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Employing nested Smart Objects

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Video: Employing nested Smart Objects

For those of you who had only the dimmest comprehension of what in the world I was gushing on about at the end of previous exercise. Here is what I'm talking about. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Density mask.psd, and I've got this Smart Object right here called Smart Girl. We've got a trio of Smart Filters assigned to it with one filter mask, and that's all you got folks. You've got one filter mask for a group of smart filters and you can have only one group of Smart Filters per Smart Object. You can't create sort of splitter group, so Smart Filters are going off in different directions with different filter masks.

Employing nested Smart Objects

For those of you who had only the dimmest comprehension of what in the world I was gushing on about at the end of previous exercise. Here is what I'm talking about. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Density mask.psd, and I've got this Smart Object right here called Smart Girl. We've got a trio of Smart Filters assigned to it with one filter mask, and that's all you got folks. You've got one filter mask for a group of smart filters and you can have only one group of Smart Filters per Smart Object. You can't create sort of splitter group, so Smart Filters are going off in different directions with different filter masks.

That might actually be a really great idea, but it's not an option inside of Photoshop. So if you want to assign a different filter that's using a different filter mask, that's the important part. Then you are going to have to create a nested Smart Object, and that is the purpose and intention of this exercise. So I want to apply Gaussian Blur to just the highlights and the light mid-tones inside this image whereas all my other filters are masked off, so that they are only affecting the shadows and dark mid -tones inside the image. So I need an entirely different opposite filter mask.

So here is what you do. You go ahead and select your Smart Object in progress and you go up to your Layers palette fly-out menu right there, and you choose this command Convert to Smart Object. A Smart Object is a container. So we've got the image inside of a Smart Object container with a group of Smart Filters assigned to it. Now, we are going to take that cluster of junk and put it into a Smart Object container. So we can assign a different filter to it with a different filter mask. So here it goes. As soon as I choose that command, notice all my Smart Filters appear to go away. I still have a Smart Object right there and it's still called Smart Girl, but my Smart Filters are a thing of the past.

Well, obviously they are not, because the image looks exactly the same as it did before. So the Smart Filters must still be operational. They haven't been flattened or merged or rasterized or any of that stuff. If you double-click on the Smart Girl thumbnail right there, then you will enter this thing called Smart girl1.psb, which is this temporary Smart Object document. Therein, you will find our missing filters, there they all are, still extent, and our density mask. So everything is hunky-dory. So just go ahead and close out of this image. We don't need to mess with it.

Let's go back to our larger composition that contains the nested Smart Object and now we are going to go up to the Filter menu and we are going to choose Blur and we are going to choose Gaussian Blur. Then I'm going to apply a big old radius value of 20 pixels, and I'll click OK. Now, at this point I think okay, I want to take advantage of that. So I'll double-click on the slider icon right there, and I'll change the blend mode from Normal to Overlay, like so. And that's it. I'll click OK. Now, it's a ridiculous effect at this point. Bear in mind, I'm only going to be affecting the highlight detail, not the shadows. The shadows are the stuff that's just going to heck right now. That's okay. Click OK in order to accept that modification.

Now, we need to assign a luminance mask and I'll tell you the easiest way to create a luminance mask is to take this existing filter mask. It doesn't have anything going on in it, and throw it away. Just go ahead and select it. You can either drag it to the Trash Can like so, and then release it and it goes away. That's one way to get rid of it. Another way is to Alt-click or Option-click on that Trash Can icon while the filter mask is active. It will go blink away without bugging you. Or, and this possibly is the easiest thing to do. Just right-click on that mask. That would be Ctrl-click if you don't have a right mouse button on the Mac and then Choose Delete Filter Mask, and it will go away.

That's just because it's easier to recreate it than work with it already there when you are creating a luminance mask. Now, I'm going to turn off Smart Filters, and also notice everything takes up less room as well without that filter mask. I will turn off the Smart Filters. I'll go to the Channels palette, I'll Ctrl-click or Command-click on the Red channel in order to load it as a selection outline. I'll return to the Layers palette, I'll turn on Smart Filters, I'll right-click on the Smart Filters item, and I'll choose Add Filter Mask. Again, if you don't have a right mouse button on the Mac, you'd press the Ctrl key and click, and that limits the effect to just the highlight detail.

So big difference, if I Shift-click in order to turn the mask off and then Shift-click again to turn the mask on, you can see huge difference now and notice the thumbnail here. It's just an exact copy of the Red channel. That's all it is. Then here is what the image looks like without that heaping of Gaussian Blur, and this is what it looks like with this latest heaping of Gaussian Blur. I think it looks a lot better. I think we are incrementally making better and better modifications to this image. So that's how you use nested Smart Objects. Now, what if you try applying a filter and then you figure out that you need a different filter mask and then you nest your Smart Object and then you want to retrieve the filter and put it back in the other place. Basically, you want to work between your image files.

What do you do? Well, I'll show you how that works and it will make a lot more sense by the time we are done of course in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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