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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, now for the final step. We are going to creep the Blue Man. I've given you a catchup document, its called Book cover.psd. Let's go ahead and clean things up just a little bit inside of the Layers palette so that I can get around on my tiny little itsy- bitsy postage stamp of a screen. I'm going to click on this top layer, its already selected, but just to make sure. Then I'm going to Shift+Click on Title invert, so I select all these layers in between. Notice that some of the layers are inside of a group. That's okay. I'm going to press Ctrl+G or Command+G on the Mac to put them in another group, and I'm going to call this one something like Random tidiness or something like that, Because it is random tidiness, I'm just trying to make room for the other stuff I want to do.
But notice, if I twirl this open, I've got a group inside of a group. So you can nest groups inside of groups, like five groups deep or something like that, I think. Anyway, give it a try. So now I'm going to click on the Color spin layer to make it active. I'm going to switch over to the Channels palette, because therein I've got you what's called an Alpha Channel that's sitting here, and it's this guy called petroglyph. Go and click on it to make it active. Alpha Channels are great for storing masks, as we'll learn in a later chapter.
This one is actually created from a Native American petroglyph, and I applied the Radio Blur filter, and I made some other modifications to make him my own, but he is the scary dude. Here is what we're going to do. You're going to press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and click on the thumbnail for the petroglyph layer to load it as a selection outline. All right. Now, go back to RGB, like so, that's just a Ctrl+Click or a Command+Click on the Mac on this channel. Then go back to the Layers palette; you should see the selection online, ready and waiting for you. Let's go to the Adjustments palette and we have a Hue/ Saturation layer, that's great. We're going to create another Hue/ Saturation layer, but it isn't going to be this one, so we need to click on the left pointing green arrowhead in order to go back to the adjustments list.
I want you to Alt+Click or Option+Click on this Hue/Saturation icon to bring up the New Layer dialog box, and we'll call this Blue man. Then we don't want to clip it or anything like that, so just Blue man, that's it. Click OK. We've made a new Blue man layer, there it is. I want you to go ahead and colorize everything below this layer, which includes of course the drive in screen and all that good stuff. It does not include any of the text. We're going to colorize by clicking on the Colorize checkbox. Notice that goes ahead and grabs a random yellow. I have no idea why it does this kind of stuff. Anyway, it went ahead and colorized the background in yellow. I guess it just decided that's what I wanted to do; Value of 72 right there. I want a Value of 220; remember the text, it had a Hue value of 220 degrees, which is around the blue region, of course.
Then we're going to increase the Saturation value to 100%, and notice we're just infusing this Hue value and this Saturation value into the luminance in the background. Then just to brighten things up, we're going to take this Lightness value up to 80. I'm just going to press Shift+Up Arrow eight times in order to increase the Lightness value to +80; as we've done here, and that is our final effect. So make sure Colorize is on; 220, 100, 80. Don't normally use Lightness, but I'm going to in this case, here inside the Hue/Saturation panel of the Adjustments palette.
This is our final work of suspensification by best-selling author Vatsuf Javbar. I'm amazed. One of the reasons I just love this project, it just amazes me what you can do with Adjustments layers inside of Photoshop, including applying Layer Effects to adjustment layers, like Drop Shadows and stuff like that, just wild. In the next exercise I'm going to introduce you to the topics of opacity and blend modes. Please join me.
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