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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
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Duplicating and scaling a vector mask


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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Duplicating and scaling a vector mask

In this movie, we'll take our nicely masked droplet, and we'll go ahead and give it a soft shadow that's organic to the original scene, and we'll do so by duplicating, as well as transforming, and blurring our existing vector mask, and then we'll throw in a pixel-based layer mask to boot. All right, so starting where we left off, we'll go ahead, and turn on the shadow layer to make it active, and that's going to bring back the entirety of that original image. I'll click on the vector mask thumbnail for the drop layer here inside the Layers panel, so that I can see my path outline.
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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 57s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 21s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
11h 8m Advanced Sep 12, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
  • Placing and blending Smart Objects in a scene
  • Transforming and warping vector objects
  • Correcting for lens distortion
  • Mitigating halos and enhancing contrast with Shadows/Highlights
  • Adding and editing points on a curve
  • Editing multiple images in Camera Raw
  • Creating a pro-quality sepia tone or quadtone
  • Colorizing with blend modes and opacity
  • Reducing and smoothing over noise
  • Creating depth-of-field effects with blur
  • Selecting with Color Range and Quick Mask
  • Perfecting a mask with Refine Edge
  • Drawing paths with the Pen tool
  • Converting path outlines to vector masks
Subjects:
Design Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop Camera Raw
Author:
Deke McClelland

Duplicating and scaling a vector mask

In this movie, we'll take our nicely masked droplet, and we'll go ahead and give it a soft shadow that's organic to the original scene, and we'll do so by duplicating, as well as transforming, and blurring our existing vector mask, and then we'll throw in a pixel-based layer mask to boot. All right, so starting where we left off, we'll go ahead, and turn on the shadow layer to make it active, and that's going to bring back the entirety of that original image. I'll click on the vector mask thumbnail for the drop layer here inside the Layers panel, so that I can see my path outline.

And you can either switch to the black arrow tool, and click on it to select it, or you can select the entire thing with the white arrow tool by pressing the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, and clicking on that path outline, and that goes ahead and selects the entire thing. Then go up to the Edit menu, and choose the Copy command, or just press Control+C, or Command+C on the Mac. Now switch to the shadow layer, and let's go ahead and give it a vector mask in advance by pressing the Control key, or the Command key on the Mac, and clicking on the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the panel.

Then select that layer mask thumbnail to make it active, and go up to the Edit menu again, and choose the Paste command, or press Control+V, or Command+V on the Mac, and that goes ahead and pastes that path outline at the exact position from which we copied it. The problem is, it's set to the wrong path operation. So go up to the Path operations icon in the control panel, click on it, and switch the setting to Combine Shapes, so that we end up once again masking the droplet. All right. I'm going to go ahead, and drag this path outline down and a little bit to the left, like so, and then, I am going to make it larger by going up to the Edit menu, and choosing the Command that is now Free Transform Path, or you can press Control+T, or Command+T on the Mac.

You can scale the path outline any way you want, but I'm going to work from the numbers here. I'll start by selecting the bottom middle reference point inside this tiny little matrix right there. And then I'll increase the Width Value to 140%, and I'll take the Height value up to 110%, and then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, a couple of times in order to scale my path outline. All right, now I'm going to click off the path to deselect it, and I'll select this right-hand point; I want to adjust the placement of these points a little bit. So I'm going to put that guy there, maybe drag this control handle down, essentially I want to cover a wider area in the shadow region.

This guy is a little bit too far over, so I'll move him to about this location. I need to bring in that control handle, so I'll drag it over, like so, and then move it upward as well. And then I'll straighten things out down here at the bottom of the shape by dragging this control handle to about right there looks good. I'll select the anchor point, so I can see this control handle. It wants to come out farther to about right there, so we have a little bit of symmetry surrounding this droplet. All right, now let's make the shadow soft. Now, you can't apply a filter, such as Gaussian Blur, to a vector mask.

And if I were to choose Gaussian Blur, then I would apply the blur effect to the pixels inside the image layer, as opposed to the mask. If you want to blur a vector mask, what you do is you double-click on the vector mask thumbnail to bring up the Properties panel, then you have to click that thumbnail again in order to make the vector mask active. And you increase the Feather value in order to apply a blur on the fly. I'm going to take that Feather value up to 60 pixels. This is a parametric effect, so you can change your mind anytime you like. But 60 pixels works for me, and now I'll go ahead and hide the Properties panel. All right.

I am going to click on the top of the shape here, and I'm going to drag this top anchor point up a little bit, so you can see that we're beginning to reveal the other drops on this leaf. We need to mask those out, but we can't do so with certainty using the vector mask, so I'm going to add another layer mask. Every layer can support up to one vector-based mask, and one pixel-based mask, which is why if you drop down to the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the panel, it's still available. So just go ahead and click on it, and this time, we get a pixel-based layer mask.

Now I'll switch to the Brush tool. If I right-click inside the image window, you can see that I've set the Size to 300 pixels; the Hardness is 0%. I'll go ahead and press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to accept those settings, and I'll press the D key to get my default colors, which are white for the foreground color, and black for the background. I want exactly the opposite, so I will press the X key in order to make my foreground color black, so I can mask these drops away just by painting in a big arc across them. This should do the trick. As soon as you see those drops disappear, that should be good enough.

Now I'll press the A key in order to switch back to the white arrow tool, and I'm going to take this point down to about this location here, so that we have more of a disc underneath the drop. I'll drag that left-hand control handle farther to left. I have got too much of a lump on the upper right segment, so I'll go ahead and retract the right-hand control handle to about this position looks good. All right! Now I'll click on the background layer to hide that vector mask. And that is our final effect, folks. We'll go ahead and press Shift+F in order to switch to the full screen mode, and then I'll zoom in on this droplet.

Let's see if we can see it this large. I might want to zoom out a click here in order to take in the entire thing. And that's how you isolate a natural image element against a pure white background using nothing but smooth points, along with a little bit of layer masking here inside Photoshop.

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