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Multiplying the edges

From: Photoshop Smart Objects

Video: Multiplying the edges

In a previous exercise, I used a Refine Edge command, in order to trim away the light halos that were tracing the model's face. But in doing so, I have made my edges less distinct, which is why I have gone ahead and saved my changes as Indistinct layer mask.psd, found inside the 01 how they work folder. Not only that, but some of my details just don't make any sense. Some stuff just is just bad, like up here, in the hair detail, this gooey stuff right there. But, notice down here on the chin, I am going to go ahead and zoom in.

Multiplying the edges

In a previous exercise, I used a Refine Edge command, in order to trim away the light halos that were tracing the model's face. But in doing so, I have made my edges less distinct, which is why I have gone ahead and saved my changes as Indistinct layer mask.psd, found inside the 01 how they work folder. Not only that, but some of my details just don't make any sense. Some stuff just is just bad, like up here, in the hair detail, this gooey stuff right there. But, notice down here on the chin, I am going to go ahead and zoom in.

You can see that the jaw line makes a lot of sense next to the neck, until we lose the neck. And then also and it cuts in and traces, like so, around the chin and it's a lot blurrier as well. And people's chins just don't do that. So what are we going to do to reestablish that good detail? Well, we're going to take advantage of a trick that works just great when you have a portrait shot, in particular, but really any object shot against a white background. So this is a really great way to drop away white and keep the darker colors.

And here's what you do. Click on a Smart Object layer to make it active. I am going to go ahead and collapse my Masks palette, so I have little more room to work. And we want to make a copy of this layer. And I was telling you, at the outset of this chapter, that one of the great things about Smart Objects is if you create a copy of a Smart Object you create a clone back to that original embedded image and here's how you do it. You select that Smart Object layer that you want to copy. You go up to the layer menu. This is one way to work. Go to New and then choose this command, layer via Copy.

Now, that's the method for chumps, in my opinion, because there's a much better way. If you just memorize the keyboard shortcut, you're much better off. I am going to go ahead and escape out of there. You press Ctrl+Alt+J. Basically it's like this. Ctrl+J, for jump. It goes ahead and creates a copy of the layer. Ctrl+Alt+J forces the display of the New Layer dialog box. So you can name the layer as you make it. On the Mac, that's Command+J. In order to jump the layer that's Command+Option+J to force the display of the new Layer dialog box. So I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+J, Command+Option+J on a Mac. There's the New Layer dialog box.

I am going to call this guy 'multiply'. And that will make sense in just a moment. Click OK, and you now have a layer called 'multiply'. I want to move it below the original like so, so I'll just drag it down and then I don't want this layer mask. Now I could just turn it off by Shift+Clicking on it. So you can turn layer masks off by Shift+Clicking, by the way. I don't want to do that because they do take up room inside the file. It's another 8-bit image. Essentially, a grayscale image. And if you don't need it, you don't need it. It's just a direct copy of this pixel image layer right there.

So let's go ahead and turn it back on by Shift+Clicking on it. And then I am going to drag that layer mask down to the Trashcan. If you get a warning, click the Delete button, not apply, click Delete and you'll just get rid of it, like so. All right, so that reestablished the entire image right there. I am going to turn off my Smart Object layer for just a moment so that we can see the multiply layer. It is a direct copy, just unmasked at this point, so it looks the same as it ever did, several exercises ago before we started masking it. Here's what we're going to do. Because she's set against a white background, we can drop out that white background and it is pure white, by the way, so it's going to drop out beautifully.

You can drop out white inside Photoshop, using a special blend mode here. So I'll switch from Normal to this guy right there, Multiply, one of the great blend modes inside of Photoshop. So I'll choose Multiply and notice white drops away, and she appears dark against the new background. So it's as if we've laid one slide on top of another. So you might think of her as being an acetate overlay and she's laid directly on top of the sky in the background. And so white completely drops out of sight, the dark details remain, and what that means now for as if we, turn a smart object layer back on.

Notice we do have these edges now. We do have these dark edges that are tracing around the woman's face and they are doing a nice job of defining the boundaries between the model and her background. Now there are little bit too much, so we still need to apply some additional refinement and we've got this weird lumpy back going. We have got some chin that needs a little bit of work and I am going to show you how to address those problems, manually, in the next exercise.

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Photoshop Smart Objects

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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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