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Join Photoshop master Deke McClelland in the fourth and final installment of his popular Photoshop CC One-on-One series. In this course, Deke shares step-by-step tutorials and expert-level insights on the most powerful features, helping you make your own way to true Photoshop mastery.
In this movie I'll show you how to modify the settings associated with a adjustment layer step because it's handled in a really strange manner, and then we'll also introduce a Save As operation. I've gone ahead and saved an intermediate version of this image for those of you who are working along with me, and it helps to make a point, which is as your recording in action you do not want to save your steps along with the image, so it's just a bad idea. It's always a better idea to save whatever work you're doing, where the action is concerned, by choosing the Save As command and giving the file either a different name, or saving it to a different location, both of which I do.
Alright, now I neglected to play back this step right here: deleting the filter mask. So I'll just go ahead and control double click on it. That's command double click on the Mac. And you can see that the filter mask goes away. Now you might figure the way to modify your adjustment layer would be to double click on Make Adjustment Layer. And what that does, if you double click, is it brings up the New Layer dialog box. And notice you're back in recording mode, so the action panel's paying attention to what you're doing. You would probably think, gosh, that's a great name, I don't need to change it, so I'll just go ahead and click Okay.
And then up comes the Curves dialog box, as opposed to the Properties panel, and notice, I'll just make some radical changes here, something I would never do, and I'll click Okay, and even though that has generated a new Adjustment Layer called Compensation that's doing terrible things to my image, if I twirl open this Make Adjustment Layer Step that I just modified, it doesn't have any of the settings associated with it. And sure enough, if I go ahead and delete that compensation layer by pressing the backspace key here on the PC or the Delete key on the Mac, and then I Control double click on this step, again that's command double click on the Mac, it's an empty adjustment layer.
It's not doing anything, and I lost my name as well. It's just a big pain in the neck, so here's how we solve for that. I'll go ahead and press the backspace key or the delete key on the Mac once again in order to get rid of that layer. Then I'll take this step, Make Adjustment Layer that I messed up, and I'll just drag it and drop it into the Trash Can. And I'll twirl open For Office Printer, the action that has that same step in it, a good version of the step. Notice if I twirl it open, it's got the name right there, so everything's hunky dory. So I'll go and twirl it close, press the alt key, or the option key on the Mac, and drag that step and drop it to this location right there, second from the end, and thanks to the fact I press the alt key or the option key on the Mac, that creates a copy of that step as opposed to just moving it.
Now, I'll twirl four office printer backclose. And here's what you do. Go ahead and control double click, or command double click on a Mac, on that step in order to generate the adjustment layer, even though it doesn't have anything going on. And then, double click on the next step, Set Current Adjustment Layer, in order to bring up once again the Curves dialog box, go figure, complete with our previously applied settings. Now press the plus key a couple of times in order to advance to this point right there. The input value is 30, and the output is 40.
Click on the output value and press shift up arrow to take it up to 50 so that we're further brightening the shadows inside the image, and then click OK. Now, you may wonder why am I doing this? And the reason is, I'm trying to create an action that's going to work for pre-press. And my experience is that images have a habit of darkening like crazy during the pre-press process thanks to docking. Now, color purists will tell you you're not suppose to do that kind of thing. But I've created a lot of documents. I've written 80 books. I did the graphics for all of them.
So I have copious experience, and it's just possible I know what I'm talking about after all this time. So it's a good step, and I'm going to go with it. Now I want to introduce the Save As operation so that everything I've done is saved under a different file name, just in case I want to come back and make modifications later. So, I'll click on a Record button while the entire action is selected. That way the new step will appear at the bottom of the list. And then, I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Save As command. And again, if you're working along with me, you'll want to navigate to this sub folder right here which is called RGB layers.
And notice it doesn't have anything in it. It's just a placeholder for you. And I'll go ahead and leave my file name set to what it is. We definitely want the format to be PSD. The Layers check box should be on as should the ICC profile. Then go ahead and click the Save button in order to save that image to the sub-folder. And if this dialog box comes up on screen, turn of maximize compatibility, so we have smaller files, and click OK. And now, you want to click the Stop button in order to stop recording the action.
Alright now let's make sure everything's working on a different image, so go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge in order to switch over to the Bridge, and then I'll grab any old image, let's say Les Baux de Provence, for example. And so I'll go ahead and open that guy and zoom in, as well, just so I can see some of the details here. And I'll click on Convert to Prepress in order to select the action. And then, I'll click the Play button in order to play the entire thing one step after another.
And after the action completes, it looks like my reduced noise and smart sharpen settings are holding up pretty well. Bear in mind this compensation layer is just there to compensate for the printing process. We really want the image to look like it does when the compensation layer is off. Anyway, I'm going to turn it back on. Now, you'll notice the damage still has the same name, so it's hard to tell whether it got saved properly, which is why I'll just go ahead and switch back to Bridge by choosing that command again.
And then, I'll navigate to the RGB layers folder, and sure enough, I've got the new Les Baux de Provence.psd file as well as that file called My Changes So Far. Now, I want to stress that I'm not giving you these files. Your RGB layers folder will be entirely empty, unless you've performed these steps along with me. So there you have it. That's how you modify the settings associated with an adjustment layer as well as introduce a Save As operation when recording actions inside Photoshop.
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