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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, I'm still working inside Frothy beverage.psd, which now for me contains not only the frothy beverage but also the colorized signature that we applied and created and so forth in the previous exercise. Now what I want you to do... We have only got one item in this entire composition now that's not turned on. Let's go ahead and collapse the Splatter and logo effects here. And that item is this Happy button group right there, go ahead and Click where the eyeball would be, so that it appears, so that we can see it and it's this little item right there. That says 0% Juice and 100% Happy. And notice if you twirl open Happy button you will see the text of course, which has a warp assigned to it and then we also have this circle layer right there. And the circle layer has got kind of a problem. I want it to be behind Max's shoulder, but I want it to be in front of the fabric and the problem there is that the fabric, the curtains are actually far in front of Max.
So, if I were to grab Happy button and I were to drag it down the list so that it's below spokesboy, it's also going to be below the curtains and I don't want that, that looks terrible. So Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac. What I'm going to have to do is cut Max's shoulder out of this circle layer right there. So Click on the circle layer to make it active. Then I want you to scroll down to the spokesboy layer right there and I want you to Ctrl+Click on him or Command+Click on him and that's on his thumbnail, very important that you Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the thumbnail, if you Ctrl+Click or Command+Click out here, you will also select that layer, and we don't want that all right.
So anyway, just Ctrl+Click or Command+ Click on the thumbnail and you will get the selection outline that's associated with Max right there. Now go back up here to the circle layer and what we want to do is we want to add this shoulder as a layer mask and we want to cut this shoulder out of the circle and you can add a layer mask just by Clicking on the Add Layer Mask button. But if you do that, you are going to do the opposite of what we want. You are just going to keep that area inside the circle and that's it. So there is the mask. So Max is white and his background is black. We want the opposite effect.
So a couple of different ways to do that, but what I'm going to have you do is press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on a Mac, in order to undo the addition of that layer mask and instead of Clicking on this icon, I want you to Alt+Click or Option+Click on that icon and that will mask Max away as we have seen right here. Now the problem is that the Stroke effect that's assigned to this layer, I'll go ahead and open layer on up, expand it so that we can see the Outer Glow effect. Well there you go, it's not a Stroke effect, it's an Outer Glow because that way we have fewer problems with crusty edges and we have a nice, smooth circle on the outside here but then it starts tracing Max's shoulder as well, because it's tracing the contours of the layer mask. Instead, what we want is we want the layer mask to mask the Glow effect.
And you do that with one of those checkboxes with that fourth checkbox in the list as you may recall. So to get the Blending Options up on screen. You can either Double-Click on this Effects row right there or you can Double-Click in front of this green or you can Double- Click over in these empty areas. Any of those places will bring up the Layer Style dialog box. Just don't Double-Click on the green thumbnail because that will bring up a Color Picker. You don't want that. I'll bring Layer Style dialog box up where we can see it, and then I'll turn on Layer Mask Hides Effects because that's what we want. We want the pixel-based layer mask, which describes the shoulder to cut away the layer effect which is the Outer Glow effect. So we will do that by turning on that checkbox and it's all done, that's all there is to it.
Long story short, so I'll go ahead and Click OK and we are done, my friends, my good friends, you have made an advertisement using layer effects inside of Photoshop. I'm so proud of you and you have learned the ways of layers effects and how very, very powerful they are. Use your powers wisely. In the next chapter, the final chapter of the advanced portion of this series, we are going to turn our attention to an intense examination of Camera Raw.
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