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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I'm still working inside this file called The joy of color.psd. That's found inside the 11_printing folder. As you may recall this is that file that allows you to subjectively gauge the color quality of your output from Photoshop. Now you'll notice that I've represented each one of these color swatches as a kind of volumetric Chiclets with the help of layer Effects. That might seem awfully darn cutesy see. I mean, why in the world did I do that? Well, two reasons. One is that the highlights and shadows along the edges of each one of these chiclets helps me do evaluate still more color variations.
So I could examine those highlights and shadows using a loop or some other magnifying device to see exactly how they look. Also this helps to remind me that this is a subjective file. In other words, these colors are not calibrated to any strict industrial standard. That said however, you may not want the Chiclets. You may prefer to work with flat colors, again, say a neutral background instead of this warm textured background that we see here.
Everything that you need is inside of this file. I just need to show you how to get to it. So here's how you customize the file to make it exactly match your needs. First of all I want you to go to the Window menu and choose the layer Comps command. Now we haven't seen layer Comps, we will obviously once we get to the advanced and mastery portion of this series. But what layer Comps do is they save states inside of your layered compositions. So which layers are turned on, which layer effects are turned on, the blending options and so on.
Right now, we're looking at this layer Comp called Color chiclets. If you're not seeing it, then you can just click right there in front of Color chiclets. Not on Color Chiclets, but in front of it, where this little newspaper is. Click there, and that will switch you to this version of the image. Now then if you want to turn the highlights and the shadows off, then go ahead and click in front of Highlights off and those items will disappear. And now we're just seeing flat colors. We are however seeing rounded corners. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on my image just a little bit so that we can take in the swatches in more detail.
If you would rather have perpendicular corners, you can go ahead and click in front of Sharp corners. Then you'll see a series of solid colored squares. You can also add another stroke. Notice that each one of these squares is surrounded by a black stroke. If you want to offset these squares inside an additional white stroke, then click in front of the Double strokes layer comp. Then finally we have Grey tablets. So if you find this warm texture in the background distracting, then you can replace it with the deep gray, by clicking in front of Grey tablets like so.
So quite a bit of difference, this way with Grey tablets selected, you can identify each and every color on its own against the neutral gray background. If however, you prefer the way the image was originally constructed, then just go ahead and click in front of Color chiclets once again like so, in order to bring back the volumetric effects. Then you can collapse the layer Comps panel. So there you have it. That's how you modify this composition. I'll be working with these chiclets in future exercises as we see how to work with the Print command inside Photoshop.
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