just to confirm that that's Gaussian Blur, I'll turn it off, for a moment. Sure enough, that edge goes away; turn Gaussian Blur back on, the edge comes back. Well the solution is to apply a layer mask, and this is a pretty easy one, so I'll do it really quickly here. I'll get my Lasso tool by pressing the L key and then I am going to Alt+Click, I have got my Alt key down this would be the Option key down on the Mac, just so that I can create a polygonal selection outline, like so.

And then I'll release the Alt or Option key to complete the outline, I'll drop down to the bottom of the Layers panel and click on the Add layer mask icon and that gets rid of the edge, and that's all there is, to that. Now it's possible I could have applied this mask as a Filter mask instead of a layer mask and that would've filtered the effects of the Gaussian Blur, which might have worked, but the problem is it might've encroached on the behavior of the Puppet Warp function as well. In which case we would've revealed some non-warped portions of the tiger tattoo and that wouldn't have proved useful at all.

All right, so this looks pretty good. The only problem I have now is that I really like that red gradient that I had inside of the flame. In order to restore the Gradient across the entire tiger, let's say, we need to open it once again inside of Illustrator, make a modification, bring the changes back in a Photoshop, and we are going to do precisely that in the next exercise.

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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."
 
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