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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
In this movie I'll show you how to create a second column of true clones over here the right-hand side of the image using a simple but clever transformation trick. Specifically we're going to be flipping the existing column of clones twice in a row. Once to position the column over here on the right-hand side and then to make the text read properly from left to right. So first thing we need to do is select all these Smart Object clone layers by clicking on one and Shift+Clicking on the other, and then go up to the Layers panel flyout menu and choose New Group from layers and that'll force to display of this dialog box, so we can name the group left and click OK.
All right, now I'm going to make a copy of this group by pressing Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on the Mac and I'll return to the original group down here and rename it right, because these layers are going to be a right-hand column and by virtue of the fact we've been Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on a Mac to duplicate this various layers, they are all true clones of a single original. So I'm going to press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac in order to enter the Free Transform mode for this entire group as you can see. And what you want to do is move this target so it snaps into alignment with the intersection of the guidelines.
Now I can't get the snap to work in my case, and if you have that same problem, here is an interesting trick. After you get done selecting the target, this reference point right there, the values represented up here in the Control panel now represent the location of not the object itself, but rather the target, so you can change both the X value and the Y value to 0 in order to make sure that that target is right there at the guide intersection and this presupposes by the way that you went ahead and moved the origin point to align to the intersection of the guidelines in the previous movie.
Then right-click inside of the Image window and choose Flip Horizontal in order to flip that text over to the right-hand side and because we moved the target to the intersection of those two guides we're flipping across the vertical guide like so and that creates a second column of clones exactly where it needs to be and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that change. Now that not only positions the text, but it also flips it thereby rendering it illegible unless of course you've got a mirror. So press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac to once again enter the Free Transform mode and then right-click inside the Image window and choose Flip Horizontal.
Again this time without moving that target and that will go ahead and flip the text around its own center and we get the exact effect we're looking for and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to accept that change. All right, that takes care of our six true clones, but if you recall the final version of the composition we're going for, I want these two additional layers right here to link to a different Smart Object and I'll show you how to accomplish that using a command called New Smart Object Via Copy.
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