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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, 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 CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
You know I was telling you we are going to move on to the creative effects and in a way this is a creative effect that I'm about to show you. But I want to take a moment. I just want to make sure you understand. You never need to accept the results of the filter out of hand. You can always mix the effects of that filter with the original image using the Fade command. So always remember that's available to you. For example, let's go ahead and undo the last few operations here by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Z or Command+Option+Z on the Mac a couple of times and let's see. I do have this image right here, the bottom left image selected on the 3 BL layer and it is locked down the transparency of the layer. That is to say it's locked down.
So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+H or Command+H again to hide that selection outline and I'm going to press Ctrl+ Alt+F or Command+Option+F. Let's switch over to Spin as before, change the amount value to 30 and click OK. Then after I get done, I can go up here of course, to the Edit menu and choose the Fade Radial Blur command. If nothing else, you can experiment with the Opacity value, you can take that opacity down so that you are mixing the original image along with the modified version of the image.
So in this case for example, let's say I change this value to 65%, then you are seeing 65% modified image, that is filtered image mixed with 100-65% (100-65), so 35% original image, and that's all there is to it. It's just like you are mixing a drink on the fly here, alcoholic or non-alcoholic up to you. So some yummy beverage right there that you are working with. I am going to go ahead and take this value up to 75%. Then if you are feeling adventurous, why you can experiment with the blend modes and if we want a nosier effect out of this, I could try Dissolve which is going to give me all kinds of rough noise, thanks to the fact I reduced the opacity value, or I could try something along the lines of darken or lighten. They sometimes work nicely with some of these Blur filters, for example when it's Darken, little muddy though in a case of this image and here is Lighten which is going to produce something a little lighter quite obviously and a little less muddy as well.
Try some of those other Lighten modes if you want to. We'll be discussing blend modes in more detail in a later chapter. But for now you can try something like Hard Light which is a high contrast mode and it's just going to give you sort of a high impact effect, a lot of saturation like we are seeing right there. My favorite for these Radial Blur effects however is Luminosity which is going to mix the luminance of the modified effect with the original color so that we are going to keep the rectangle of brown right there that identifies this sort of mask robot head. Go ahead and click OK, and just so you can see what happens if we do the same thing with the Zoom effect.
I will switch over to the 4 BR layer. I'll go ahead and Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on its thumbnail to load its selection outline. Ctrl+Alt+F, Command+Option+F on the Mac in order to bring up the Radial Blur dialog box. Once again, I'll increase the amount value to 100, select Zoom, Best is fine, click OK. Oh, my goodness! That's so good. He is going out of the airlock but just to really make sure where you can see who is going out of the airlock, it's important here. Ctrl+Shift+F, Command+Shift+F on a Mac brings up the Fade dialog box, reduce that to 75%, play with your blend mode and ultimately decide on Luminosity there.
If you want to try out any of the others to see how they work, then go ahead and try them out and see how they work and there is the Luminosity affect right there. I think that looks great actually, that looks really cool. That's like right out of the movie, click OK and you think I'm joking, many of these filters were created by John Knoll and they use them at Industrial Light and Magic and they use Photoshop in particular, Star Wars lots, tons and tons. In the next exercise for real I'm going to switch to over to creative effects and I would like you to switch over along with me. Thanks.
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