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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.
In this movie I will show you how to break the link between a copy of a Smart Object and its original, using a command that's not particularly discoverable inside of Photoshop that goes by the name of Smart Object via Copy. So what I am going to do here is expand this right group and then click on its top layer to make it active. Now if you duplicate the layer by going up to layer menu choosing New and choosing Layer via Copy or if you press that command's keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on the Mac, then you create yet another true clone, just as we have been doing in the past.
If you don't want this to be a clone, you just want it be a copy, then what you do is you drop down to the Smart Objects sublayer and you choose this command, New Smart Object via Copy. Now the name of the command really doesn't make that much sense in my opinion. Layer Via Copy creates a true clone and Smart Object Via Copy ends up breaking the link, but this is the command you want. And if you loaded dekeKeys, you can also get to it by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Comma(,) or Cmd+Opt+Comma(,) on the Mac and that will go ahead and create another copy of that Smart Object that doesn't look any different.
So there is no way to tell that this particular layer is differently linked, other than to just go ahead and rename it, which is what I suggest. And I am going to call this one file numbers, because that will end up being its purpose, and then I will drag it out of the group and you want to make sure that you can see that horizontal line between the left and right groups, like so. And then I will go ahead and twirl the right group closed, and now I want to create a true clone of this layer, so I will press Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on the Mac in order to do so. So now we have two true clones linked to a single original, but an original that is different than all of the other true clones.
All right, now we need to properly position these watermarks, and here is how to do that. Click on the lower of the two file numbers layer, and then press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac in order to enter the Free Transform mode. Now go up to the options bar click on that Y value and change it to 0 and then press the Enter or the Return key on the Mac and that goes ahead and moves the text downward, so it's vertically aligned with the center of the artwork. All right now grab both of these guys, so Shift+Click on the other layer there, in order to select it and let's create another group by going up to Layers panel flyout menu and choosing New Group from layers and go ahead and Name this group middle this time around, and then press the Enter or the Return key on the Mac.
Now we need to properly position these layers and you do that by pressing Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac to once again enter the Free Transform mode, and go ahead and drag this bounding box, so that its target point there, that reference point right there in the middle the bounding box, snaps into alignment with the intersection of the two guidelines and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that change. And now we have every single one of our text layers properly aligned and distributed. In the next movie I will show you how to apply layer Effects to multiple layers at a time, once again, using a Smart Object.
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