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Copying a layer from a clipping group

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I've gone ahead and saved my progress as Golden logo.psd. I also have open this version of the composition, Final Product comp.psd. Both are found inside of the 02_ ACR_and_Illustrator folder. Now the final version of the composition contains an enlarged version of the logo behind the model's head. That also happens to be translucent. That's what we're going to begin to create inside of this exercise. So I'll switch back to Golden logo. psd, and I'm going to click on the Product logo layer that is, because we need to create a duplicate of it, which will reference that exact same vector data that's embedded inside of this composition.

Copying a layer from a clipping group

I've gone ahead and saved my progress as Golden logo.psd. I also have open this version of the composition, Final Product comp.psd. Both are found inside of the 02_ ACR_and_Illustrator folder. Now the final version of the composition contains an enlarged version of the logo behind the model's head. That also happens to be translucent. That's what we're going to begin to create inside of this exercise. So I'll switch back to Golden logo. psd, and I'm going to click on the Product logo layer that is, because we need to create a duplicate of it, which will reference that exact same vector data that's embedded inside of this composition.

Now there is a couple of different ways I could create my duplicate. I could just go ahead and press Ctrl +J or Command+J on the Mac to jump that layer, like so. I create a new layer called Product logo copy that is working along with this adjustment layer right there, notice that. So these two are now grouped together and Product logo is out of the loop, and I'll explain what I mean by that in just a moment. Anyway, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+ Z, Command+Z on the Mac in order to undo that modification. Another way to work, if I want to create a copy and move this layer at the same time. I could press the Ctrl and Alt keys together, this would be Command and Option on the Mac.

The Ctrl key or the Command key is temporarily getting you the Move tool. The Alt or Option key is allowing you to duplicate as you move. So that's Ctrl+Alt+Drag or Command+Option+Drag that logo to a different location. As soon as you do you create a copy of the Product logo, again, that's working in combination with the adjustment layer. I don't like either of these techniques for our purposes, because we want this new layer to be separate from everything else that's going on here.

We want it to be below the model's head. So as soon as I drag the layer to a new location, watch what happens. I want you to have your eyes glued on the larger composition for a moment. It gets brighter. Why did that happen? Well, because the adjustment layer is no longer grouped with the Product logo, you can see that the little indent went away. So this is before, if I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, notice that this layer is indented and it has this little down-pointing arrowhead, indicating that we've got a grouped adjustment layer, so that the color adjustment is affecting just the layer below it and nothing more.

Just so that we're not quite so confused here, I'm going to collapse both of these groups of layer effects by clicking what were formerly up-arrows, so that we can just focus our attention on layers here. So notice as soon as I grab this guy and drag it below, the grouping goes away. So the brighten layer is no longer indented and it affects the entire composition. So what you need to do then is reestablish the grouping by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, hovering your cursor over this horizontal line right there and clicking.

That allows you to group those guys together and you'll see that your composition became darker and only this version of the logo is lightened up. This top version of the logo is now darker, because it's not affected by that adjustment layer. That is a pain in the neck, in my opinion, so you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to press Ctrl+Alt+Z or Command+ Option+Z on the Mac, a sufficient number of times in order to get back to the original state of Golden logo.psd, as it appeared when I first saved this file.

All right, so here we are back at this point in time. This is the way I prefer to work. If you run into this situation, where you're trying to make a duplicate of a layer and it has something else grouped to it, and you don't want to wreck the clipping group, then do this. Press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. Focus your attention on the layers palette, not out here, inside the Image window, just stick inside the layers palette. Press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and drag this guy downward, like so. Look at your cursor, as you do. You'll see that you get a double arrowhead, a black arrowhead with a white arrowhead in the background.

You can see it on-screen for me as well, and that shows you that you're creating a clone, because you have that Alt or Option key down and then drop it into place. Now Product logo and its adjustment layer are still intact. They are fine. And you have this new Product logo copy layer, down here below the two layers that represent the model's head. Now, you can Ctrl+Drag or Command+Drag this layer to a different location, like so. Then rename that layer. I'll just go ahead and call it Massive logo because that's what it's going to become.

Then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to invoke that modification. I just want you to see this, because it's something that irritates me like crazy. I figure many of you are probably functioning at a sufficient level where you've run into this problem as well. So if you want to create a copy of a layer that's part of a clipping group, and you don't want it to be part of the clipping group anymore and you want it to be separated, then Alt+Drag or Option+Drag that layer, here inside the layers palette. In the next exercise, we will transform this layer to make it huge.

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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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