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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®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, we still need more Motion Blur out of these letters. I'm still working inside Motion type.psd. The only modification I've made is to add an application of the Maximum filter set to 15 pixels and then set to the Screen mode, which is responsible for these sort of inset bright letters right here, but we still need for the Motion Blur effect to be stronger. If I Ctrl+Tab over to this finished version of the composition, Movie poster madness.psd, you'll see that we have a very bright Motion Blur effect indeed. How do we get that? Well, let's go back to Motion type. Bear in mind with Motion Blur, it's bidirectional effect so you end up losing a lot of the effect very quickly once you extend outside of the letters here. This would be true for any other blur as well. If you want to bolster it, why then just apply another heaping helping of Motion Blur. But you don't have to go back up to the Filter menu to do it, you can just take the Motion Blur item you have here inside the Layers palette and duplicate it.
So make sure that KILL, JILL is selected here inside the Layers palette. Then I want you to press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and drag Motion Blur up the stack to above Maximum, like so, and then drop it. By virtue of the fact that you have the Alt or Option key down, you went ahead and duplicated the Motion Blur to a different location. And it really is that easy, ultimately. Now this doesn't look the way I want it to. It's way over the top at this point.
So I'm going to reduce the Opacity of this second Motion Blur effect by going over here to the slider icon, double-clicking on it, and I'll move this over a little bit so that we can see our text over here in the right side of the screen and I'm going to take the Opacity level down to 20%, so that we're not blowing out the letters nearly to the extent we were before. Then I'll click OK. That still isn't exactly what I want. That's better. I'll go ahead and turn the top Motion Blur off for a moment so that we can see. That's the way it looked before. This is the way it looks after. All right, that's interesting.
But actually, the letters are doing a lot better. The Motion Blur effect isn't doing that much better. It's doing better between the letters, but it's dropping off more quickly at the top and the bottom, which is very odd indeed. Look at that. We had more obvious Motion Blur before I duplicated the Motion Blur Filter. So what in the world is to be done? Well, the answer is to toss in a layer effect, and the best layer effect for this purpose turns out to be Inner Shadow, strange as that might sound, and I'll show you exactly how it works in the next and final exercise.
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