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Parametric wonderland

From: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Parametric wonderland

All right, welcome to the second project in this chapter. This time around as opposed to adding Smart Filters to a flat image with the intention of correcting that image, we are going to integrate Smart Filters into an elaborate layered composition that even already includes a Smart Object, with the intention of adding special effects. So what we've got here is some editable text in the foreground. In the background another image from photographer Joey Nelson, the exact same model. I know she looks very different this time around. You can compare them and see that.

Parametric wonderland

All right, welcome to the second project in this chapter. This time around as opposed to adding Smart Filters to a flat image with the intention of correcting that image, we are going to integrate Smart Filters into an elaborate layered composition that even already includes a Smart Object, with the intention of adding special effects. So what we've got here is some editable text in the foreground. In the background another image from photographer Joey Nelson, the exact same model. I know she looks very different this time around. You can compare them and see that.

And it might even be the same photo shoot. She is wearing the same earrings. What we are going to do is we are going to turn this image into this over the top movie poster right here. It might seem a little derivative, this Kill Jill thing going on here, but it's very different concept. It's not about killing Jill, its Kill, Jill; the punctuation changes everything, this time Jill will be doing the killing. So a little bit different, it's still a gratuitously violent film. Hence my gratuitous use of filters inside of Photoshop here. And my point is to show you that you can do all of this, everything that we are seeing here, parametrically. We haven't permanently changed a single pixel in the image.

Even the editable text right here remains editable, and yet we have applied Motion Blur to it, and it's a pretty elaborate application of Motion Blur as you'll soon see. All right, so let's go ahead and take a look at the images that we have opened right now. I'm going to press the F key to return to the Standard View mode, and press Shift+Tab to bring back my right-side palettes and I went ahead because I need a little more headroom here under Windows. So I went ahead and hid the Options bar, but you can bring it back, not only by choosing the Options command from the Window menu, you can also just press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, and that will redisplay the Options bar.

All right, so I have two images opened right now, Kill Jill art.psd and then Movie poster madness.psd. I'm going to switch back to the base version of the artwork, Kill Jill art.psd, and I want you to see something about this image. We've got some text, we've some other text that setup, right ready to apply, some adjustment layer, some base stuff that we'll be working with. And I also have this Smart Object that I have created in advance. Now what's interesting I think, and this is not all that different that what we've seen before, it just a slightly different spin on things, but it's a little bit of an eye opener.

Notice that I'm working with a very low- resolution piece of artwork here. So we are seeing the image at the 100% View size, and the reason I'm working so low res is just because Smart Objects are computationally intensive. We start ladling on the Smart Filters and things can really slow down to a crawl, at least where training purposes are concerned. And I don't want to have a lot of tears and pain and anguish over this so I just want to keep things moving quickly. When you are creating your own high- resolution artwork, it's one thing, but when we are trying to work through a project together it's important to be speedy. But interestingly enough, this image in the background where I've placed high-res artwork into a low-res composition.

Now we already saw that happened with the germs, we had big huge germs that we shrink down to a small size. So it's just more nondestructive scaling inside Photoshop, thanks to Smart Objects, but it opens the eye when you see it. If I go over here to what is obviously a Smart Object because it has the little icon down there, and I double-click on it, you can see there she is at 33% View size. If I scale her to make her larger, look how big she gets, and she could even be bigger than that. I could have thrown in the entire huge high-resolution piece of artwork. I chose a medium resolution instead.

So just an example of a nondestructive transformation as applied to Smart Objects inside of Photoshop. Now this Smart Object happens to include two layers, the original image by Joey Nelson, and that Curves adjustment layer. And I'm going to go ahead and double-click on that Curves adjustment layer thumbnail in order to bring up the Adjustments palette, and we can see that I have made the shadows lighter, and the highlights darker. We would normally by the way see these midtones plateau and as a result turn kind of gray inside of the image. And were I to press Shift+Alt+N or Shift+Option+N on the Mac to return to the Normal blend mode, you would see exactly what I'm talking about.

Look at those midtones along the bridge of the nose, around the eye, down here underneath the nose, up here in the forehead, around the hairs and so on, behind the eyebrows, they are turning incredibly gray, and they look just awful, as a result of the modification that I'm applying. Now I needed this Curves adjustment because if I turn it off you can see that her shadows are too dark, and her highlights are too light. So it makes a big meaningful wonderful difference to the image. When I turn it back on, it's just that it still looks really ratty.

Well the solution of course, and we have seen this before but again why not hone our skills here, is to change the blend mode from Normal to Luminosity, and that goes ahead and keeps those original colors and mixes in the new luminance levels and makes the image look just super-duper gorgeous. So this is the difference that Curves makes now. This is with it off, and this is with it on. So it just smoothes out the contrast inside the image. All right, I'm going to go ahead and close the Smart Object. I'm not going to save the changes, so click No or click don't save, because after all we didn't make any real changes, we just toured the file, and we don't want to waste a bunch of time updating the larger composition.

I am going to go ahead and collapse my Adjustments palette again so that we have a little more room to work here, inside the Layers palette. Ultimately for the final version of the movie poster, we've got a parametric wonderland artwork here. With just a handful of layers, as you can see, just seven layers in all working together a lot of elaborate stuff going on of course. A lot of gratuitous use of filters, but not a single pixel harmed in the process, and we shall assemble this composition together, starting in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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