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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.
Actions are Photoshop's oldest and most essential form of automation. Simply put, an action is a recorded sequence of events. Record the action, test it to make sure it works and it may serve you well for years to come, from one version of Photoshop to the next. As I'm fond of saying, invest an hour or two in actions now, and your future self lying on a beach while Photoshop works away, will thank you. In this chapter, I introduce you to the Actions palette and show you how to record an action and play it back, plus lots of other cool stuff. I even have an embedded music video. I know! I don't usually do that.
To find out why, stay tuned.
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