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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.
All right gang, we are taking up where we left off in the last exercise. Notice that I created this action right here called Rotate & Scale and we are in the midst of recording it. I actually did a few other things. I had to go ahead and finish recording the movie and go ahead and save that off for you, and then come back to Photoshop, and so Photoshop is just sitting here, the whole time just to waiting for me. So here is what I'm going to do. I'm going to go up to the Image menu, and I'm going to choose Image Rotation, and I'm going to choose 90? CW for clockwise.
Photoshop won't record the keyboard shortcut, so it doesn't matter if you play it back on a machine that doesn't have that keyboard shortcut. It's just recording the command name, so that's what really counts. Anyway, go ahead and choose the Command and then, I'm going to zoom out a little bit and scroll Sammy, so that I can see him here inside of the Image window. Notice what got recorded and what didn't. I'll go ahead and make my Actions palette a little wider. It said Rotate first document, but it didn't keep track of the zooming and it didn't keep track of the panning, it doesn't keep track of any navigation functions, is what it comes down to. It's just recording the significant actions. And most frequently, these are undoable operations. So that the same operations that are tracked by the History palette, and by the Undo command.
So you can think of it that way. If you want to see what's going on, even in the midst of recording the action, you can twirl an operation open and see that it's rotating the first document, meaning the active one, by an angle of 90?. So Photoshop doesn't always talk right. Sometimes these steps just have baffling names associated with them. But you can usually figure out what step is doing what. All right, my next operation is to go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command, because I want to scale this image for output. Bring up the Image Size dialog box, and what I'm going to do, I just happen to know, I have this little printer that's great for printing snapshots. Its Resolution is 314 pixels per inch, exactly. So I want to precisely match the resolution of that printer because it is dye-sub. In other words, it lays down a pixel of information. It mixes the ink for every pixel. So it's got a one-to-one ratio with my image if I do things properly.
Then I want to take the Width of my image down to 3 inches. That will reduce the Height to 4 inches automatically. We can see that the Pixel Dimensions are dropping precipitously. Bear in mind, I'm doing this specifically for the snapshot printer. So that's fine. Then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that resized image. I'll zoom in on it once again, so I can see it at a reasonable size. Actually you know what, I'm going to go ahead and zoom it to 100%. All right. There is the Image Size command. It's a significant operation, so it got recorded. Twirl it open and we can see that we have a Width of 3 inches.
It didn't say anything about the Height value, notice that, but it did say Width Constraint Proportion is turned on. Where the Image Size command is concerned, it's just keeping track of what you do inside of that command, which setting you enter, and then how it effects everything else. So what we were concerned with, we entered a Resolution 314, we entered Width value 3 inches, and we had all the check boxes turned on, and the Interpolation was set to Bicubic, and that's what it kept track of. The other stuff will float. You can experiment with Image Size a lot. There is a lot of different ways that you can record image size operations, and I'll show you a few of those later in this chapter. So this can be a very flexible command when you start actioning it.
The next thing I want to do, the final step where this image is concerned. I'm going to go up to the Filter menu right there, and I'm going to choose Other, and I'm going to choose High Pass. And that's going to bring up the High Pass dialog box but of course. Something to know, as long as you are still entering settings into a dialog box, or something like that, it's not going to show up in the list. It's not until you've absolutely confirmed it, and it becomes undoable that it shows up in the list. Just the way that Photoshop tracks things. I am going to set the Radius value, because again this is a snapshot printer, even though it's going to have a very high resolution, dye-sub printers do a great job of handling just the tiniest little details.
So I'm going to set this Radius value to something pretty small like 1.5 pixels, and I'll click OK, and then we have High Pass listed right there. I'll go ahead and twirl that open. You can see what the Radius setting is. Now, I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Fade command, Fade High Pass. Let's go ahead and see what Linear Light looks like. Let's really give this image some major sharpening like so. Then we'll go ahead and take the Opacity value down to something like 70% let's say. But I want this image to print really, really sharply, and I've found that actually over-sharpening the image works really well for this printer.
So you know what, I'm going to take it up to more like 90% like so, and click OK. Then it goes ahead and keeps track of that Fade information as well. Now, whenever you feel like you are done, and I do feel like I'm done, I'll go ahead and zoom out to 50% to see what the image looks like, and it looks nice intact, all the colors are wonderful. It's obviously rotated well. It's the resolution I need for my printer. So given that, that sounds like I'm done. I'll go ahead and click on the Stop Recording button, and I have now saved an action here that I can playback over and over again. I'll show you how that works in the next exercise.
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