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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 gang, before we embark on a 200 plus movies that make up Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced, I want to give you the opportunity to load a few settings here. Both my Deke Keys keyboard shortcuts and my Best Workflow CS4 color settings and the idea is this. These files keep Photoshop running at top form and the keyboard shortcuts allow us to access some really common commands much more easily than digging through the menu system. Of course Best Workflow CS4 ensures that we have consistent color across different applications, but also I want you and I to be on the same page, so that we are minimizing any potential points of confusion.
Now you do not have to load these files. It's not compulsory. They are just there if you need them. Those of you who dutifully worked your way through the nearly 200 movies that make up Photoshop CS4 One on One Fundamentals and you already loaded Deke Keys in Best Workflow CS4 in Chapter 3, you don't have to do it again. These are the exact same files, so you are good to go, you can skip ahead to Chapter 13, levels and Curves and get started. All right, so here is a deal. I have got this image open in Photoshop, it's just a preview of coming attractions just little bit of eye candy, you do not need to have it open, it has nothing to do with this exercise. But if you want to look at it, it's called Warped clock.psd. Anyway having answered that burning question, this is the folder you want to make sure you are in. If you are a premium member or you have access to the DVD, you go to your exercise_files folder and you go to the 00_settings folder and therein you will find a folder called dekeKeys PsCS41on1.
We are going to start with Deke Keys in this exercise, move onto Best Workflow CS4 in the next exercise. I'm going to go ahead and open up this Deke Keys folder right there. Therein you will find two files, one for the Mac and one for Windows and it doesn't matter whether you are using Windows Vista or Windows XP, it works for Windows. Now here is how you go ahead and load these files, it's the easiest way to do it. You should be able to just double- click one of these files, the one that corresponds to your platform, that's very important of course, and then Photoshop will go ahead and launch, if it's not already running or it will come to front, and then it will go ahead and load your keyboard shortcuts.
But we have had users experienced a few problems. Either the wrong version Photoshop loads or the completely wrong application loads like Adobe Premier. So just to be on the safe side, here is what you do. You right-click on the file you want to use, and I'm working under Windows Vista, so I'd would right-click in this file right here, the Windows file. If you don't have a right mouse button on the Mac then you would press the Ctrl key and then click and then choose the Open With command, on the Mac you should see a sub-menu that will list Photoshop CS4. Go ahead and choose it. Then wait a moment, while I tell the PC people what to do. If you are on the PC, you choose the Open With command and then you should see Adobe Photoshop CS4 perhaps along with some other applications right there, click on it.
If you can't see it, then you have got to go ahead and click in the Browse button and you should find Photoshop if you did a default installation on your C drive in the Program Files folder inside the Adobe folder and then dig your way into the Adobe Photoshop CS4 folder and you will find the application. That's a pain in the neck, but you will have to do it if you don't see it. Hopefully you will see it right there and you will just click on OK. Now if Photoshop is not running, you should see it launched. If Photoshop is running it will probably come to front but there is no guaranty. It certainly will not beep or flash or give you any indication that anything has happened.
Here is how you determine that something has happened. You go to the Edit menu, you choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command or you press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, Command+Shift+Option+K on the Mac, and up comes the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box and you should see this. Photoshop Defaults (modified). That tells you, you just got through modifying the keyboard shortcuts, hopefully they were modified correctly, let's check. Go ahead and click on this twirly triangle in front of File to twirl that open and then scroll your way down until you come to this item right there, Place, and you should see a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D, Command+Shift+Option+D on the Mac, in case you are wondering why you like keep saying the keyboard shortcuts backward, it's because the industry standard is to say Ctrl or Command first, Shift second, Alt or Option third, not in this strange way that Adobe decides to list its keyboard shortcuts, but I digress, it really doesn't matter.
Anyway, you should see that, keyboard shortcut right there. If so, everything is grand, I'm going to go ahead and twirl this close for the sake of tidiness. Then we will save off our keyboard shortcut by clicking on the Floppy Disk icon because after all that's what we all use to save things. Do not change the directory. You want to make sure that you are saving in the keyboard shortcuts folder that is mired deep in the bowels of your hard drive. Now the exact path is going to be different on the Mac or under Windows XP. Just leave it alone. All right, instead what you are going to do is go ahead and name this file and I propose that you call it dekeKeys CS4 but I really don't care what you call it. Call it Fred keys for all I care, or name it after yourself, that's fine they are just keyboard shortcuts. Click on the Save button and you are done. You should see the set right there, good to go, click OK and now you can get to some really great commands from the keyboard.
For example, some really common filters. Normally you have to dig for filters by going to the Filter menu, choosing the sub-menu name and then choosing the filter and things like Smart Sharpen and Unsharp Mask are so essential that you may find yourself using them on a daily basis. So why not have keyboard shortcuts and I go ahead and give all of what I consider to the best filters, all six of them, there are six filters that I recommend you use pretty frequently and I go ahead and give them Shift plus a Function key with my Deke Keys shortcuts.
Now I tell you what, that isn't necessarily going to work just right out of the bag for those of you who are Macintosh users, because of the way that Mac is set up. So if you are PC people though, you should be fine, you should be good to go, go ahead now, having gotten this to work. Skip ahead two exercises to my discussion of installing the Best Workflow CS4 Color Settings. If you are a Mac person though, I want you to stick tight; I want you to watch the next exercise in which I'll show you how to make sure that you can use your function keys inside of Photoshop.
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