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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®.
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In the next couple of exercises I'm going to show you how to copy an Action and then modify it. And then permit the user of the Action to change the settings on the fly if they want to. So I'm still looking at The terrors of Sammy.jpg and The horrors of Max.jpg, both found inside the 30_actions folder. Both have been modified according to the Rotate & scale Action right here. And I have gone ahead and collapsed my right side palettes and expanded the Actions palette, so that I can focus in on my Actions a little more tightly, because there is not really anything going on in these other palettes that wants our attention. And I want to able to keep an eye on Max right here.
And the reason is this. Sammy is nice and sharp, as you can see right here. He is going to just spring off the page when he is printed. But Max is a lot softer. Either, I missed the focus. Something is going on optically inside of this photograph that's making for softer details. And I want Max to be every bit as sharp as Sammy if I can do it. If I can get that effect. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and revert Max to his original appearance. So The horrors of Max.jpg is my active image here. I'll go ahead and press the F12 key in order to revert him. Then I'm going to grab this Rotate & Scale command right there. And I'm going to call it Rotate, Scale & Sharpen like so. So that I'm mentioning all of the steps that are going on here.
And then I'm going to grab that guy and I'm going duplicate him by dragging the Action down on to the little Page icon at the bottom of the palette. And this one, I'm going to go ahead and call R, S & supersharpen because we are going to run two Passes of Sharpening this time around. So we are going to rotate the document of course, and in fact, I'm just going to go ahead and play the Action as it stands right now, by clicking on the Play button. In order to send it the way through. Because we have done as much as we can with High Pass, frankly.
I mean barely doing a Fade. It is 90% linear light. That's just fine. What we are going to have to do is run second Path sharpening. That's what I have found works best for this image. And I imagine for other snapshots taken with this camera as well. And second Path sharpening is perfectly acceptable under certain circumstances. And you can learn all about Multi-Path sharpening inside of my Photoshop sharpening images series, which is of use to any Image Sharpener out there. Sharpening is just one of those things you have to do for every single image you work with essentially.
So at this point what I'm going to do is I'm going to add some more steps. So I'm going to click on the Fade step, just to make sure I have the last step selected, and then I'll come down here to the Record button and click on it. And now I'm going to go up to the Filter menu, and I'm going to choose Sharpen, and I'm going to choose Smart Sharpen. Of course, Shift+F6 if you loaded Deke keys. Now bring up the big old Smart Sharpen dialog box. Now these were the last settings I have applied apparently. These over-the-top settings right here. I'm going to turn More Accurate off. Even though these settings I believe were the once I worked so very well for that Alcatraz Panorama. They do not work well for people. We don't let More Accurate turned on for a portrait shot like this one essentially.
I am going to crank Amount through the ceiling. And I'm going to take the Radius value up to 1.5 pixels to match that same value I have applied with High Paths. And I'm going to set the Remove to Lens Blur. Ultimately that's what we are trying to compensate for here. And then I'll click OK. And then we need to go ahead and Fade this effect as well. So I'm going to go up to the Edit menu. I'm going to choose Fade Smart Sharpen. I'm definitely going to set the mode to Luminosity like this. And then I'm otherwise going to leave it alone. Even though I have too much sharpening applied right now, I'm going to go ahead and leave the Opacity set to 100%.
And here is why I'm going to set up this Fade option, so that somebody can determine that on their own. They can decide how much Fade to apply on the fly when they are playing back the Action. And I'll show you exactly how that works in the next exercise.
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