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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.
In the previous exercise I showed you how you can scale a Smart Object logo as many times as you want without harming it one iota. In this exercise, I'm going to show you how we can modify the logo by double-clicking on it, launch Illustrator, make some changes inside of Illustrator, and then save our changes into Photoshop, not to an AI file on disc, but right back into Photoshop in memory. It's an amazing thing. All right, so here I am. I have gone ahead and saved my progress as 65-percent logo.psd. So called of course because my logo appears at 65% of its original size back in the Illustrator.
We've kind of established that I and my art director don't necessarily get along. So let's say the art director comes by and goes, "What do you think, and what am I going to do with you?" Glistenex is very particular about their Glistenex blue, and they do not like their letters stroked with purple like that. That is just not going to fly. We need to get those strokes blue as well. We need to make everything Glistenex blue, and I'm like "Hey! No problem. Now that I understand how Smart Objects work, all I'm going to do is go over here to this Glistenex Logo layer, go to the thumbnail, double-click on it.
You are going to see this warning here that's going to tell you how to go about saving your changes. So once you get done modifying the contents of this logo, meaning that you are going to modify the logo itself, go ahead and choose File >Save to commit the changes. And I'll show you a different way to work. But those changes will be reflected upon returning to this composition right here. The file must be saved to the same location. This is a nutty little bit of text right here to the same location meaning, what? If the Save As dialog box appears, choose Cancel and flatten the image before saving. It has nothing to do with what we are about to do, because you can't flatten the image inside of Illustrator.
But anyway, we'll not see a Save As dialog box. The more important thing about this is that it is announcing to you that you should not choose Save As. You just want to choose the Save command or just close the Illustration and click on the Save button. That's a good way to work as well. I am not going to turn on my check box. You probably would want to do that. Once you learn how this works, you will probably not enjoy seeing this warning over and over again. So you will probably want to turn that on. But I'm just going to go ahead and click OK in order to open up the logo inside of Illustrator.
So here I'm inside of Adobe Illustrator. Now, those of you who don't know how Illustrator works, don't worry about it, unless you want to learn of course by all means. Check out my Adobe Illustrator CS4 One-on-One series. Anyway, what I want to do is I want to click on the logo to select it using my Black Arrow tool right here, and then I'm going to go over to the Appearance palette and I'll see here inside Appearance that I have a couple of different strokes. Actually, I have this None stroke as well. I don't know what that's about. But I have got this Violet stroke and I have got this sort of Grayish stroke.
So I'm going to click on the violet one and by clicking this down-pointing arrowhead, I'm going to change it to this color right there, Glistenex blue, this little swatch. That will take care of the offending violet color, and then I think I should do something with that Gray stroke as well. So I'll click on the Gray stroke right here, and I'll go ahead and click the down-pointing arrow, and I'll choose Glistenex blue like so. And now I have got blue on blue, which doesn't look too good. I want to back off of the blue a little bit. So I'm going to go up here to the Color palette, and I'm going to go ahead and set it to HSB as I have already done in advance. Probably appears the CMYK if you are working along with me. But I'll go to HSB and I'll decrease the Saturation value a little bit and I'll increase the Brightness as well and I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to hide the anchor points and the other selection artifacts, so I can see what I'm doing.
Let's go ahead and take that Brightness all the way up to 100% and see how that looks. Now, it looks pretty darn good to me. All right, now what I want to do is I want to go ahead and save my changes to Photoshop, and it's very easy. All you have to do, you can either go to the File menu and choose the Save command. You just do not want to choose Save As or any of those, or you can just close the Illustration. Just click on the close box and then Illustrator will ask you, Do you want to save the changes? And you click Yes. Now, you are not saving them. It implies that you are going to save in an Adobe Illustrator document called Vector Smart Object.ai. No, you are not. That's actually not true.
But go ahead and click Yes. Oh! And now it's telling you, you are saving to a legacy format, which really doesn't make any dang sense, because you are saving into Photoshop. But somehow Photoshop is tracking it this way. So anyway, you just say, "Yes, don't worry about it. I do want to continue". Then the file will close of course. You will go over to Photoshop manually and a moment later, you will see the logo updates. So you may see a couple of seconds of old logo and then you will see it update inside of Photoshop. You just saved your changes into Photoshop, into this layer right there. How do you know you didn't go ahead and for example save to the original document? Well, let's go to check it out.
I will go to the Bridge for a moment here, and I have got Glistenex logo and Glistenex logo (no PDF). Let's go ahead and open up Glistenex logo, because that's the one that I imported in the Photoshop. So I'll double-click on it to open it inside of Illustrator, and you can see here is the old purple stroke and the gray stroke around it. So we have the same old double stroke effect we had in the past. So Photoshop is not linking to this Illustration here, instead you actually save directly into Photoshop. So this Illustration exists only in Photoshop and nowhere else.
Now, if you decide later, Hey! I would like to have access to this version of the Illustration, because I want to import it into InDesign or some other program. Why then you would double- click on it in order to open it up inside of Illustrator. You would click OK to the warning and just not worry about that. You will bring up the second document. Notice you now have opened, or at least I do, Glistenex logo.ai and this more generically named Vector Smart Object.ai, and you would go up to the File menu and you would now choose Save As, and you would save this under a different file name.
Now, you are going to be dumped into this Temp folder right there. That's pretty standard. So you're going to have to dig your way out. But then you would go ahead and call it something like Glistenex blue or something along those lines and then click Save. But of course in a different location, you wouldn't want to do it here. Anyway, I'm going to cancel out. I'm fine the way things are. I'm just going to go right back to Photoshop. So that's how you launch Illustrator from Photoshop, make some modifications and save all your vector information right back into that Photoshop Smart Object layer. And does that mean that we have got all that vector information which would expand the size of my Photoshop file? Does that mean I have got that information now inside of this Photoshop document? Yes, indeed it does. The PDF information is there and available for editing inside of Illustrator at any point in time.
My goodness, what a technical topic. In the next exercise, we are going to get a lot less technical. We are going to import the first of many germs. Stay tuned.
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