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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®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
This next project is going to absolutely blow your mind. This is a new feature inside of Photoshop CS4. It is handled so well, it is just like magic. If you put together your images properly. So the idea is this. You can shoot a single scene with multiple depths of focus and then merge all of those images together in order to automatically create a flat focused masterpiece. Now this is a function of the enhanced Auto Blend command. So let me tell you what's going on. I'm looking at the contents of Video awards inside the 28_auto_align folder. I'll go ahead and press the Spacebar so that we can fill the screen with this image. This is a series of seven awards in all. Which are a few of the awards that I have received while working here at lynda.com.
Now that might lead you to say, Gosh! Deke you are a big show off, which may or may not be the case, but the reason I'm showing you these award is sort of two-fold. First of all, to let you know how seriously we take the quality of our training here at lynda.com. And then to turn you on to few of the other series that you might want to check out. And of course there is the fact that if you win an award, you might as well let people know about it. Otherwise what's the point except to collect these weapons right here? These things are so heavy and sharp. Anyway here is what's going on. Jacob set up his Canon SLR. I don't know exactly which variety it is. But he set it up on the tripod, which is a great way to go.
You can do a hand-held shot if you want to. And then reply on the Auto Align command in order to fix the alignment for you. But when you are shooting in close like this when we are tight to these objects, it's very possible that you are going to kind of move to the right or to the left. And if you wave here back and forth like that then your perspective is going to change. Like the palm tree would get closer to Hermes or further away. And the Auto Align command cannot reconcile those sorts of changes inside of the image. It can just reconcile whether you have sort of caught your head at a different angle or something along those lines. But perspective differences are wide out.
Just beyond what Photoshop is currently capable of doing. There is still some slight wavering because he was pressing the Shadow Release. So you know there is that. But they are pretty small. So here you can see this first image is focused on Hermes right here up front. And then next image is focused on this women right here Ava or whatever. And she is holding up this movie nice. And then you go back down to these to this DV award. This thing is a killer, has this cool blue on top of it. Really a beautiful award and it's transparent and so Photoshop somehow has to magically mask that information and then in back of that we have the Telly award which is a big award is this industry actually.
And then we have couple of other awards, Videographer award this Omni award, up here in front, in case you are curious it's the Horizon award, we really can't see that too well. And then in the far background Jacob went ahead and focused on this palm tree, which I have to admit, I did not win. That actually comes with the lynda. com foyer. So that's right there in the entrance. In case you want to check it out one day. But notice how startlingly out of focus Hermes is at this point. He is completely beyond the depth-of-field.
And then if we switch back to the Hermes focus photograph then the palm tree in way outside of the depth-of-field and yet Photoshop can still reconcile all of these levels of focus. It is the closest thing to a miracle feature inside of this software, I think, other than content aware scaling, which we'll see in the next chapter. So it really is a phenomenon. I want you to see exactly how it works, so join me in the next exercise.
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