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Introducing Smart Filters

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Video: Introducing Smart Filters

I am going to start things off by showing you some Smart Filter applications for a few common filter scenarios that we examined back in the advance portion of this series. So I'll show you how to sharpen with Smart Filters, I'll show you how to smooth, and I'll also show you how to apply Shadows Highlights, and those were the topics, incidentally, of chapters 15, 16 and 17 respectively. So we're going to start things off with one of the sharpening examples that we first saw on Chapter 15 and that's Rodents in love.jpg. And the first thing that we need to do, because this is a flat JPEG file, we need to go ahead and convert the background layer into a Smart Object and you can do that in a couple of different ways.

Introducing Smart Filters

I am going to start things off by showing you some Smart Filter applications for a few common filter scenarios that we examined back in the advance portion of this series. So I'll show you how to sharpen with Smart Filters, I'll show you how to smooth, and I'll also show you how to apply Shadows Highlights, and those were the topics, incidentally, of chapters 15, 16 and 17 respectively. So we're going to start things off with one of the sharpening examples that we first saw on Chapter 15 and that's Rodents in love.jpg. And the first thing that we need to do, because this is a flat JPEG file, we need to go ahead and convert the background layer into a Smart Object and you can do that in a couple of different ways.

One is to go to the Layers panel, click on the flyout menu icon, and choose Convert to Smart Object or if you loaded DekeKeys you can press Ctrl+Comma or Command+Comma on the Mac and that will convert the background item into a Smart Object then any filter you apply becomes a Smart Filter. The other way it works is to go up to the Filter menu and choose Convert for Smart Filters and it does exactly the same thing with one difference, the first time you choose it, and that is you get this alert message that tells you, hey! All this command is doing is converting the active layer to a Smart Object.

You don't need to see that every single time so go ahead and say don't show again and click OK. So regardless of how you decided to get your Smart Object, there it is, and I am going to go ahead and rename it squirrels, like so, and then let's go ahead and apply the Smart Sharpen Filter. Now I should say, there is no relationship between these various Smarts. Smart Objects and Smart Filters go together because they provide a non-destructive filtering environment, whereas the Smart and Smart Sharpen just indicates that it's an upgrade to the Unsharp mask Filter. So go up to the Filter menu, choose Sharpen, and choose Smart Sharpen or if you loaded DekeKeys, you've got a keyboard of Shift+F6.

And then I am going to switch form my default settings here to those same settings I applied way back in Chapter 15 and those are Print defaults. So if you went and created some Print default settings, you can select them; if not, you want an Amount value of 250 %, a Radius by a 4.0 pixels, Remove set to the Lens Blur and More Accurate turned off, and you'll get this effect right here. We're not going to worry about the Advanced settings this time around. So let's just stick with basic and then click OK in order to apply that filter. And now I am going to zoom in, and you'll notice, if you look closely not only are these guys super-sharpen, I would go so far as to say they are over sharpened, but we also have a few color artifacts going on inside of the squirrels' fur.

So this guy over here, on the left hand side, has a bunch of new greens that are showing up, some greens and purples. And you need to get rid of those by applying the Luminosity Blend mode and that's something you do over here in the Layers panel. So notice, in addition to our squirrels smart object we also have this item that says Smart Filters. It's got a Filter mask applied to it; the Filter mask currently is entirely white by default, so that you're applying the filtering operation across the entire image. And then, under that, we see a list of the Smart Filters you've applied which so far is just one because we've applied Smart Sharpen and nothing else.

Now if you wanted to change your Smart Sharpen settings, you could go ahead and double-click on Smart Sharpen; that would bring back the Smart Sharpen dialog box. So one of the big advantages to Smart Filters is that they are editable at any point in time, so long as you don't go and flatten your image or rasterize that Smart Object. So let's say this time around I decide, you know what, the Radius value should be a little lower, I'll take it down to 3.5 pixels. Because Print defaults are my active settings, as you as I clicked OK, I will update those settings and that's just fine by me, for now, so I'll go ahead and click OK.

The other thing you can do is you can click on this little slider icon right there and if you do that, over here on the right side of the panel, then you're going to bring up the Blending Options dialog box which allows you to change the Blend mode and the Opacity value. Watch those little greens and purples here inside the fur, in the image window. I am going to start things off by changing the mode from Normal to Luminosity, which is something you should do any time you apply the Unsharp mask or a Smart Sharpen Filter, and those weird colors, particularly the greens, go ahead and drop away and we're left with more sort of beige rodent colors inside the fur there.

And then finally I am going to take this Opacity value down to 70%, which is what I did with this example back in Chapter 15, and I'll click OK. All right, so that gives us the exact same result we were able to achieve in Chapter 15 using a static filter along with the Fade command under the Edit menu. However, we can do more than that, not only can we edit our settings anytime we like. For example I could say, gosh! You know what, I want to revisit those Blending Options and I want to take that Opacity value down to 50%, because it feels like I'm just going too far with this effect that looks better, click OK.

So you can change your mind as much as you want. Not only that, you can also take advantage of this Filter mask right there, so that you can brush in the effect to your heart's content. So let me show you what that looks like. I'll go ahead and zoom out and click once again, I'll click inside the Filter mask in order to make it active and let's say mostly we don't want to sharpen this image. For example, all this background stuff shouldn't be sharpened, because we're just going to bring out the noise hence it's so out of focus. We just want to focus our sharpening energies here on the faces of the squirrels.

So let's start things off by filling that Filter mask with black. Black is my background color currently, so I am going to press Ctrl+Backspace or Command+Delete on the Mac in order to fill the filter mask with Black, which means that I'm not applying the filter to anything inside the image now. Now I'll go ahead and grab my Brush tool by clicking on it or pressing the B Key, I've got a very large brush going, if I right-click you can see it's 800 pixels, so its whoppingly big; 0% harness because I want some soft transitions, and my foreground color is white.

So I am just going to start brushing in, in the rodent's faces like so and that brushes in the sharpening effect. I might as well brush in this guy's fur and down into its feet. There is no sense in brushing in this region; I am not. I'm just gesturing, because that's out of focus same with this region at the rear of the left hand squirrel. I'll zoom out a little bit so that we can take in that dirt up front. That should be sharpened I thing, so I'll go ahead and paint over that a little bit. And then I'll zoom in on the whiskers to make sure that they are sharpened as well by clicking on them and then I'm done.

So you have that degree of control, as well provided in one easy operation. Basically, I don't think this is any harder to pull off that as a Smart Filter than using a Static Filter, and it's a lot more flexible to boot.

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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