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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
I'm still working inside Box of bugs.psd, and in the previous exercise I showed you how to access the Styles panel here, how to apply a style and how to save a group of effects as your own style as well. The question now becomes, how do we get back the layer effects we have in the first place, because this new style obviously has nothing to do with our current composition, and also how do we load up a file of styles, and how do we save off such a file as well, and then finally how do we mix and match styles inside of Photoshop? Well, go to the Styles panel if you're working along with me.
Click of the flyout menu icon and choose this command right there, Load Styles. Then navigate your way to the 21_layer_FX folder and there among other files you'll find one called Strings textures.asl. The reason it's called that is because three out of four of the styles that are found inside this file are based on a predefined pattern that ships along with Photoshop called Strings. Anyway, go ahead and click the Load button and load them all up. And they are these guys right there. They start with this one, which is called Stepped contour. Go ahead and click on it, and that will reapply the layer Effects that we saw at the beginning of the previous exercise.
Now then, in the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to integrate a texture into your Bevel and Emboss Effect. And so, I've given you three examples here, all of which are based on that Strings pattern I was telling you about. The first one is Termites, right there. So called because it looks to me like some termites have burrowed into our letters, and next I wanted to give the letters more of a metallic feel. So I created this style right here, Chainmail. All of these effects include a Drop Shadow, an Inner Shadow and Bevel and Emboss, a couple of them also include a Color Overlay; however, the settings that I've applied basically evolve over the course of these styles.
Now I really like this one. I think it has great impact, but I thought the upper-left corners were getting a little too dark, and so I wanted to create a little bit of a reflective highlight on the side, and that's why I created this final effect right there, which is called Sparkles. And it ends up giving us this result, and this is precisely the effect that I'm going to show you how to create step-by-step in the next exercise. But for now, what I'd like to do is give you a sense of how you go about saving that file that I just created for you. Well, you can go up here to the Fly-out menu and choose Save Styles, but if you do that you're going to save all the current occupants of the Styles panel, and that means you're going to save all these predefined Adobe Text styles along with your really cool ones here, and you don't want to do that.
You just want to save your styles and nothing more. So to do precisely that, as well as organize your styles, change their order, rename them, that kind of thing. You go up to the Edit menu and you choose the Preset Manager, which is your means of modifying anything that you can create that's not linked directly to an image file. For example, right off the bat I see any Brush settings that I might have saved along the way here. I haven't actually done that. You could save off some Swatches; I have saved off some Gradients. You may recall back in Chapter 18 when we were talking about creating black-and-white effects and applying the Gradient Map command, why then I gave you a group of 14 gradients that began with this guy right there, Warm palette, and what you can do now that you're seeing all these gradients that you have created.
You can move them about just by dragging them to a different location like so, or you can double-click on any one of them to rename it. Then if you want to save off a specific group of gradients, you don't want to save this bogus gang up here that includes Copper and Chrome and all those guys, but you do want to save off your custom colorization settings. Why then you click on one, you Shift+ Click on the last one to select that entire range and then you click Save Set. That way you only save off the gradients that you want to transfer to a different machine or share with a buddy or something along those lines.
And case in point here. I am looking at the contents of the 18_ black_white folder, and there is my deke Tones CS5.grd file, which contains exactly those 14 gradients that I have selected in the background. All right, I'll Cancel out of there. Where styles are concerned, you have this Styles category. Notice you can even save off Contours if you want. Anyway, I'll switch over to Styles and basically what I did after having created these guys is I changed their organization. I renamed them a little. I clicked on one Shift+Clicked on the other, clicked on Save Set, and there is my 21_layer_FX folder.
Saved them as Strings textures.asl and away I went. Anyway, I'm going to Cancel out of there. I just want you see how that works. And then finally, how do you mix and match styles? Well, if I click here on Chromed Satin once again, then I'd go ahead and replace all those old layer effects, the ones I just assigned a moment ago, with new ones. So the Drop Shadow is replaced, Inner Shadow is just wiped out. It just goes way. Bevel and Emboss is replaced. Gradient Overlay springs out of no where, Satin as well, and then the Color Overlay is totally wiped out. What if you want to marry a couple of styles together, and that is to say, if a couple of styles both include Drop Shadows, why then, the new style wins.
But if the new style doesn't include a gradient overlay, for example, then the current gradient overlay will survive, and it will be mixed in with the other effects. So this is what you do. You press the Shift key and then you click on whichever style you want to merge. And so, for example, I'll go ahead and Shift+Click on this guy, Stepped contour, and I end up getting this marriage of styles right here. So I've replaced the Drop Shadow. I've added my Inner Shadow, because there wasn't one a moment ago. I've replaced the Bevel and Emboss Effect. I've kept the previous Gradient Overlay, hence those chrome colors that we're seeing there.
And I went ahead and kept Satin as well, the Satin Effect that was associated with that Chromed Satin style. So that's all you do. If you want to merge a couple of styles, click on one, Shift+Click on the other, and By the way, if you start with one style and then you Shift+Click on the one that I had formerly clicked on, like so, then you're going to end up getting a different effect. Because there is a different priority of those styles being attached to each other. In other words, the Drop Shadow this time from Chromed Satin ended up winning the day, as well as its Bevel and Emboss Effect.
So it really matters what order you apply the styles. If you just want to wipe one out with the other, then just go ahead and click on it, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to click on Stepped contour there, because that's going to serve as the starting point for our texture effect that we're going to create in the next exercise.
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