Photoshop Smart Objects
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Introducing the non-filters


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Photoshop Smart Objects

with Deke McClelland

Video: Introducing the non-filters

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the two, what I'm calling non-filters inside of Photoshop. Really truly they are filters, but they don't live under the Filter menu and they don't appear at the top of the Filter menu when you get done applying them. Instead, they live under the Image Adjustments sub-menu and I will show you those in just a second. But first of all, notice that I'm working inside this image called High Pass for clarity.psd. It's found inside the 06_filter_ masks folder and it is that image from photographer Felix Mizioznikov of image vendor Fotolia, about which you can learn more at fotolia.com/deke and this is that exact point at which we left off in Chapter05.
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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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8h 5m Intermediate Nov 06, 2009

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Photoshop Smart Objects explores the creation and use of Smart Objects, one of the most technically demanding tools in Photoshop. Deke McClelland walks through the four primary purposes of Smart Objects, and focuses on one of their most practical advantages, non-destructive transformations. This feature allows any object to be manipulated in any way, while still maintaining its original pixel information. Finally, Deke shows how to crop compositions without affecting a single pixel, even in masks. Exercise files accompany this course.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Preparing a composition for masking
  • Manually adjusting problematic edges in a composition
  • Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
  • Roughing in a polygonal mask
  • Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
  • Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Introducing the non-filters

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the two, what I'm calling non-filters inside of Photoshop. Really truly they are filters, but they don't live under the Filter menu and they don't appear at the top of the Filter menu when you get done applying them. Instead, they live under the Image Adjustments sub-menu and I will show you those in just a second. But first of all, notice that I'm working inside this image called High Pass for clarity.psd. It's found inside the 06_filter_ masks folder and it is that image from photographer Felix Mizioznikov of image vendor Fotolia, about which you can learn more at fotolia.com/deke and this is that exact point at which we left off in Chapter05.

So, I have gone ahead and converted the image to a Smart Object. You can see that I've applied the Median filter with a Radius of 6 pixels actually, for what that's worth and I set the blend mode to Color, and then I applied the High Pass filter, at least this is the order in which the filters are applied here to the image. There is the High Pass filter with a radius value of 40 pixels and a blend mode setting of Soft Light. The result is clarity as opposed to sharpness inside of his image. Now let's say I want to breathe some life into the shadow detail, much as if I had employed a fill flash in advance when I captured the photograph, which I did not of course.

It came from a different photographer. Or used a balance card or something along those lines. How do we do it in post? Well, we apply the shadows highlight non-filter, if you will. So, what you do is you go up to the Image menu. Notice that the Smart Object is selected, here inside the Layers palette. Choose Adjustments and notice that you have just two commands available to you, Shadows/Highlights and Variations. What about the others? Well, you can't apply any of the dimmed out commands because they're static color adjustments, meaning that they operate on the pixels inside the image and we don't have access to the pixels inside the image right now, because they are enclosed inside the Smart Object container.

So, they are protected from these commands right here. Also worth noting, every one of these commands from Brightness/Contrast down to Selective Color, this entire list of commands is available in exactly this order as an adjustment layer. So, if you go over to the Layers palette, and you click on the black and white icon right there, you'll see starting with Brightness/Contrast, not with Solid Color. These guys are your dynamic fills. Solid Color, Gradient and Pattern. Then starting with Brightness/ Contrast we come to our adjustment layers. So, Brightness/Contrast all the way down to Selective Color, in exactly the same order we saw them just a moment ago inside of the Adjustment sub-menu.

And these are applicable to Smart Object because you can apply adjustment layers to Smart Objects here inside Photoshop. However, notice that the next two commands, which are Shadows/Highlights and Variations, are missing from the list. So everything after Selective Color is missing from the list. And by the way, all of these also are available inside the Adjustments palette here inside Photoshop CS4 in that same order once again. Brightness/Contrast, then we move to Levels, Curves, Exposure all the way down to this guy, Selective Color. All the icons, all commands, all in exactly the same order for what it's worth.

All right though, if I go up to Image and I choose Adjustments, we don't have these guys Desaturate, Match Color, Replace Color or Equalize. They are not available as adjustment layers, nor can they be applied to Smart Objects. They can be applied to the pixels inside the Smart Object, if you like, but none of them are commands you are going to miss them much. Match Color is sometimes useful, but whatever. These guys though, they are very useful and they are ultimately the non-filters I am talking about that can be applied to a Smart Object. So, if you choose Shadows/Highlights for example, then you are going to get the Shadows/Highlights dialog box.

Let's say I just decide to accept the default value, which breathes a ton of life into the shadows. So, it really brightens that shadow information. It doesn't do anything to the highlights; it just leaves those alone, by default. We can change this later, if we want to. And you click OK in order to accept the modification and you'll now see Shadows/Highlights listed here inside the Layers palette as a Smart Filter. It will not appear at the top of the Filter menu though. You will not be able to repeat that filter or press Control+F or Command+F or any of that stuff to repeat the filter either. However, you can still modify the settings associated with that filter as we will do in the very next exercise.

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