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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Blurring with a nested Smart Filter


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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Blurring with a nested Smart Filter

In this movie, I'll show you how to blur the tiger tattoo with the application of a Smart Filter, and I'll show you how to blend that filter into place as well and then I'll show you a special approach that will allow us to see the effects of the Smart Filter even if we apply further transformations. So I'm going to start things off here by going up to the Filter menu and choosing Blur and then I'll choose Gaussian Blur and if you loaded dekeKeys you've got a keyboard shortcut, this is a very common useful filter, of Shift+F6. And I ultimately elected to set the Radius value to 4 pixels where this image is concerned, higher resolution images incidentally would require a higher radius values in order to achieve the same effect, and then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that filter.
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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 57s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 21s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
11h 8m Advanced Sep 12, 2012

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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
  • Placing and blending Smart Objects in a scene
  • Transforming and warping vector objects
  • Correcting for lens distortion
  • Mitigating halos and enhancing contrast with Shadows/Highlights
  • Adding and editing points on a curve
  • Editing multiple images in Camera Raw
  • Creating a pro-quality sepia tone or quadtone
  • Colorizing with blend modes and opacity
  • Reducing and smoothing over noise
  • Creating depth-of-field effects with blur
  • Selecting with Color Range and Quick Mask
  • Perfecting a mask with Refine Edge
  • Drawing paths with the Pen tool
  • Converting path outlines to vector masks
Subjects:
Design Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop Camera Raw
Author:
Deke McClelland

Blurring with a nested Smart Filter

In this movie, I'll show you how to blur the tiger tattoo with the application of a Smart Filter, and I'll show you how to blend that filter into place as well and then I'll show you a special approach that will allow us to see the effects of the Smart Filter even if we apply further transformations. So I'm going to start things off here by going up to the Filter menu and choosing Blur and then I'll choose Gaussian Blur and if you loaded dekeKeys you've got a keyboard shortcut, this is a very common useful filter, of Shift+F6. And I ultimately elected to set the Radius value to 4 pixels where this image is concerned, higher resolution images incidentally would require a higher radius values in order to achieve the same effect, and then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that filter.

Because I'm working with a Smart Object, Photoshop applies Gaussian Blur automatically as a Smart Filter, which means that I can edit it anytime I like. Now all I have to do to edit the settings is double-click on the words Gaussian Blur and then I have access to that radius value once again. Anyway, for now I'm just going to cancel out. Now let's say at this point, this isn't really the effect I want, it's way to blurry, but we'll address that in a moment, but for now let's imagine that I want to apply further transformations to this image and I want to be able to see the filtered version of the image as well.

Well, if you go up to the Edit menu, and choose Free Transform or any of the other transformation options, then Photoshop is going to warn you that the Smart Filters that are applied to this layer will be turned off temporarily, so as long as you're applying the transformation, you can't see the filter and sure enough when I click OK, the Gaussian Blur effect disappears. What if that's not what you want? Well, I'm going to go ahead and press the Escape key in order to leave the Free Transform mode and then I'll right-click on the words Smart Filters and choose Clear Smart Filters in order to get rid of that effect.

The great thing here is we've got a Smart Object inside of a Smart Object, so we can nest the filtering effect like so, just go ahead and double-click on the thumbnail for the tiger tattoo layer. If you get this alert message that's telling you how Smart Filters work just go ahead and click OK and then inside the Smart Object, we're still in Photoshop by the way, you want to go up to the Filter menu and just choose that first command or you can press Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac and because we're working with the Smart Object, as you can see here, Photoshop goes ahead and forces the display of the Gaussian Blur dialog box.

I still want to apply a radius values 4 pixels then I'll click OK and I also want to go ahead and blend this filtering effect into the original image and I'm going to do that by double-clicking on this little slider icon there and that'll bring up the Blending Options dialog box and I'm going to change the mode from Normal, once again, to Multiply in order to sync that affect. So what I am doing is I am telling Photoshop to use the Gaussian Blur exclusively to darken the image, which means that the blur is going outward and not inward and that will create the appearance of the any kind of leaching into the skin and then I'll select the Opacity value and change it to 75% and I'll click OK.

Now because the Gaussian Blur effect is extending outside the outlines of this tiger art, it's extending outside of the canvas as well, so we're going to get some very sharp edges if we just go and save our changes at this point. What we need to do is extend the canvas a little bit. By going up to the Image menu, and choosing the Canvas Size command or you can press Ctrl+Alt+C or Cmd+Opt+C on the Mac, and I'm going to turn on the relative checkbox, so that we're just adding pixels to the image and I'm going to enter a width value of 20 pixels and a height value of 20 pixels as well and I'm just trying to give it way more pixels than we need.

Theoretically, because of the Gaussian distribution of the Gaussian Blur filter we need about 6 or 7 pixels in order to account for 4 pixels of radius but 20 pixels will for sure be enough. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to extend that canvas outward. Now that I'm done working on the Smart Object I'll go ahead and close it and then here on a PC I'll click the Yes button on the Mac you'll click the Save button in order to update that Smart Object inside of the larger composition. Now that we've applied the filter inside of the Smart Object, instead of outside of it we can transform this layer and still see the effect of the filter and so just by way of demonstration, I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose as opposed to Free Transform this time, I'll go to the Transform submenu and choose the Warp Command, so we can go directly to the Warp mode and note we don't get an alert message this time and we continue to see the effects of the Gaussian Blur filter.

And then, I'm just going to drag upward on the flames at the top of the tiger's head in order to add a little bit of extra distortion there, and when I'm done I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, in order to accept my changes and that's how you blur an image with the help of a Smart Filter nested inside of a Smart Object, so that you can continue to see the results of the filter even when you apply further transformations.

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