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Playing and editing a specific operation

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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to play back one or more specific steps inside of an action in order to either see how the action is put together or to troubleshoot. I'll also show you how to modify the settings associated with a specific recorded operation. So I'm still in the middle of recording my Convert to CMYK action, which includes four steps: It flattens the image; it changes the Image Size; I'm Converting the Profile to CMYK; and I'm assigning the Smart Sharpen Filter. Now, if seeing all these individual settings is proving to be a little bit overwhelming, you can go ahead and twirl closed each one of these operations, like so.

Playing and editing a specific operation

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to play back one or more specific steps inside of an action in order to either see how the action is put together or to troubleshoot. I'll also show you how to modify the settings associated with a specific recorded operation. So I'm still in the middle of recording my Convert to CMYK action, which includes four steps: It flattens the image; it changes the Image Size; I'm Converting the Profile to CMYK; and I'm assigning the Smart Sharpen Filter. Now, if seeing all these individual settings is proving to be a little bit overwhelming, you can go ahead and twirl closed each one of these operations, like so.

You can also turn an individual step off. For example, let's say you want to disable a step, but you're not sure you want to throw it away. Why then, just go ahead and click on the check mark in front of it, and it will be skipped during playback. Also notice that the action now begins with a red check mark, indicating that one or more steps are turned off. You can go ahead and override that and turn all the steps back on by clicking on that red check mark, but if you do, you'll get a warning that turning all these steps back on is not undoable. So in other words, if you have like 15 steps that are turned off, and you go ahead and override that and turn them all back on, not only can you not restore the steps to being turned off, you can't even tell what those steps were, unless you remember which ones were on and off.

So you have no record of what you've done, which means that this is a reasonable alert to pay attention to. Anyway, I'm going to click OK, because I don't care. I want to turn the step back on. All right, so we've seen the effects of Smart Sharpen on this Avignon street.jpg image. After all, that's where we applied these settings. They look pretty good, I suppose. Let's see how they fare inside of that other image I have opened, Pont Saint-Benezet.psd. Now, I've already performed a lot of these steps in a previous exercise. The image is already flat. I've changed the resolution value.

The image has been converted to the CMYK mode. I can see that up there in the Title tab. The only thing I need to do is apply Smart Sharpen. So if you want to play back a specific step, a couple of different ways to do it. One is you can click on the step, like so, and then click on the Play button down here at the bottom of the panel. That will play the action from that step on. So if there are any more steps after this point, they would get played as well. Or if you just want to play a range of steps, you click on one step, Shift+click on another, and then click on the Play button.

Then finally, let's say you want to play a step completely out of sequence, just by itself, nothing more. Then you take advantage of this top secret shortcut, which is, you press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and you double-click on that step. That just plays the one and nothing more. You can also Ctrl+double-click or Command +double-click on the action in order to play the entire thing. All right, now I'm looking at the effects of my Smart Sharpen settings. I'm thinking, egads, that's way too much. I'll go ahead and zoom out a click, so I can take in the settings at the 50% view size.

That's still oversharpened, in my opinion. So I'll press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, to undo the effects of Smart Sharpen. That's not tracked inside the Actions panel, because I'm not in the process of recording an action. Now let's say I know I want to apply Smart Sharpen, just not using these settings. Well, instead of Ctrl+double-clicking or Command+double-clicking on a step, just double-click. That will both play back the action and record your changes. Check this out. I want you to see it. At the bottom of the Actions panel, you're both playing back the step, because the Play button is green, and you're recording your changes, because the Record button is red.

All right, I'm going to move that dialog box back onscreen, so I can see what I'm doing. I'll change the Amount value to 150, instead of 250. I'm also going to take the Radius value down to 3 pixels. I'll leave Remove set to Lens Blur. I don't care about any of the other settings, although you know what, maybe I'll take it up a little bit. Actually, I might as well tweak this a little too high. So I'll go with an Amount value of 200%, a Radius of 3 pixels. That is an oversharpened image. I'll come back to that in a moment. Click OK in order to apply those changes.

Sure enough, now the Amount is 200%, instead of 250, Radius is now 3 pixels instead of 3.5, and Remove is still Lens Blur. All this other stuff doesn't matter. Now, one more thing that I should do. I should fade the results of Smart Sharpen, so it just affects the Luminance and nothing more, and I might back off the Opacity as well. I can do that by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Fade command, but I need to record what I'm doing. Notice that the Actions panel is no longer recording, so that round Record button is no longer red.

That's because we were just recording the changes for that one step and that one step only. So I'll click on the Record button, and because the action name is selected, Photoshop will go ahead and append anything we do to the end of the action. So I'll go up to the Edit menu. I'll choose Fade Smart Sharpen, or press Ctrl+Shift+F, Command+Shift+F on the Mac. I'm going to change the mode from Normal to Luminosity. I'm going to back off this Opacity value to something like 65%. I think that looks pretty darn good. Then I'll click OK in order to accept that new step inside of my action, and I'm done.

I'll click on the square Stop button in order to complete that action. Now, if I want to check out how things fare inside Avignon street.jpg, why, I would go ahead and switch over to this image. You know what, the easiest thing, at this point, is to go ahead and play back the entire action, because I'm not sure I can just play back fade, because fade is now dimmed, so that's not going to work. I'd have to at least replay Smart Sharpen, and that's such a pain in the neck. Why don't we just go ahead and revert the image, which I'm going to do. I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Revert command, or press F12, and we're back to the original image.

And now I'll go ahead and twirl this guy closed, just to tidy things up. You know what? To play back the entire action, I'm going to take advantage of that keyboard shortcut once again. I'll Ctrl+double-click or Command+ double-click on that action to play back the entire thing, and now I have applied my changes. I can tell, if I switch back to the History panel, that sure enough, I did go ahead and Convert the Profile to CMYK. I did apply Smart Sharpen. That's what I'm curious about, because it's kind of subtle inside this image. And I went ahead and faded Smart Sharpen to 65% presumably, and a blend mode of Luminosity.

You know what? I'm going to zoom out to 50%, and things sharpen up a little bit, because I was looking at the image at 57% a moment ago, which is a nonstandard view, and actually that looks pretty darn good. So remember that you can play back individual steps by Ctrl+double-clicking on them, Command+double- clicking on them on the Mac. If you want to change the settings associated with a step, then just double-click on that step inside the Actions panel and apply your changes.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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