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Introducing the Filter Gallery filters

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Video: Introducing the Filter Gallery filters

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the nearly 50 filters, I believe there are 47 in all that run inside the Filter Gallery and these, let's say, 47 filters always run inside the Filter Gallery, which is this big gargantuan interface. It's kind of a subprogram and all the other filters never run inside the Filter Gallery. So these 47 filters are a kind of clique. It's a real Hatfileds and McCoys situation. Now, all of the Filter Gallery filters are effects filters as opposed to corrective filters like your Smart Sharpening, your Gaussian Blur and your Reduce Noise and those guys.

Introducing the Filter Gallery filters

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the nearly 50 filters, I believe there are 47 in all that run inside the Filter Gallery and these, let's say, 47 filters always run inside the Filter Gallery, which is this big gargantuan interface. It's kind of a subprogram and all the other filters never run inside the Filter Gallery. So these 47 filters are a kind of clique. It's a real Hatfileds and McCoys situation. Now, all of the Filter Gallery filters are effects filters as opposed to corrective filters like your Smart Sharpening, your Gaussian Blur and your Reduce Noise and those guys.

These are all effects and they only run in RGB. So you have to be working with an RGB image and yet the Filter Gallery actually affords to use certain advantages that you can't get elsewhere, as we will see. All right, so I have gone ahead and saved my changes as Excellent textures. That's the most current version of the file found inside the 06_filter_masks folder and what I have gone ahead and done is I have colorized the Filter menu here and I would like you to see it. So, first of all, we are going to switchover to the photograph layer, this specific Smart Object there.

And for the time being I am going to turn off the clone layer. So, we are looking at the image without the Emboss effect. All right, now I would like you to go up to the Filter menu. Now, your commands are not going to be colored this way. It did this on my computer so that you can see what's going on here, but basically, every command that's yellow calls up the Filter Gallery. So, certainly the Filter Gallery command calls up the Filter Gallery and if you want to see what it looks like real quick, I will just go ahead and choose that command. This is the Filter Gallery. Right here we have this gargantuan preview that's actually extremely accurate.

The previewing functions of the Filter Gallery are totally awesome. I am going to go ahead and back out a little bit here and you can do that by pressing Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac. So, your standard zooming shortcuts work inside the Filter Gallery. Then you have a list of all the various effects filters that are available to you and they are listed with these little thumbnail previews, which is awfully handy. So, you can get a sense of what they are going to do and they are all listed according to their submenus they appear in inside the Filter menu and we will come back to that in just a minute, and here is where you basically build up your effects down here on the lower right corner, I will show you that later, and here is where you specify your settings.

Right now we haven't established any effects so far, so we don't have any settings to modify. But I just want you to see this is the Filter Gallery right here. Let's go and cancel out for now. First, I would like you to see which commands run inside the gallery. So once again I will go up to the Filter menu. Yellow means it calls up the Filter Gallery, so all of the Artistic filters, every single one of them runs inside the Filter Gallery. Every single one of the Brush Stroke commands runs inside the Filter Gallery. Nothing from the Blur menu runs inside the Filter Gallery, nothing from Noise, nothing from Pixelate, nothing from Render, nothing from Sharpen, nothing from Video, not that you are going to use that ever, and nothing from Other.

So, those commands are just your standard everyday old-fashioned, sometimes very, very powerful commands, but they don't run inside the Filter Gallery. Whereas all the Artistic ones do, all the Brush Strokes, all the Sketch filters, which all produce black and white effects. More on that later. It's not really just necessarily black and white, but it's foreground to background color effects and then all of the Texture filters. Those four submenu's worth of filters always run inside the Filter Gallery, and how do you remember that? Really just experience.

You just come to terms with that over time. You can also see inside of the Filter Gallery which filters can be called up. Now, I have gone ahead and made two submenus orange, because that means that one to three commands from that menu run inside the Filter Gallery. So, if I choose Distort, I am going to see that Diffuse Glow, Glass, and Ripple. I have set all three of those to yellow, because all three of those commands run inside the Filter Gallery. Not that they are all that good, but they do run inside the Filter Gallery. By the way, the quality of the filters vary dramatically. I should say that.

So some of them you are going to like a lot, and others you aren't. A lot of it it's going to be purely subjective and then some of it is going to be sort of like, yeah, that's pretty bad. Anyway, then under the Stylize submenu we have one command Glowing Edges that runs inside the Filter Gallery. The other ones don't. All right, so that's it. As I say, I have just colorized these commands on my machine. They don't appear colorized on your machine, but I just want you see that and in the case you are wondering how I colorized commands, you do that from the Edit menu, you choose the Menus command and then you sift around through the menu commands and you can assign colors to them if you want. Anyway, that's it.

Those are the Filter Gallery filters. I just wanted you to get a sense of what we are getting into, because they do afford very specific advantages when applied as Smart Filters as we will see beginning in the next exercise.

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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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