Photoshop Smart Objects
Illustration by John Hersey

Photoshop Smart Objects

with Deke McClelland

Video: Editing filter masks and density

All right gang, I am still working inside Prematurely gray.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. The only thing I've done is I've added a filter mask to my Smart Filters right there. Now notice this one overarching filter mask that affects all filters that are assigned to this one Smart Object in-kind. So you do not have filter-by- filter-by-filter masking control. I will show you how to achieve that kind of control, if you so desire, using embedded Smart Objects.
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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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8h 5m Intermediate Nov 06, 2009

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Photoshop Smart Objects explores the creation and use of Smart Objects, one of the most technically demanding tools in Photoshop. Deke McClelland walks through the four primary purposes of Smart Objects, and focuses on one of their most practical advantages, non-destructive transformations. This feature allows any object to be manipulated in any way, while still maintaining its original pixel information. Finally, Deke shows how to crop compositions without affecting a single pixel, even in masks. Exercise files accompany this course.

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

Topics include:
  • Preparing a composition for masking
  • Manually adjusting problematic edges in a composition
  • Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
  • Roughing in a polygonal mask
  • Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
  • Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Editing filter masks and density

All right gang, I am still working inside Prematurely gray.psd found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. The only thing I've done is I've added a filter mask to my Smart Filters right there. Now notice this one overarching filter mask that affects all filters that are assigned to this one Smart Object in-kind. So you do not have filter-by- filter-by-filter masking control. I will show you how to achieve that kind of control, if you so desire, using embedded Smart Objects.

That does happen to work. Then you can create a Smart Object that has one filter with one mask inside of another Smart Object that has another filter in another mask and so on, and we'll see that later. But for now, one filter mask will do us just fine. Now what I would like you to do is go ahead and grab the Brush tool right there. Click on it to select it. I am going to make the Brush tool much, much bigger by pressing the right bracket key. That's the square bracket key. Make sure that your foreground color is set to black, so that you can paint away details from your filtered effect.

And then I am going to kind of move things over a little bit, so that I can paint this gray hair away. That's all it takes, my goodness. You can just wash that gray away, so easy. And once you get down to this area, you might want to reduce the size of your brush by pressing the left bracket key a few times. So you may know about this. You can change the brush on the fly using the bracket key combos there. Now then, once you've gotten rid of all the gray in the black region of his hair so that he looks like this. He just looks gorgeous now. Excellent! Then press the 5 key to reduce the Opacity to 50% as I've done and then maybe go ahead and reduce the size of the brush a little bit and then paint down his sideburns, like so.

If you feel like you've gone too far with the effect, you have painted it away too much, as I have. I am going to actually undo that last brush stroke there. Then let's try the 4 key for 40% and then press the X key to switch the foreground to background color. So the foreground color is white and then I'll just click right here to restore some of that filtered effect like so. I'll go ahead and press the 0 key to restore the Opacity to 100%. When you paint with white, you are going to paint the filtered effect back in, and then I'll press the X key to switch to black.

When you paint with black, you'll paint that filtered effect away, like so. So just remember that you can go back and forth without any difficulty whatsoever. It's very easy to work that way. It's very much like working with a layer mask inside of Photoshop. Now here is the amazing thing. If you're working inside of Photoshop CS4, and you have access to the Masks palette, I was telling you in an earlier chapter that you have this Feather control that's parametric, nondestructive, allows you to make the edges fuzzier on the fly. We already saw that once.

It's a great option. But the next great option inside of this palette is Density. Let me go ahead and show you how that works. I am going to switch back to my regular Marquee tool so that I regain my cross shaped cursor there. Not necessary, but I just like to do that. And then I can restore some of the filtered effect across the board by lowering the Density value. So what you're doing when you lower the Density value, you're actually lowering the opacity of the mask and that is restoring the opacity of the filtered effects right there.

So it's sort of the opposite of an opacity value, because you're restoring the opacity of the filtered effect. So if you take the Density value all the way down to 0, then the mask becomes completely invisible and your filtered effects are fully restored. There would be no reason to do that of course, but you can go to 0% if you want to and if you take the value back up to 100%, your masks is completely restored and your filters are masked according to your specifications. And if you want to split the difference between the two, then you just go ahead and lower that Density value, and I am going to take my Density value down to 70% like so.

I can always change this value later, if I want to restore the mask or lower its opacity by lowering the Density value, and there you have the effect, folks. We have gotten rid of the gray in his hair. I think that's a terrific thing and if you want to compare before and after versions of your masked effect, Shift+ Click on this mask right there to turn it off. This works inside of Photoshop CS3 as well. Shift+Click again to turn the mask back on. And that's the power of some very straightforward filter masking here inside Photoshop.

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