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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.
I've gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Motion type.psd. Notice at this point that we have these yellow layers inside of this orange Motion Blur. Now if I was to turn off the Smart Filters that are associated with the KILL, JILL layer right there, you could see that my original layers were kind of a drab orange. By virtue of the fact that we mix drab orange letters with drab orange Motion Blur, set to the Linear Dodge mode, we end up getting bright yellow letters.
But the blur still remains this drab orange, and the letters don't have all that much depth associated with them. I want this to look different. In fact, here's how I want it to look. This is my mind's eye version of the image. I'll press Ctrl+Tab or Command+Tilde to switch over to this other image I have opened, which is Movie poster madness.psd composition. First of all, I want the letters to be brighter. I want the blurs to look a lot brighter as well. Then I want these choked areas of white appearing inside of the letters. This is a function of a lot of things working together. We have two Motion Blurs ultimately in a maximum and an Inner Shadow effect that are all making up the effect that you see before you right now.
So let's switch back to the composition in progress. Let's start with that choked effect right there. How in the world do I achieve that? Well, I've still got KILL, JILL selected, and you may recall, under the Filter menu, under the Other submenu, we have Maximum and Minimum, so-named because they work from the maximum and minimum luminance levels. So Maximum expands the white or light regions of an image and Minimum expands the black or dark regions of an image. So you might think that Minimum would be the way to go because these are dark letters that need to expand against the light background or something along those lines. I'll go ahead and choose Minimum, and you can see what actually happens if I expand that Minimum value up to, let's say 11, we get this crazy effect right here in which Photoshop is spreading the opaque area of the layer, and it's chocking the transparency mask. So that's exactly the opposite of what we want. So that means if Minimum doesn't work, Maximum must work, because they are opposite filters.
So I'm going to go ahead and cancel out there and I'll go back up to the Filter menu, choose Other, and this time choose Maximum, which is going to expand the transparent region and thereby choke the letters. So I'll go ahead and choose that command and let's take this Radius value up to 15 pixels, and you can see that really does a great job of chocking those letters. They are really getting skinny, quite the weight loss program. I'll click OK in order to accept that modification. Now let's go ahead and create a blend between the skinny letters and the normal size letters. We'll do that by bringing up the blending options, double-click on the slider icon and change the mode from Normal to Screen, like so, and we end up getting this effect here, nice! Go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification, so we now have choked letters, inside of larger letters. In the next exercise, we're going to bolster this Motion Blur by duplicating the Motion Blur effect here inside the Layers palette.
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