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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
I have saved my changes as Gaussian tattoo.psd found inside the 29_smart_objects folder. Now let's say I want to take those Gradients that are lost in the flames, the dark red light red gradients was what they were, and I want to apply them across the entire tattoo, because I think that looked better than the black, let's say. Well, you might figure that you could pull that off with a layer effect. For example if you went down to FX and you chose Gradient Overlay just to add a Gradient on top of things and we did this unfortunate effect here.
So what if we just screened in the gradient first, we can still see it of course, so we're going to have to go over to Blending Options and say Blend Interior Effect as Group, and that works out pretty well. And that goes ahead and drops out that white that was showing up in his flesh, because we were applying the white to the tiger before we apply the tiger to the flesh, is the idea. So then I go back to Gradient Overlay and I dial in some colors, like I'll change this color stop to with deep red right there, and I forget exactly what the red color is.
Let's go ahead and see if I can match the colors 50 for R and then 0 GB, like so, click OK. And then I'll do the same for this guy, I'll change its value, the white value that is, to 255 for red but then 0 for green and blue like that and then click OK and then click OK again and then finally click OK again. And we could achieve this effect here which is not far away from what I'm looking for, except for one thing, I want a continuously colored stroke. So right now we are seeing a stroke that gets gradually brighter from the bottom of the tiger up to the top of the tiger and that's because I screened in that gradient.
So it not only affected the fill, the formerly black fill, but it affected the stroke as well so the stroke is getting brighter and brighter as we go up toward the top. In other words, I want more control than that. So, that's one way to work. You can go and apply layer effects to your smart objects as much as you want even if they originate as Illustrator Vector objects, that's just fine. However if you really want to gain control over the colors inside of your Illustrator graphics, then you should probably modify them directly inside of Illustrator. So I'm going to turn off that Gradient Overlay and I'm going to double-click in the thumbnail, for the tiger tattoo smart object, and I'll get that warning again, fine, click OK and in a moment I will bring up the tiger inside of Illustrator, who's looking quite a bit different when he's not puppet warped.
All right, so I am going to go ahead and grab my Black Arrow tool which serves the same function as it does inside a Photoshop that is it allows you to select an entire path at a time and this guy is all one big path. If you twirl open that layer inside the Layers panel, you'll see, it's just one big compound path with this thing. What's that in the background? Oh! That's the white background that's keeping everything together, don't delete that. Just click on an outline associated with this compound path or you can click on this little target here, this little volumetric meatball, as they call it internally inside Adobe, and if you do that you'll select the entire group as well.
All right, so I am going to switch to the Fill icon here in the Color panel and you can do that either by clicking in the Fill or you can press the X key to make the Fill active. So, that doesn't swap your foreground and background colors the away it does inside Photoshop instead it switches whether a Fill or Stroke is active. And I need to switch out this Fill for a Gradient, so I am going to do that by bringing up the Gradient panel. So I'll go to the Window menu and I'll choose Gradient and that'll bring up this panel right here and then to apply a Gradient, the default gradient, I'll just click inside that Gradient Swatch.
Now that doesn't happen to be going in a right angle, so I'll change my Angle value inside the gradient panel to 90 ? and I'll end up with is effect here where the first colors is at the bottom, the first color is top and the last color stops at the top. So I might as well modify those two guys by double-clicking on one. And those of you who are familiar with Illustrator, you'll know that it can also modify this Gradient using the Gradient tool, and then I'll have the Gradient annotator, right there onscreen, and I could adjust it if I like. But I am trying to keep things simple for the Illustrator novices because this is one complex program.
Every bit is complicated, I have to tell you as Photoshop but every bit is powerful as well. As you can learn if I might make a plug inside of my Illustrator CS5 One on One series. All right, I am going to go ahead and click on this flyout menu icon right there and I am going to switch to RGB, and I'm going to dial in for this value. I am going to dial in an R of 50 and the G and B value should be 0, a piece like so, and so that gives us the dark red there at the bottom of the gradient. Then I'll click off of that pop panel to tuck it away, I'll double-click on the final color stop there in the gradient over on the right hand side, I'll switch to RGB once again and then I will dial in 255 for the Red value and leave Green and Blue set to 0 and I'll get the effect that you see onscreen.
All right, now notice if I click off of the tiger, what I was talking about, notice that the stroke is a continuous color, a continuous shade of red, and that shade of red is lighter than the bottom of the Gradient and darker than the top of the Gradient. And if that's what I wanted, I am only going to be able to achieve that, here inside of Illustrator. All right, having made my change I'll go ahead and close the illustration, Illustrator will ask if I want to save my changes I will say, Yes, or on the Mac I would click the Save button, and that goes ahead and updates the smart object inside of Photoshop.
I can't see that update, so I will go and switch back to Photoshop here, and we'll wait a moment and the update occurs and you can see those dark strokes up there at the top of the tattoo, as well as lighter strokes down here at the bottom. All right, so I figure that completes our tiger tattoo, thanks to a combination of Adobe Illustrator, Smart Objects, Puppet Warp, Luminance Blending and a Gaussian Blur Smart Filter working together as one inside Photoshop.
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