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Installing the Pixel Bender

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Video: Installing the Pixel Bender

All right gang, exciting stuff here. We're now transitioning from Content-Aware Scale to the other old-new technology with Photoshop CS4 and that is the Pixel Bender. Now, there's three things I want you to note about the Pixel Bender. First of all it's a filter platform, you open this dialog box and you browse through a bunch of little micro filters, none of which I would consider to be absolutely critical, but there are a few that are highly amusing, and a couple that I find to be very useful. There's a better Radial Blur, and there's also this thing called Kaleidoscope that's great for making patterns, much better than the old bad old pattern maker, that sad thing.

Installing the Pixel Bender

All right gang, exciting stuff here. We're now transitioning from Content-Aware Scale to the other old-new technology with Photoshop CS4 and that is the Pixel Bender. Now, there's three things I want you to note about the Pixel Bender. First of all it's a filter platform, you open this dialog box and you browse through a bunch of little micro filters, none of which I would consider to be absolutely critical, but there are a few that are highly amusing, and a couple that I find to be very useful. There's a better Radial Blur, and there's also this thing called Kaleidoscope that's great for making patterns, much better than the old bad old pattern maker, that sad thing.

So these are included with Pixel Bender by default, the other thing you should know is that those of you who have a head for scripting, so you can wrap your mind around a little bit of math, some coding, that kind of thing, you can create your own Pixel Bender Filters, with some degree of success actually. You have quite a bit of flexibility, and I'm not going to even purport to do a course on making a Pixel Bender Filter. All I'm going to do is point you toward couple of resources here. Then finally, the other thing you should know is that Pixel Bender does not ship along with Photoshop CS4, you have to go download it. Now it's a free download, it's available here from Adobe Labs and here's the full URL in case you're curious, and you go there, and you'll come to the Pixel Bender, and then you'll scroll down, and you'll go ahead and download, not the tool kit necessarily.

The tool kit is for those of you who want to write your own filters and share them with friends and that kind of thing. Rather, you want to come down to the bottom, where it says Pixel Bender Plug -in for Photoshop CS4, and there's one for 32 bit, whether you're using a Mac or a PC, doesn't matter, and that's the one I downloaded, because I'm working with a 32 bit version of Windows Vista. But if you have 64 bit Windows, then you need to go ahead and download this final version right there. All right, once you've done it, then you'll get this little guy, some place, I put it on my desktop, and then in order to install it, you double click on it, and that should with any luck, and I'm just saying, cross your fingers, you'll open Adobe Extension Manager CS4, and you'll not get an error message about how you don't have permissions. If you do get a permissions error message, it's because you haven't reconciled permissions correctly on your machine, and that's something you'll have to do on your own, I'm afraid.

All right, so then you accept this disclaimer of course, and then just like that, it gets installed. So, it's either going to work incredibly easily, just like it did for me, or you're going to have permissions problems and you're going to be banging your head against the screen. But anyway, there we are, now it's all installed, now of course I would go ahead and launch Photoshop, because I had quit Photoshop, so if you had it running, you need to quit it, and then relaunch the program. Then you will have installed not only the Pixel Bender, but you'll also have installed several different filters that work inside the Pixel Bender.

Now you may get this error message right here. It's a gratuitous unnecessary message at this point. It's not an error message; it's just an alert. It's telling you that Photoshop CS4 now includes graphics card acceleration. Geez, did you know that? Well, you probably saw that message the first time you launched Photoshop CS4, and you're seeing it again, because Pixel Bender highlights Photoshop CS4 support for OpenGL. So you're asked here if you want to go and install your latest video card driver. You would say no, ostensibly, because you've already gone through all that rigmarole. If you're able to take advantage of all the OpenGL navigation functions, then you're fine. So just say no, and then, assuming you were able to install Pixel Bender successfully, and everything is right ready to go, and you can check, you can go up to the Filter menu and you should see the Pixel Bender command right there.

Assuming that's true, then join me in the next exercise, and I'll show you how to use it.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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Deke McClelland
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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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