Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

Dragging and dropping Smart Filters


Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Dragging and dropping Smart Filters

All right, the actual purpose of this exercise is to show you how you can drag and drop Smart Filters inside Photoshop between different compositions. But the reason that you would want to do such a thing is because you are working in a free form order. So in the previous exercise, I showed you the linear thinking approach to embedded Smart Objects. But what if you are not thinking in a linear fashion, and I don't mean to say that you are discombobulated anymore than I am. Rather you're just sort of free forming it and then you realize you have gone down the wrong road, and you want to back up and try something different. And that's when dragging and dropping Smart Filters can be very useful.
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  1. 21m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 34s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 35s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 46s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 8s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 55s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 55s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 33s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 42s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 52s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 39s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 43s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 51s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 52s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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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 Online Training Library®.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Defining the essentials of masking
  • Resizing images with content-aware scaling
  • Adjusting perspective with Vanishing Point
  • Applying Smart Filters to create complex effects
  • Using the Auto-Align tool to build composite images
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Deke McClelland

Dragging and dropping Smart Filters

All right, the actual purpose of this exercise is to show you how you can drag and drop Smart Filters inside Photoshop between different compositions. But the reason that you would want to do such a thing is because you are working in a free form order. So in the previous exercise, I showed you the linear thinking approach to embedded Smart Objects. But what if you are not thinking in a linear fashion, and I don't mean to say that you are discombobulated anymore than I am. Rather you're just sort of free forming it and then you realize you have gone down the wrong road, and you want to back up and try something different. And that's when dragging and dropping Smart Filters can be very useful.

So I have gone back to that Density mask.psd image that we had opened at the outside of the previous exercise and let's say I still want to apply Gaussian Blur to the lightest details inside the image. So I go ahead and select Smart Girl and I'm not thinking about the whole layer mask thing right now. All I'm doing is just kind of winging it. I will go up to the Filter menu. I'll choose Blur, I'll choose Gaussian Blur, and I'll enter my 20 pixels. Sure, that sounds great and I'll click OK and I go, what's that? And then I think, okay, wait a sec, I need to go ahead and double-click on the slider icon right there in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box, which is becoming increasingly slow to display on screen, and I'll change the blend mode to Overlay.

Then I get this effect right here and I go, Gosh! Really? Hmm... Okay, well, let's click on the eye for a moment. I'll go ahead and zoom out a little bit here. I thought I would get kind of an overarching sort of highlight effect across the entire image and instead, I'm only effecting the shadow detail. So I'll click OK and I'll think, well, I guess that makes sense because I went ahead and said that the highlight detail is off limit. So this is what the image looks like without that mask if I Shift-click on it. Pretty dang different. Thanks to Gaussian Blur, and then this is what it looks like with the mask when I Shift-click to turn it back on.

Oh! And here is the wonderful thing. You've got to see this. See that big block right there of stuff that did not get updated. That is what is known as a Tile and then there is another tile next to it. This is my first chance to tell you this, but this is a very core thing about Photoshop. Photoshop updates the image in tiles, and it always does that. It's just that it does it very, very effectively until we start getting into Smart Object territory. When we start going down the old nested Smart Object road, we can run into problems where updating the screen image is concern.

So what happened was Photoshop didn't have time to finish the screen update, and it kind of gave up too quickly. So we have to inspire it in order to re-update that screen image. So if you end up seeing some kind of blocky thing like this, it's not your brain, you don't need another cup of coffee, and it's not something wrong with your image. It's just the screen redraw problem. So what you do is you turn off your Smart Filters for a moment, wait for it, just give it a beat. Don't rush the program. That's the problem here, and then turn it back on and see if it gets better, and it does. So that's nice.

Just something to bear in mind, Photoshop updates the image in tiles. A larger issue though is we've got this Gaussian Blur that's sitting here inside the image and now I know, wait a sec; I need to create a nested Smart Object so that I can assign a different filter mask to Gaussian Blur. So I'll go up here to the Layers palette menu, and I'll choose Convert to Smart Object. We have got now a Smart Object inside of a Smart Object, but we just lost our Gaussian Blur. So I'll double-click on this Smart Object to open it up inside of a different window. It's called Smart girl without a one this time .PSB file and I'll go ahead and zoom in on her, and tell you what, let's take a look at both of these images at the same time.

So I'll go ahead and do the 2 up tile display here. So Density Mask is our larger composition; this you just have to keep track of. You just have to juggle these balls in the air and keep track of what you are doing mentally, because Photoshop is not really helping you out here. Then Smart girl.psb is the version of the Smart Object that's embedded inside of the larger composition. Now, you turn off Gaussian Blur, because you don't want it here, but then what? Then you go back to this other one and reapply it manually, do you really have to do that? I mean, what if you did a lot of work here? In my case, it's just Gaussian Blur 20 set to Overlay. So it's not that much.

But let's say it's a lot more complicated than that or you have three filters you need to move over, something along those lines. Well, you can do a drag and drop. You can grab this Gaussian Blur filter item, and you can drag it over to the other image window for the larger composition and you can drop it. And you will get no indication that anything has occurred, which is lovely of course. We are now working inside the Density mask.psd image, the larger composition. It's switched over to it automatically when we did the drag and drop and we are not seeing our filter list anymore. So you might think, well, I guess you can't do it, because I don't see the filter.

But if you go ahead and expand this object right there by clicking the down pointing arrowhead, you will see that you did assign Gaussian Blur. It's there; it's not turned on. And now you can go ahead and turn it on. All right, it looks terrible. That's okay. We'll come back to it in a moment. We go back to this image right here, which is the nested Smart Object. Just leave Gaussian Blur sitting there if you want to or if you want to slim down the file a little bit, you go ahead and drag it to the Trash Can. Now everything is nice and tidy. Then I would click the Close Box in order to close out of this Smart Object.

Photoshop will ask me if I want to save my changes. Of course by save, it means update the larger composition. I'll click Yes, of course I do. Then I'll return to the larger composition and everything is looking wrong, but that's okay. We'll turn off the Smart Filters to restore the so far modified version of the image, which is a little crunchy to load from where creating a luminance mask is concerned. But it's good enough. So I'll go over to the Channels palette now, Ctrl-click here on the PC or Command-click on the Mac on that Red channel in order to load it as a selection outline. Go back to the Layers palette, show the Smart Filters, let's go ahead and get rid of this filter mask once again by right-clicking on it and choosing Delete Filter Mask and then right- click on Smart Filters again and choose Add Filter Mask. So we delete and we add right away and that goes ahead and adds a good version of that filter mask like so.

So the larger overarching point here of this whole little exercise is to let you know that you can do drag and drops between compositions. You can even drag and drop from a nested Smart Object into the larger composition which is actually when you think about it really a great thing. It is a really great function of Photoshop, this ability to reform it inside of nested Smart Objects here inside Photoshop.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery .

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Q: My Polygon tool is locked into a very small size. I can use the Transform tool to increase it's size once drawn, but I must have something set that will not allow me to freely draw it like I can the other shapes. What could be causing this problem?
A: This could be caused by a value associated with the Radius option of the tool. Click the down-pointing arrowhead to the right (a few tool icons over) from the Polygon tool in the options bar at the top of the screen. This brings up pop-up panel. If the Radius option has a number value, select that value and press Delete or Backspace to clear it out. That should fix the problem.
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