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Modifying an adjustment and adding Save As

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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.

Modifying an adjustment and adding Save As

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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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 25s
  2. 1h 21m
    1. The many and varied filters in the Filter Gallery
      1m 16s
    2. Introducing the Filter Gallery
      7m 25s
    3. Modifying Filter Gallery settings
      4m 27s
    4. Combining multiple Filter Gallery effects
      7m 28s
    5. The strange power of the Sketch filters
      7m 19s
    6. Converting an image to etched outlines
      5m 58s
    7. Turning those outlines into "digital ink"
      4m 21s
    8. Duplicating a complex Smart Filter sequence
      5m 31s
    9. Customizing a filter effect for a new image
      6m 47s
    10. Tracking Filter Gallery effects by name
      4m 2s
    11. Pencil sketching one image onto another
      6m 26s
    12. Brightening eyes and teeth in a filtered portrait
      8m 46s
    13. Using the new Oil Paint filter
      8m 8s
    14. Customizing an effect with a filter mask
      3m 56s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Shining light onto a photograph
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing the Lighting Effects filter
      10m 3s
    3. Creating a custom, colorful vignette
      4m 34s
    4. Creating an angled watermark pattern
      5m 24s
    5. Lighting a watermark texture map
      6m 22s
    6. Turning text into a soft texture map
      3m 45s
    7. Creating raised credit-card-style letters
      5m 4s
    8. Wrapping an image using a displacement map
      5m 3s
  4. 30m 38s
    1. Magic is a shaky proposition
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing the Shake Reduction filter
      7m 41s
    3. Drawing custom Blur Trace boundaries
      8m 3s
    4. Modifying and comparing Blur Trace boundaries
      3m 1s
    5. The Blur Direction tool and Source Noise
      2m 58s
    6. Adding grain and smoothing color artifacts
      7m 23s
  5. 33m 37s
    1. Correcting barrel distortion and panoramas
      1m 4s
    2. Introducing the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      4m 17s
    3. Drawing polygonal constraints
      4m 10s
    4. Manually straightening a GoPro photo
      4m 45s
    5. Stitching together a seamless panorama
      4m 35s
    6. Correcting a pano with Adaptive Wide Angle
      6m 57s
    7. Aligning constraints and overcorrecting
      7m 49s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Distorting an extracted image
      1m 24s
    2. Extracting a foreground from a background
      3m 30s
    3. Introducing the Puppet Warp command
      5m 2s
    4. Changing the mode and adding rotation
      4m 58s
    5. Adjusting the Expansion value
      4m 0s
    6. Using Pin Depth and Density
      4m 36s
    7. Applying Puppet Warp to editable text
      6m 41s
    8. Creating an intermediate text frame
      3m 16s
    9. Converting layers into animated frames
      7m 13s
    10. Tweening and animating text
      5m 10s
    11. Exporting a QuickTime movie and GIF animation
      7m 2s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. Why edit video in Photoshop?
      1m 5s
    2. Loading video clips into Photoshop
      5m 57s
    3. Creating gradually fading transitions
      6m 11s
    4. Activating a few painless keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Adding text to your video
      5m 21s
    6. Combining your text into video groups
      4m 57s
    7. Adding motion to text (or any layer)
      5m 33s
    8. Adding soundtracks and voiceovers
      6m 50s
    9. Exporting and examining your video
      6m 14s
    10. Editing an existing video comp
      8m 55s
    11. Adding a video clip to the start of a track
      5m 38s
    12. Superimposing video clips with blend modes
      4m 49s
    13. Applying a Smart Filter to an entire video clip
      5m 30s
  8. 1h 24m
    1. Merging multiple exposures in Photoshop
      1m 52s
    2. Automatically aligning bracketed photographs
      4m 13s
    3. Preparing bracketed photos in Camera Raw
      4m 47s
    4. Introducing the HDR Pro command
      4m 12s
    5. How the HDR Pro settings work
      4m 56s
    6. Dramatically increasing the detail in a photo
      7m 45s
    7. Adding a curve in HDR Pro to heighten reality
      9m 9s
    8. Creating a faux-HDR effect in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    9. Simulating HDR exposures in Camera Raw
      6m 57s
    10. Merging simulated exposures in HDR Pro
      7m 17s
    11. Creating an authentic HDR portrait shot
      6m 12s
    12. Softening an HDR portrait shot
      4m 29s
    13. Developing HDR in Camera Raw
      8m 53s
    14. Working with a 32-bit channel image
      7m 6s
  9. 1h 5m
    1. Managing the multilayer experience
      1m 52s
    2. Renaming a sequence of layers
      5m 35s
    3. Refining the Layers list using filter icons
      3m 31s
    4. Searching by name, effect, and blend mode
      5m 20s
    5. Color property, hide, show, and lock
      5m 28s
    6. Deleting empty layers; replacing fonts
      4m 34s
    7. Grouping layers by name
      7m 53s
    8. Masking groups and effects in one operation
      5m 28s
    9. Expanding and collapsing all groups and effects
      3m 43s
    10. Introducing layer comps
      4m 4s
    11. Creating a dynamic layer comp
      5m 34s
    12. Applying a mode or effect to an entire group
      8m 55s
    13. Moving many layers without upsetting comps
      3m 28s
  10. 1h 15m
    1. Three incentives to recording actions
      2m 2s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      6m 31s
    3. Recording a simple but practical action
      7m 4s
    4. Modifying settings and playing an action
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a dynamically adjustable action
      5m 5s
    6. Adding steps to an existing action
      7m 56s
    7. Actioning a consistent image resolution
      8m 13s
    8. Modifying an adjustment and adding Save As
      6m 21s
    9. Actioning the creation of a flat CMYK image
      5m 18s
    10. Batch processing an entire folder of images
      6m 41s
    11. Saving and loading your actions
      4m 10s
    12. Creating a conditional action
      8m 47s
  11. 1m 20s
    1. See ya
      1m 20s

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