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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
I have saved the final version of our composition as Digital double exposure.psd. We are now ready to move on to our final project in this chapter and that's Smug guy.psd that comes to us from Ali of the Fotolia image library and you can see that I have got this guy set up as a Camera Raw Smart Object. Now, what we are going to do inside of this project, I am going to show you how you can go about creating true clones of a Camera Raw image if you want to so that all of the clones update in kind every time you make a change inside of Camera Raw.
I will also show you how to avoid that, if you'd rather that the two objects were linked to independent images, but first let me show you what's going on, what we are going to be doing by the way is creating a symmetrical face effect. So we are going to cut this guy's face right down the center and then flip the left half over onto the right half so that he has a strangely, bizarrely symmetrical face which is a kind of fun effect actually and it helps us demonstrate what's going on here. Now notice if I zoom out a click, you'll see that he's got a lot of image information over here on the right-hand side but not very much over on the left inside because the photographer offset the shot.
What I want to do is go ahead and extend the left-hand area over and I have done that in advance by the way, I am just going to walk you through this. I have done that using the Puppet Warp effect. So I will turn on my Smart Filters by clicking right there in front of them in order to bring up the eyeball and that shows you what an incredibly successful effect this is thus far, but let me show you how I got it. I will double-click on puppet warp in order to show you the half a zillion pins I had laid down. Basically the idea is all these right-hand pins are in place here to try to keep its face from moving and then the left-hand pins are designed to move the left-hand edge over, so he has this ridiculously extended shoulder.
Now I wasn't entirely successful in keeping his face from moving. I have distorted his ear and his head so what I then had to do, I will go ahead and press the Escape key because really there's no sense in goofing around with these pins anymore, you are still going to end up with a wobbly head just because of the free-form way that Puppet Warp works. I will escape out here and I will Shift+Click on this filter mask to turn it on and so you can see that resets his head quite nicely. Now the filter mask is just a bunch of brush strokes, if I Alt+Click or Option+Click on that filter mask thumbnail, you can see that this black area goes ahead and hides the Puppet Warp effect.
The white area reveals it; it's all done using the brush tool. All right let's switch back to the composition, I did that incidentally just by clicking on the image thumbnail and notice that I also have a layer mask right there go ahead and shift click on it, in order to hide the right half of his face and I will zoom in here and what I have done is I have set this face up so that it is exactly centered inside of the canvas and I did that by setting up this guideline right there, this vertical guideline that bisects the image, and we are seeing it because I pressed Ctrl+Semicolon or Command+Semicolon on the Mac and I figured out exactly where the center of the composition was using that Ctrl or command Rat technique that I showed you a few exercises back.
All right I am going to go ahead and hide that guideline again by pressing Ctrl+Semicolon or Command +Semicolon on the Mac so that we can exactly see what we are doing, I want you to make sure you are working at the 100% view size just as I am. All right now we need to create a duplicate of this layer in order to create the right half of his face and there is a couple of ways you can do it, you can either just press Ctrl+J or Command+J on the Mac, in which case you will create a true clone. So both of the Smart Objects will link to the same Camera Raw image, if you don't want to do that. If you want to have two separate images then you right-click over here in this tiny little empty area, next to left, associated with the left layer in other words.
Right-click right there and then choose this command. Smart Object via Copy, that via copy means you don't get a clone this time around. So I am not sure that the command name makes that much sense but that's how it works. Go ahead and choose the command and now we have got two Smart Objects that are independent of each other and just to demonstrate that, that is the case I will double-click on the top Smart Object thumbnail in order to bring up Camera Raw and I will apply just a totally ridiculous modification, let's reduce the Temperature value to -100 so it gets super cool and way blown out fine.
Click OK in order to accept that modification and you can see it affected the top layer but not the bottom one. So if I turn off the top left then it reveals the bottom left below which has not been modified at all. Also notice that it does a weird thing to the layer mask because the two are linked together which is the default setting, this little chain icon goes ahead and links the Smart Object to its layer mask, the layer mask got modified by the Camera Raw modification and as a result we are slicing away the left-hand portion of the image and that happens to be the where the image used to end before I applied Puppet Warp.
And that's a weird little behavioral thing that we will come back to it later. But for now what I want you to do is press the Backspace key or the Delete key in a Mac to get rid of that layer because we need to re-create it and we are going to do that by pressing Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Option+J on the Mac to force the display of the New layer dialog box and I will call this guy right, because it will be the right half of his face and I will click OK and just trust me for now by virtue of the fact that we press Ctrl+J or Command+J or a variation there of, both of these Smart objects are linked to the same Camera Raw image.
All right so those are two ways to make a Smart Object duplicate. In the next exercise, I will show you how to go ahead and flip this guy's face in order to create the symmetrical right half.
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