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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Smart Object earns my vote for the worst name for one of the best features in all of Photoshop. Why? Because the term Smart Objects gives you no sense of what the feature is. And what it is is great. They should have called them super layers, because everything about Smart Objects is super. How super? A Smart Object is a layer that remembers its original appearance. No matter how hard or how many times you beat it up, the super layer gets up, brushes itself off and comes back for more. What does that mean? It means you can apply nondestructive transformations. It means you can clone a layer and make changes to all clones from a single source. As we'll learn it in the next chapter, it means you can apply a filter without damaging the original layer.
You can gain access to everything, anywhere, anytime. They really should have called them super layers or maybe elasto layers or X layers. Here is why.
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