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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.
In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to apply a series transformation or power duplication if you prefer to a pair of vector based shape outlines. I'm still working inside of Election.psd found inside the 24_vector_shapes folder. I have made a modification. I have gone ahead and created this new shape layer, which features a smaller star inside of a larger one. And I'm going to go ahead and rename this layer, stars and you might want to do that as well if you are working along with me. Make sure that you can see the vector mask, which I can right now. But you need to make sure that your vector mask has a nice thick outline around it, a double outline. Then I want you to get your Black Arrow tool which is your Path Selection tool of course, that's what Photoshop call it anyway. And then click on one of the shapes and Shift-click on the other one to select both of them.
Or you can do this where you kind of marquee them a little bit and you will get both of them like so. Anyway you want both shapes selected, then we are going to apply a very specific transformation. Now I want to transform and duplicate the star, we have already seen this but you press Ctrl+Alt+T or Command+Option+T on the Mac. Ctrl+T or Command+T of course enters the Free Transform mode. Alt or Option also ensures that you are going to clone the shape. And we are going to clone these shapes, we are not going to clone the entire layer, we are just going to clone the shapes inside of this existing layer.
So we are going to add to the vector- based mask, which is a little different than what we have seen when you are working with pixel layers. If we had pressed Ctrl+Alt+T or Command+Option+T on the Mac when a pixel-based layer was selected, we would duplicate that layer and create a new layer. So a little different action going on here. And here are the very specific values I want you to apply, I want you to click on the link up here in the Options Bar and I want you to change either the W or the H value to 80. Then I'm going to take tab over to the rotate value right there and I'm going to change it to -16, and then I want you to go ahead and drag your star until it aligns with that guide intersection. So until you see this effect right here, this is what you want to see. And then I want you to press the Enter key a couple of times here on the PC or the Return key a couple of times on the Mac in order to create this star right there.
Now we are set for some series transformations, for some power duplication here. I want to create three more stars over here on the left side of the illustration. I so cleverly set this up in advance, you and I both can just press, and here is the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T. Remember that one, Command+Shift+Option+T on the Mac. So mash your fist down and press the T key and you will get this. So that's the first Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T or Command+Shift+Option+T on the Mac. And then this and then this. So press that keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T or Command+Shift+Option+T on the Mac three times in order to create a series of five stars. Is that not awesome? All right, and there you have it. So with series duplication, even that works with vector based path outlines inside of Photoshop and in a unique and tantalizing way. In the next exercise we are going to add the very patriotic Field and Stripes layers. Stay tuned.
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