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Installing the CS4 color settings

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Video: Installing the CS4 color settings

In this second housekeeping exercise I'm going to show you how to establish what I considered to be the ideal color settings inside of Photoshop. I'm going to stress up front that this is an entirely optional step on your part. You don't have to do it. It should cause no problems whatsoever, and it's very easy to pull off. It's mostly a matter of just making sure that you are taking full advantage of the color space offered by your monitor. And the other thing that it does is it ensures that we don't see these little asterisks up here in the title bar when you open one of my sample images inside Photoshop.

Installing the CS4 color settings

In this second housekeeping exercise I'm going to show you how to establish what I considered to be the ideal color settings inside of Photoshop. I'm going to stress up front that this is an entirely optional step on your part. You don't have to do it. It should cause no problems whatsoever, and it's very easy to pull off. It's mostly a matter of just making sure that you are taking full advantage of the color space offered by your monitor. And the other thing that it does is it ensures that we don't see these little asterisks up here in the title bar when you open one of my sample images inside Photoshop.

So here's how it works. This is basically a two-step process. First you establish your color settings here inside Photoshop. And then you switch over and establish Creative Suite-wide color settings inside of the Bridge. If you own the Creative Suite. Let me show you how it works. I'll go out to the Edit menu, for starters, and then I'll choose the Color Settings command in order to bring up the Color Settings dialog box. Now if you're working some place in North America your setting should be set by default to North American General Purpose 2.

So if you're working in some other country you'll see some other default setting. But very likely regardless here inside Working Spaces the very next option, RGB, will read SRGB followed a bunch of a other characters. What that tells you is you're working inside the standard RGB space, which is an old-style RGB space that's designed to simulate basically a worse case scenario monitor. An old CRT tube versus the new LCD screens most of us use these days.

The better option, especially when you're working with a robust color machine like Photoshop, is to switch your RGB setting from SRGB to Adobe RGB. Go ahead and do that, if you're working along with me. Assuming you were working from the default settings in the first place, you don't need to make any other modifications. You may, however, want to check that your Color Management Policies are set to Preserve Embedded Profiles for RGB, CMYK, and Gray, and that all three of these checkboxes down below are turned off.

In which case then go ahead and click on the save button and let's go ahead and call this file best workflow, which is what I like to call it, and then click the Save button. Photoshop will automatically save this file the proper settings folder in your hard drive. Then you can enter a description so you can remember how the world you came up with these color settings in the first place. I've created a description in advance that I'll go and paste in, which is "These are the settings recommended by Deke in a Smart Objects course for lynda.com." In order to create that new Best Workflow settings file.

And then I'll click OK in order to apply these settings inside Photoshop. And now notice where this image file is concerned, I no longer see as asterisk here inside the parentheses in the title bar. Now let's say that you own the entire Creative Suite, that it's not just Photoshop but you own Illustrator and InDesign perhaps Flash and Dreamweaver as well. Then you can apply these color settings across the entire suite by going up to the applications bar up here at the top of this screen and clicking on the orange Launch Bridge icon and that'll take you into the Bridge, which is the file browser that ships along with Photoshop.

Then go to the Edit menu and choose the Creative Suite Color Settings command. And here's the thing. If you don't see that command or if it doesn't work, you don't own the full Creative Suite. Don't worry about it. That's not going to affect your ability to work through this course for your ability to work inside of Photoshop. Everything is A-OK. Just go back to Photoshop and continue working. However, if you do see the command and if choosing it does work, then go ahead and locate the Best Workflow item here inside the list and then click on the Apply button in order to apply those color settings across all applications inside the Creative Suite.

And that, my friends, is all there is to it. Now you and I are ready to exploit the amazing power of Smart Objects inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop 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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