Installing custom content
Video: Installing custom contentBefore we get started, there's some housekeeping we need to do, and what I want to do is set up things so that what you have on your screen are the same as mine. We're going to install a Custom Workspace. So, if you already have workspaces that you work with, you won't be losing any of your settings, you'll just be adding a new workspace to your workspaces that you already have and then we're also going to install some other items that match the course. So, what we want to do, is go into Exercise Files, and I'm just showing you this because we're going to, in a moment, be actually doing this within Photoshop.
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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artist's tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.
- Setting up a Wacom tablet
- Removing lens distortions
- Correcting distracting image elements
- Making shadow and highlight adjustments
- Simplifying details with filters and Smart Blur
- Modifying color
- Cloning layers
- Using a traditional paint color swatch set
- Using custom actions
- Working with canvas texture
- Creating physical surface texture effects
- Painting with custom brushes
Installing custom content
Before we get started, there's some housekeeping we need to do, and what I want to do is set up things so that what you have on your screen are the same as mine. We're going to install a Custom Workspace. So, if you already have workspaces that you work with, you won't be losing any of your settings, you'll just be adding a new workspace to your workspaces that you already have and then we're also going to install some other items that match the course. So, what we want to do, is go into Exercise Files, and I'm just showing you this because we're going to, in a moment, be actually doing this within Photoshop.
So, from the Exercise Files, there's Custom Content, and then there's this Cloning Layers Extra Lynda edition. That's the folder that we're going to be targeting in Photoshop. So, just so you know, that's where it is, and this is the path you're gonna have to follow to get to it. So, let's go to Photoshop and we'll go to the Edit menu and we go down to Presets here. We're going to open the Export/Import Presets dialog. Here it is, and we want to click on the Import Presets tab.
When that's highlighted, then the Select Import Folder button shows up, so let's click on that, and what we have to do now then is go through and get to this folder right here and we'll say Open. So, these are the presets that we're going to add, so we're going to say Add All and let's say Import Presets, OK, OK. Now, we need to quit Photoshop and then open it back up for that to be present.
So, let's go ahead and quit Photoshop. So now, we'll go down and reopen Photoshop. Now, this is something that threw me off and I want to let you know this. If you don't see it here, it's because it's actually up above and you have to kind of scroll up to get to this, and that can be a little confusing. So, let's go ahead and do that. Now, we've now set all of our content up, and let's check swatches, and if we go here, you'll be wanting to adjust to and get to the Traditional Oil Colors, and you'll find out more about those later, but those are important.
We've also now got our settings. This how I like to have things set up. I will be referring to the Actions Palette several times and here's our custom actions that are now installed. Within our Tool Presets, we also have several sorted versions and I'll be talking about those in the title as well. So that's the custom installation of the Photoshop extras. In the next movie, I'm going to talk about how to install the Wacom preferences so that you have the correct settings on your Wacom tablet to follow along.
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- Q: I'm unable to install the custom Wacom settings included with the exercise files. Any advice on how to load them?
- A: After the course was recorded, we discovered that the Wacom preference files are not cross-platform and are specific to the machine that created them, which limits their use. However, in the exercise files you'll find a PDF labeled Intuos4 Mapping_PS_CS5.pdf; using this document, you can manually enter the settings in the Wacom control panel. Also, please note that the settings are not necessary to complete the course.
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