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Painting away unwanted halos

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This time I have saved my changes as Independent filter masks.psd. It's found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. Now what I need to do is I need to finish off this effect, so that we don't have any sort of weird transition between the blue of the sky around the guy's hair and the larger low saturation area of sky on the left hand side of the image. I don't want that at all. I am not happy with that distinction right there. So tell you what I am going to do. First of all, I am going to try to find out what in the heck happened to my Variations non-filter that's applied as a Smart Filter to my Smart Object photograph.

Painting away unwanted halos

This time I have saved my changes as Independent filter masks.psd. It's found inside the 06_filter_masks folder. Now what I need to do is I need to finish off this effect, so that we don't have any sort of weird transition between the blue of the sky around the guy's hair and the larger low saturation area of sky on the left hand side of the image. I don't want that at all. I am not happy with that distinction right there. So tell you what I am going to do. First of all, I am going to try to find out what in the heck happened to my Variations non-filter that's applied as a Smart Filter to my Smart Object photograph.

It's not appearing here inside the Layers palette and yet we are seeing the effect of Variations out in the image window. We are also seeing this little icon there that tells me that I have a Smart Filter applied. Well, the filter has collapsed by default, so you need to click this down pointing arrowhead, and then you will see Variations along with its own little filter mask, which we don't need. We do not want to mask the effect of Variations. We want to apply Variations across the entire image. So right-click on the filter mask and choose Delete Filter Mask, like so, then it's gone.

The other thing I am going to do, before I reduce Variations to normal level. It's still way over the top, but I want to be able to keep track of what's going on here. So I am going to leave it over the top until I solve my problem. I'm to go ahead and double-click on the Smart Object thumbnail in order to of course see the alert message, click OK, and open up the contents of my Smart Object. And notice now this is like one of those things where it was there all along, so we've been seeing this weird haloing effect here for the last several exercises. It just didn't become a problem, we didn't become aware of it, until we threw Variations on top of the mix.

So we need to get rid of it. Now you might think the solution is to create a very highly detailed hair mask, which could do something for you, but it's not going to solve this specific problem, because it's not the mask's fault. Watch this. If I Shift+click on this mask to turn it off and restore his ridiculously gray hair, we are still seeing the haloing. That is a function of Shadows/Highlight. Because we threw on that intense application of Shadows/Highlights in order to create the fake HDR look, we also ended up creating a halo that extends away from the hair into the sky.

How do I know that's true? Well let me show you. I will go ahead and Shift+Click on the filter mask. Once again, it turned to back on, because we don't want that weird gray hair, and I'll click on the eyeball in front of Shadows/Highlights. And now that halo goes away and the reason that halo goes away, it wasn't really a halo that was coming off the hair. It was the fact that we were reducing the brightness of the sky all the way up to the hair. And so that's what we need to deal with somehow and I will show you how we are going to do that.

Go ahead and turn Shadows/Highlights back on and I can do that by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo the hiding of that Smart Filter. And then I am going to go ahead and zoom out so that I can take in the entire image. I want to be able to see all the way to the boundaries, so that I can see a little bit of pasteboard off to the sides. And then I'm going to get my Brush tool. It should still be pretty darn big, but notice it's showing me this little no-can-do Ghostbusters icon, and that's because I have the Smart Object selected, not the filter mask.

So I need to click on the filter mask thumbnail in order to make it active and then I still have a big brush. I will make it even bigger by pressing the right bracket key a few times. Make sure that black is your foreground color, so that you can paint away the mask. You want to paint away the filtered effect inside the sky and just get rid of that, because it doesn't help the fake HDR portrait to have anything happen in the sky. It's not about the sky. It's about his face. I am not painting, by the way, I am just gesturing. To a lesser extent about the colors that were achieving luminance levels that we were able to bring out inside of his jacket.

That's also important. All right, so I am going to reduce the size of my brush by pressing the left bracket key a few times, and I will paint this area of sky away, and then I will paint this region of sky away as well. So now your filter mask should look something like this. I will Alt+click or Option+click on the filter mask thumbnail so that you can see what it looks like here inside of the image window. So we are seeing just the filter mask and nothing more. Now the reason it looks gray even though we are painting with black. Bear in mind our Density value up here in a Masks palette is reduced to 70%. If I go ahead and take that back up to 100%, I will see exactly what I am painting away and what I am not painting away.

I might as well paint away this little area and this area as well, because those are areas I missed, and maybe later on I would see what was going wrong inside the image. I am not painting here. I am just gesturing once again. I don't want to paint away this area's sideburn action there, because that's supposed to be that way. Now let's go ahead and restore the image to the image window by Alt+clicking or Option+clicking on this filter mask once again. Now his hair is too black in my opinion. We need to bring back some of the details inside the hair.

So I am going to reduce that Density value, but you know what? I am going to take it down to 80% this time. I don't want to take it all the way down to 70%. I think that was too low. All right, that looks great. By the way, zoom in, perfect. We don't have any of that weird haloing going on anymore. Awesome! Now what I want you to do is go ahead and close this window, the window that's associated of course with the contents of the Smart Object. You will be asked if you want to save your changes. Yes or Save is your answer. That way you will save the changes back to this image right here.

And now we can go ahead and press Control+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to see the before version. You see that it's very obvious transition now, between the blue around his hair and the gray far away from his hair. And this is after, if I press Control or Command+Z again. Much, much better. Now we are in a position where we can reduce the Variations effect to a reasonable level, and I am going to do that by double-clicking on the slider icon, bringing the eye into the picture, so I can see what I am doing, and I am going to take the Opacity value down to 15%, so that we have just a little bit of warmth that we are applying with Variations.

So it's a more subtle effect. Click OK in order to accept that subtle effect. Let's go ahead and zoom out, so that we can take in the image wide, see the entire thing. And now we'll see what Variations is doing for this image. This is the image without Variations, little bit cooler. This is the image with Variations. I like it better. Thanks to your ability to assign separate filter masks, and no masks in one case, and quite articulated masks in the other case to independent nested Smart Objects inside Photoshop.

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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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