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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

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All right gang, we are still working with the same images. The terrors of Sammy.jpg and The horrors of Max.jpg, both of which have been modified using different Actions. I use this Rotate, Scale & Sharpen Action to modify Sammy. I use this R, S & Supersharpen Action, which is pretty over the top of this point to double Path Sharpen Max. Now notice over here there is this column of empty icon at this point. Although up here for Default Actions, you will see that it is turned on, and it is Red. So we have this little box with dot dot dot in it.
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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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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery
13h 7m Advanced May 29, 2009

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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Defining the essentials of masking
  • Resizing images with content-aware scaling
  • Adjusting perspective with Vanishing Point
  • Applying Smart Filters to create complex effects
  • Using the Auto-Align tool to build composite images
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Permitting the user to change settings

All right gang, we are still working with the same images. The terrors of Sammy.jpg and The horrors of Max.jpg, both of which have been modified using different Actions. I use this Rotate, Scale & Sharpen Action to modify Sammy. I use this R, S & Supersharpen Action, which is pretty over the top of this point to double Path Sharpen Max. Now notice over here there is this column of empty icon at this point. Although up here for Default Actions, you will see that it is turned on, and it is Red. So we have this little box with dot dot dot in it.

That means that it is going to bring up a Dialog Box. And if you twirl open Default Actions, you will see that some of the Actions bring up Dialog Box and others don't. And if you want to see exactly what steps bring up the Dialog Box, then you go ahead and twirl open the Actions, and you will see that these guys are the ones that do it. All right, now so what in the world is that about? Well, here is the deal. Let's say we want the user to be able to do modify the settings, like the first Action here, works great for your standard everyday average focused image that we are printing to this one specific printer.

So this one snapshot printer is able to accommodate these kinds of images really easily. But what if the images have some extra softness in the first place, and you want to be able to be compensate for that on the fly? Why then we have got the Super Sharpen, and you want the person to be able to modify the settings to taste. All right, so I could set things up, so that it's the Smart Sharpen Dialog Box that will pop up on screen like so. So let me show you what that looks like. I'll just click in the dialog box icon in front of Smart Sharpen, then I'm going to go ahead revert the image of Max by pressing F12 key.

Oh, and I'm still recording holy molly! I am still recording the Action. I didn't even notice that. You have to Stop the recording at a certain point people. Yes, all right, by clicking the Stop Recording button, and then I'll go ahead and throw away this final step. And that's okay. Actually that's kind of useful mistake, because you'll find yourself accidentally adding totally ridiculous steps to an Action. And what happens is you started recording the Action or you start rerecording, you know, adding to the Action, they way I did in the previous exercise.

And then you will kind of just check out. You won't even pay attention to the Action palette anymore. You will just be performing steps. Honestly, this will happen to you. And about fifteen, twenty minutes later you look over the Actions palette, and it's still recording. You will see the red Record button down there, and you will see like a hundred steps inside of your Action. And it has just been recording all the steps. You switched images, you closed an image, you opened another one. It's recording everything, right? In that case just stop. Don't freak out. Just stop recording, grab those extra steps. Identify where they are, and Trash them. Anyway, all right, so now I have this guy ready to go. I'll go ahead and click on the R, S & Supersharpen right there in order to select it, and I'll go ahead and Ctrl+double click on it or Command+double-click on it on the Mac, in order to play the Action back.

Notice now, the Smart Sharpen Dialog Box comes up, and invites the user of your Action to make some changes. This is horrifying, because you are asking your user to make an analysis of the image in one of Photoshop's most complex Dialog Boxes. You really need to know what you are doing to work inside of Smart Sharpen, and in my opinion, if only because there is this very misleading More Accurate check box right here, but the whole Remove experience is unusual, and nobody knows what Radius means who hasn't been using Photoshop for a while.

And so I guess they could say, oh! I guess I'll change the Amount. I'll tweak that down a little bit or something. But that's still asking a lot of them. All right, so I'm going to Cancel out of there for a second. Here's what I recommend you do instead. Let's go ahead and press F12 in order to revert Max once again. Let's not ask the user to content with this Smart Sharpen dialog box. Turn that guy off. Let's ask him to content with Fade. That's really easy. They can fade the effect. So go ahead and turn on the Dialog Box for Fade for the second one. The first one, I suggest you just leave that one alone.

Because that's after High Paths and High Paths effect is pretty subtle. But the Smart Sharpen effect is over the top. So let's do this. Let's go back to the R, S & Supersharpen Action, and Ctrl+double click or Command+double click on that guy. And then, here is this Dialog Box. That's so easy. Then it's just like, oh no, I don't want that much sharpening. I'll go ahead and take it back to let's say 60%. 60% looks good to me. They won't even pay attention to Luminosity hopefully. Hopefully they don't go changing that and go, ah, I wonder what this would look like if I choose Difference. Oh no. So hopefully they won't do that.

Anyway, but this is such a simple Dialog Box. We can anticipate they'll figure this one out. Click OK. And then the beauty of this is we then actually record that setting. We didn't modify the original settings. So the next time they play it back, it will still be 100%. So when you just do a standard playback, then the results of your modifications are not recorded. It's only when you do a double-click on Fade, as opposed to Ctrl or Command+double click. And you see that Record icon down at the bottom of the Actions palette that whatever changes you make will be recorded, as the suggested settings that is for this Dialog Box.

All right, so there you have it. A nice flexible Action at your disposal, and sense we have done some work right there. Why don't we go ahead and select My Actions. And if you want to you can go ahead and rename this like so. My two actions if you wanted to. And then we go ahead and save those off by bringing up the fly-out menu. Choosing Save Actions, assuming of course that the set is selected. And then saving that out for you inside of 30_actions folder in case you want to load it up later. All right, just want to make sure everything is there for you people.

In the next exercise we are going to take a look at how to use Actions, not to correct an image, but rather to record a creative effect.

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Q: My Polygon tool is locked into a very small size. I can use the Transform tool to increase it's size once drawn, but I must have something set that will not allow me to freely draw it like I can the other shapes. What could be causing this problem?
A: This could be caused by a value associated with the Radius option of the tool. Click the down-pointing arrowhead to the right (a few tool icons over) from the Polygon tool in the options bar at the top of the screen. This brings up pop-up panel. If the Radius option has a number value, select that value and press Delete or Backspace to clear it out. That should fix the problem.
 
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