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Creating "true clones"

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In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to yet another advantage to working with Smart Objects. This feature doesn't really have a name, not that Adobe has given it, anyway that's why I call it true clones and the idea is that Smart Objects allow you to create multiple copies of a layer that are all linked to a single original, so if you update the original, all of the clones will update in kind. So, I'm working inside of this image called Bob image shack.psd and it has a layer of editable text that reads, Bob's Image Shack. Now, let's say that I want to repeat this text over and over again, a total of eight times inside of this composition to create a repeating watermark and I want this watermark to be sufficiently flexible that if I decide to change the font or any of the formatting treatments or I even decide to change the company name, then all of my watermarks will update in kind.

Creating "true clones"

In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to yet another advantage to working with Smart Objects. This feature doesn't really have a name, not that Adobe has given it, anyway that's why I call it true clones and the idea is that Smart Objects allow you to create multiple copies of a layer that are all linked to a single original, so if you update the original, all of the clones will update in kind. So, I'm working inside of this image called Bob image shack.psd and it has a layer of editable text that reads, Bob's Image Shack. Now, let's say that I want to repeat this text over and over again, a total of eight times inside of this composition to create a repeating watermark and I want this watermark to be sufficiently flexible that if I decide to change the font or any of the formatting treatments or I even decide to change the company name, then all of my watermarks will update in kind.

Let's imagine I work with a bunch of different clients, all of whom require watermarks from me. So, what we're going to do here is the very first step, before you make a single copy of anything, you need to convert it to a Smart Object, so click on that type layer right there to make it active and then go to the Layers panel flyout menu and choose Convert to Smart Object, if you loaded Deke keys, you have got keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Comma or Command+Comma on the Mac and that gives us the single smart object right there, now because today it's Bob's Image Shack, tomorrow it might be somebody else, I'm going to go ahead and rename this layer, company, like so.

All right, the next step is to begin repeating this text throughout the composition, in order to make sure that all of my text is exactly aligned because I want three repetitions of the text on the left-hand side, three on the right-hand side and two in the middle. To make sure that I have the proper alignment going, I'm going to set up some center guides inside of my composition that means I need to know exactly where the center of this image is. I have a Background layer which is great because that tells me exactly how big the canvas is, the background is no bigger and no smaller than the canvas, so I can use it in order to glean where the center point is and you do this by the way using a sequence of keyboard shortcuts that spell out for better or worse, the word RAT, so here's how it goes.

You should press Ctrl or Command+R, so that's Ctrl+R on the PC, Command+R on a Mac, to bring up the Rulers, then you press Ctrl or Command+A, in order to select the entire image and then you press ctrl or Command+T, in order to enter the Free Transform mode. Then when I'm going to transform this background image at all, we'll just try and find the center point as indicated by default when you enter the Free Transform mode by this transformation origin, right there on this dude's hand. All right, now what I need to do is drag out some guidelines, one vertical guide and one horizontal guide that snap into alignment with that target and then I'll press the Escape key because I'm done, I don't need to do anything else inside that Free Transform mode and I'll press Ctrl or Command+D, in order to deselect the image.

Now, if you're no longer seeing your guidelines, that can happen, you see them for a moment and then they disappear, what you need to do is turn your guides on so that you can see them and that keyboard shortcut is Ctrl or Command+Semicolon, if you prefer you can just go to the View menu, choose Show and then choose Guides to turn them on. All right, but mine are already on, so I'll just Escape out of that menu. Now, the next step is to go ahead and repeat this text right here, so I'll click on the company layer to make it active. What I'd like to be able to do is take advantage of that step and repeat free transform option, which is Ctrl+ Alt+T or Command+Option+T on a Mac.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work with Smart Objects; you don't have a step and repeat option, so we're going to have to work a little more manually here. We're still going to work with free transform however. So, first thing I'm going to do, this is going to seem a little weird, but it's just the best way to work because it allows you to have numerical control over what you're doing. I'm going to grab the origin point appear at the intersection of the two rulers, in the upper left-hand corner of my image and I'm going to drag that origin point down, so it snaps into alignment with the center of the image, so the 00 point is now right there in the center.

Now with the company layer active, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+T or Command+T on a Mac, in order to invoke the Free Transform mode. You'll also want to make sure that your Delta is off, so we're not looking for relative positioning anymore, because if you turn delta on, you're just going to bizarre increments, this is if it's already been moved when you're working with a smart object. Why that is, I'm not really sure, but anyway go ahead and turn Delta off and what we're going to do is ignore the X-value because its horizontal placement is fine, the Y-value is what we want to change and I'm going to change that Y-value.

First of all, I'm going to make sure that the center point is selected inside this reference point matrix here, on left-hand side of the Options Bar and then change that Y-value to zero and press the Tab key and what should happen is you should exactly center that text on the horizontal guideline. All right, then just go ahead and accept that modification, press the Enter key a couple of times or Return key a couple of times on the Mac and you will properly position that first bit of text. We don't have any step and repeat options with Smart Objects. So what we've to do is go ahead and create a copy of this layer by pressing Ctrl+J or Command+J on a Mac.

Now, I don't want a bunch of copies after my company names like this, so I'm going to change the name of this layer just to company, nothing else, just like so, so that every single one of the layers is called company. I'm also going to go up for the time being anyway, to the Layers panel flyout menu and I'm going to choose panel Options and I'm going to turn off this Add copy to Copied layers and Groups check box, this is new to Photoshop CS5 by the way and we'll discontinue the creation of copy after our new layers, click OK. And the next thing I want to do is, I want to move this guy back up to where it goes, so I'll press Ctrl+T, Command+T on a Mac, in order to once again invoke the Free Transform mode and I'll drag it up like so, I will just drag while pressing the Shift key, so that I'm constraining the drag to exactly vertical like so and then I'll take a look at what my Y-value is turning out to be here and it's telling me that it's negative 553, well you know what, I'm going to be able to remember this lot better, if I just make it negative 550.

There it is negative 550, I want to assign that to the very temporary part of my memory and I'll go ahead and press the Enter key a couple of times or the Return key a couple of times on the Mac, in order to accept that modification. Now then, let's take that company layer again, the bottom one, press Ctrl+J to make a copy of it, Command+J on a Mac, I'll click on the bottom layer, I'm just doing this so that I know that the top company layer is at the top of the image, the middle company layer is right here in the middle and the bottom one here will be at the bottom. As soon as I press Ctrl+T with it selected, Command+T on a Mac, go up to this Y-value and change it to 550, instead of negative 550, it's going to be positive 550 that knocks it off my screen here, but if I Spacebar+Drag it, we can see there it is down there and so it's exactly spaced, in other words where it needs to be.

Both of these Bob's Image Shack, one at the top and one at the bottom are by are equidistant from the one in the center. All right, so I'll press the Enter key again in order to accept that modification, the Return key on a Mac and we have three, now true clones of that original bob's image shack layer, all of which are linked to a single original. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to take these three layers here, create new clones of them over on the right-hand side using a Double Flip technique.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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