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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

Heaping on the Smart Filters


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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Heaping on the Smart Filters

Now I dare say Smart Filters wouldn't be Smart Filters if you couldn't heap on multiple filters onto a single Smart Object, but they are and you can and that's great, and here is how it works. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Better sharpening.psd and it features this smart girl layer right there. We have the Smart Sharpen filter right there applied with over the top settings. If you were to double-click on it, you would see 350% is the amount, 4.0 for radius, just extreme sharpening going on, but thanks to the fact that we set the Blending settings to Luminosity and an Opacity 40%. We have a much more reasonable result here on screen.
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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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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery
13h 7m Advanced May 29, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Defining the essentials of masking
  • Resizing images with content-aware scaling
  • Adjusting perspective with Vanishing Point
  • Applying Smart Filters to create complex effects
  • Using the Auto-Align tool to build composite images
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Heaping on the Smart Filters

Now I dare say Smart Filters wouldn't be Smart Filters if you couldn't heap on multiple filters onto a single Smart Object, but they are and you can and that's great, and here is how it works. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Better sharpening.psd and it features this smart girl layer right there. We have the Smart Sharpen filter right there applied with over the top settings. If you were to double-click on it, you would see 350% is the amount, 4.0 for radius, just extreme sharpening going on, but thanks to the fact that we set the Blending settings to Luminosity and an Opacity 40%. We have a much more reasonable result here on screen.

All right, let's say that we want to make the highlights pop a little bit and I'm going to do that using an application of the Medium filter and then I'd like to add some clarity as well in the form of a pass of the high pass filter set to a high radius value. So let's see what that looks like. I still have smart girl selected right here. I will go onto the Filter>Noise>Median, because I consider it to be one of the really great filters inside of Photoshop and I'm going to take this Median value up to 20 pixels, so quite high inside of this image. Then I'll go ahead and click OK and of course that looks ridiculous and it completely wipes out my sharpening effect. In fact, if I were to turn off Smart Sharpen for a moment so that we were only seeing Median. It's not much different. So Smart Sharpen now is contributing almost nothing to our process. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to turn Smart Sharpen back on.

Let's go ahead and lessen the impact of the Median filter by changing its Blend settings. So I'll go ahead and double- click on its little slider icon right there and I'm going to change mode from Normal to Lighten and we'll get this effect so that we are only keeping the effects of the Median filter if they are lightening the original pixels inside the image and then I'm going to change the Opacity value. I'll take it down to 70%. Now that's still a lot of Median action going on, but it is reduced setting for now. Click OK and you can see what kind of difference this filter makes now. If I turn off Median, this is what the image looks like without the Median filter, but with Smart Sharpen and then this is what it looks like with both of the filters applied together.

You can also test out what the image looks like just without Smart Sharpen while keeping the effects of Median like so and then this is what it looks like with both Smart Sharpen and Median applied. In each case I'm turning off an eyeball and then to turn the eyeball back on, I'm pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo the hiding of the filter and that tends to be a quicker way to work. FYI, a little bit of a tip for me to you. If you turn the eyeball back on, Photoshop has to go in and recalculate the procedure. If you just press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, then it just undoes the hiding of the filter, which is much faster especially inside of high- resolution images. Believe me; I just gave you one of the best tips where Smart Filters are concerned ever in my humble estimation, my experience with using them of course.

So smart girl is still selected, let's apply that clarity in the form of High Pass. I'm going to go to Filter>Other> High Pass, and I'm going to raise this value to 50. So again a very high value here, click OK, you may recall, if we are trying to sharpen with High Pass, we want to go with a low value and then bump up the Opacity and apply a blend mode such as either Overlay or Linear Light. If we want clarity that is we want enhancement of edges without sharpening of the edges, then we want a high radius value combined with a lesser blend mode.

Anyway, I'm going to take this Radius value up to 50 pixels, click OK and then I'm going to switch over here to the Blending Options, once again for High Pass. You can see that there is the High Pass filter now heaped on top of the stack. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on the Blending icon and I'm going to change the mode from Normal to Overlay and then at this point, I might go ahead and reduce the Opacity of the application of that filter to 50% so that we are backing it off quite a bit actually and then click OK in order to accept that modification.

Now this is what the image looked like before I applied High Pass and you can see that it does a moment just to even turn off a filter. That's why it's so great that you can undo the hiding of a filter. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac to reapply High Pass right there and of course you can turn on and off the other filters in the stack as well, if you want to get a sense of how all of the filters are interacting. This is what the image would look like if we hadn't applied Median. So it ended up looking darker around the edges, especially in the mascara section of the eye here and around the pupil and so on. Then I'll press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac to undo the hiding of Median and then finally, just for larks, I'll turn off smart sharpen so we can see what its contribution to the effort is.

There is what the image would look like if we had not sharpened it with Smart Sharpen and then Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac to see what it looks like with Smart Sharpen. Now that's not the final effect I want. I'm going to want to modify these Filter settings further; I'm going to change the order of the filters in the stack. We'll see how all of that works in the next exercise.

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Q: My Polygon tool is locked into a very small size. I can use the Transform tool to increase it's size once drawn, but I must have something set that will not allow me to freely draw it like I can the other shapes. What could be causing this problem?
A: This could be caused by a value associated with the Radius option of the tool. Click the down-pointing arrowhead to the right (a few tool icons over) from the Polygon tool in the options bar at the top of the screen. This brings up pop-up panel. If the Radius option has a number value, select that value and press Delete or Backspace to clear it out. That should fix the problem.
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