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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
In this exercise I'm going to show you couple of other ways to introduce a Smart Object into a composition. You can use the Place command or you can use one of the two Bridge variations, the Mini Bridge or the Big Bridge. I'll show you what that looks like. I've got ahead and saved my progress as Initial insect.psd, and there is my dragonfly set up as a Smart Object already. So I obviously don't need to do this. I just want to show it to you. Another way to work is you can go to the File menu and you can choose the Place command or if you loaded dekeKeys you can press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Cmd+Shift+Option+D on the Mac.
Then go ahead and navigate your way to the Dragonfly skeleton.jpg file, click on it to select it and then click on the Place button. You will see this little preview here that is showing you how big the image will be once you place it and also where it's going to be placed inside of the composition, and look you get all your Free Transform controls, too. So I can change this first value to 1872.5 and the second one to 226 and then press the Enter key a couple of times in order to place that insect, the Return key a couple times of on the Mac, and notice Photoshop is not only smart enough to make it a Smart Object, That's just the way Place files come in by default, but also it went ahead and named the layer automatically as well.
So it named the layer after the original file name. Wild! Anyway I'm going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of that dragonfly, because he's a duplicate. Let me show you how to do it with the Bridge. You can bring up the Mini Bridge if you want to by clicking on the little Mini Bridge button here in this panel column or you can go up to the Mini Bridge icon in the Applications bar. It works the same for the Mini Bridge. But I'm going to show you how it works for the larger Bridge. So there is the Launch Bridge button, you also have a Browse and Bridge command under the File menu, go ahead and click on that to bring up the Bridge which was already running in the background that's why it came up so fast.
Then I would grab the Dragonfly.jpg file, but of course the question becomes here, you've got the Bridge maximized. It's covering up Photoshop, how in the world do we get to Photoshop? And there's no tab to drag and drop onto. Instead what you do is you go over to this button in the upper right corner that says Switch to Compact Mode, click on it and you'll switch to a compact Mini Bridge essentially. A Mini Bridge that's running independently of Photoshop, and then you perform the drag and drop. You go ahead and grab the Dragonfly skeleton.jpg image and you drop it into the composition.
Notice the compact Bridge stays open in the foreground here. So that's something to consider. Also, I still have the option of changing the numerical coordinates. So I'll enter 1872.5 and 226 and then I'll press the Enter key a couple of times or the Return key a couple times on the Mac in order to place that file. So once again we don't need to do that, we already did it in advance. I just want you to see another way to work. I'm going to press the Backspace key, go back to the Bridge by clicking on it, then un-compact the Bridge by switching back to the Full Mode here by clicking on this button of course.
Then I will click on the Boomerang icon to go back to Photoshop. So many buttons, so much clicking. Anyway, here we are back inside our beloved image editor. In the next exercise we're going to begin to affect our dragonfly.
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