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Combining layer effects and adjustment layers

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I've gone ahead and saved my changes as With drop shadow.psd, found inside the 02_ATR_and_Illustrator folder. In this exercise, I'm going to colorize this logo. I'm going to shift it from purplish, as it is now, to golden. We're going to do that using a layer effect, as you'll see. Then we'll also brighten things up a little bit using an adjustment layer. So, here's what I want you to do. Make sure the Product logo layer is active, here inside the layers palette. Then go back down to the fx icon, and click on it and choose Color Overlay.

Combining layer effects and adjustment layers

I've gone ahead and saved my changes as With drop shadow.psd, found inside the 02_ATR_and_Illustrator folder. In this exercise, I'm going to colorize this logo. I'm going to shift it from purplish, as it is now, to golden. We're going to do that using a layer effect, as you'll see. Then we'll also brighten things up a little bit using an adjustment layer. So, here's what I want you to do. Make sure the Product logo layer is active, here inside the layers palette. Then go back down to the fx icon, and click on it and choose Color Overlay.

That's going to change our entire logo to red. It can be a little frightening the first time you choose Color Overlay. It can be also little bit of a head scratcher, like why in the world would you want to do this? Just replace everything that's going on inside of a layer with a flat color. Well, the reason this is so useful is, obviously, you can change the color to anything you want. So let's go ahead and do that. Let us start off by changing the color. I'm going to click on this color swatch and I'm going to change that Hue value to 50, like so, and that'll give us this golden hue right there.

Leave Saturation and Brightness each set to 100%, and click OK. Now I change the entire layer to yellow. That's no good, but if we change the Blend mode to, for example, Color, which is the most common way to work with Color Overlay, it should actually be the default setting in my opinion, then you'll get this effect right there. You'll just go ahead and infuse that layer with the color at hand. So it's such a simple way to work, leave that Opacity value cranked up to 100% and click OK. All right, now I want to go ahead and brighten the logo, can't do that using Color Overlay, have to do that using an adjustment layer.

So I'm going to go over to the Adjustments palette here, inside of Photoshop CS4. Let's go ahead and collapse the Color palette, at least on my screen, because I don't have enough room to work here. Then I'll expand that Adjustments palette. I'm going to move my cursor over this very first icon, Brightness/Contrast, and I'm going to press the Alt key or the Option key and click on it in order to bring up the New layer dialog box. Now another way to work, if you're working inside of Photoshop CS3, let me cancel out of here, so you can see what you need to do there. You would go down to the black-white icon at the bottom of the layers palette, and you would press-and-hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac.

Click on that icon, and with Alt or Option down, choose Brightness/Contrast. Now you may say, "Brightness/ Contrast? Why in the heck are we using "Brightness/Contrast?" Because, starting in Photoshop CS3, it became a really great command. It's really useful now, I use it all the time. All right. Turn on Use Previous layer to Create Clipping Mask. It's very important. Then just go ahead and call this something like 'brighten', because that's what we're doing, and then click OK in order to create a new layer of brightening. We want the Brightness value to be set to 15% here, and incidentally, if you're working inside of CS3, you're going to see Brightness and Contrast inside of a dialog box. Not to worry.

It's actually less intrusive, because it doesn't make you look at a ton of gray, down here at the bottom. CS4 is all about the adjustments layer and CS4 is all about making sure it's big enough to accommodate any of the color adjustments, so the ones that don't have very many options like Brightness/ Contrast have a lot of dead space in them, which is dopy, in my opinion, but maybe one day, they'll take care of it. Anyway, I'm going to Tab to the Contrast value and I'm going to take it down to -20. Now we have a brighter, less contrasty version of the logo, and I'll show you what that looks like in just a moment.

But make sure Use Legacy is turned off. This checkbox should definitely be off unless you want Brightness/Contrast to behave badly, like it did in the old days. All right, I'm going to go ahead and collapse the Adjustments palette, so we can see what we're doing. I'm going to turn off this layer for just a moment, this new brighten layer. This is what the logo looked like just a moment ago, so darker and more contrast, this is what it looks like now, brighter, a little less contrast, but actually, goes a long way. Looks very nice in my opinion. Now if you don't want that layer mask in there, which I don't, because it's just making my layer name shorter.

You can just grab it and drag it to the trashcan, because we're affecting the entire logo, we don't need a mask. Then Photoshop will ask you, "Do you want to delete the layer mask?" And you'll say, "Yeah", delete it. It's that simple. Now if you don't want the layer mask to ever come up in the future, I just throw out a tip here, because, I think this is really useful. Then what you do is you go back to your Adjustments palette, this is inside of CS4. You click on this left-pointing arrow right there, in order to return to your list of adjustments. Then you go up to your Adjustments palette flyout menu, click on that little icon there, and you turn off Add Mask by Default.

And that way, you're not going to get a mask every time you add an adjustment layer. You'll just get the adjustment layer, and you can choose to add the mask later, if you want to. Just a side tip! We now have this bright, beautiful golden logo, I'm going to go ahead and collapse that Adjustments palette for a moment, so we can see all of our layers. In the next exercise, we are going to take this Product logo and we are going to turn it into a diffused background logo, at a totally different size, and you'll see just how flexible Illustrator smart objects are, inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop Smart Objects

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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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