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Making changes in Illustrator

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Video: Making changes in Illustrator

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.

Making changes in Illustrator

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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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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