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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.
In a previous exercise, we created this frothy drink right here, using a combination of a Gradient Overlay along with the Overlay blend mode, subject to that wonderful little checkbox, Blend Interior Effects as Group. Turn it on and everything gets better. Let's see that happen again, but for a very different purpose. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Frothy beverage.psd. Let's go ahead and collapse these effects here, just so we have a little more room to work. There is the signature layer right there; I want you to turn it on. Go ahead and Click on it and Click on the layer to make it active, all right there is my signature, so you can use it on your checks at home if you like. That's not the way I sign my checks though, just so as you know. I want my signature to blend in a little bit with this composition.
Currently, it looks like it's on a little placard because this, because I went ahead and signed a piece of paper and scanned it and then brought it into this composition. So it kind of stands out. We can integrate it, likity split by going up to the Blend Mode pop-up menu and choosing Multiply that's all it takes. Then the white disappears because it's treated as a neutral color and we have got the black integrated totally into the background. No problem whatsoever, unless I get this wild hair and I decide you know what, I want to colorize my logo. I want to make it in red. Okay, so great.
Let's go to the FX icon. The way to colorize the layer right is to apply a Color Overlay. The simplest thing to do, there are other ways to do it but this is the best way to do it and it's parametric of course. So you chose the Color Overlay command. It turns the entire layer red because that's what it likes to do. That's its default behavior. Leave it set to an Opacity of 100%, leave it red because that's the color I want to use and I'm going to go ahead and change the blend mode from Normal to Lighten because I just want to color the black letters red and I want to leave the white background white. So I'll choose Lighten and I get this. It's kind of murky.
I mean, I'm seeing the red assigned to the white card there and that's ruining my effect right there. That's ruining the Multiply effect because we have Lighten being applied after Multiply. So it's lightening everything that it's finding in the background. Now I could try it at different Mode. I can try it out for example; let's see if Screen works any better. Identical, it's not doing anything different. So what in the world do I do? Well, same diff, right, you go over to Blending Options and you say checkboxes help me, help me, help me, help me and you try them out, but what you are going to find is Blend Interior Effects as Group, when you turn it on, it's going to solve your problem because what it's doing now is, it's going ahead and first colorizing my signature red. It's leaving the white background white and then it's applying Multiply to that.
So Click OK in order to accept the effect. I'll bring OK up here, so I can see it. So go ahead and Click OK and just so you know what's happening, I just want you to see this, I'll switch from Multiply over to Normal. So we are just making the signature red with the Screen blend mode that's assigned to your Color Overlay. So Lighten or Screen, they are going to do exactly the same thing in this case and then the card remains white, and now I'm applying Multiply to that and the white still disappears and the red gets multiplied in the place. So yet another use for that checkbox. So bear it in mind that it's there.
What about that other cookie option that I told you I was going to tell you about, Layer Mask Hides Effects. Well, I'm going to elaborate on that story in the very next exercise.
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