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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
I have saved my progress as All iris layer FX.psd, so-called because I have applied all five of my layer effects to the new irises layer. Now I need to refine the layer mask that's associated with this layer so that I don't have the irises cutting in to this black flesh right here, and that's somebody you typically have to do inside of Photoshop. You will create a layer mask, you will employ it, you will make changes to other layers and then it will dawn on you that your layer mask needs to be enhanced in some way or other to keep up with the changes.
So I am going to click on this layer mask icon to make it active, that's very important because if you started painting on the irises you will mess everything up. So click on the layer mask thumbnail, it will become highlighted, you will see a double-box effect. Then I want you to get the Brush tool if you are working along with me, click on it, and the size I am going to work with is this. I have set the Size to 50 pixels and the Hardness to 75%, otherwise we are using a Round Brush, Opacity is set to 100%, and you can restore the Opacity just by pressing the 0 key on the keyboard.
Then I want you to make sure that the foreground color is set to Black as it is for me. Now I could begin painting inside of this mask, like so, but it's kind of hard to control my modifications, and notice as I do, I want you to see a couple of things. Not only do I begin virtually erasing the irises, obviously I can always bring them back by painting with White, but I also change the parameter of the layer which ends up affecting all the layer effects because inner shadow, the two glows, and the Satin effect are all Parameter effects; that is they trace around the edge, and Color Overlay fills the interior of layer.
So they all get affected, they all update right there live on-the-fly, it's great. However, what I have done is not great it's basically because I don't have any constraints going on. I am not able to limit my modification so I am just painting free-form. If I was painting with the tablet that might be okay I still probably won't work this way though. I am going to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification, and here is what I am going to do, I am going to click here, like so, I just clicked and I am going to Shift+Click right about there. It went too far with it, but what that does is it goes ahead and connects the Click and Shift+Click points with a straight line of paint.
Now I did carve off too much so I will try to get in click here and Shift+Click there. so I will just try to make small modifications, click here, Shift+Click here, so you can see I am just kind of scalping little areas. Click, Shift+Click and same over in this area, and finally I will do it right about there in order to trim that part of the iris in a little bit. Let's do it at the top of the iris too, click and Shift+Click, like so, to carve off that top, may be click and Shift+Click a little more. You don't want to end up with any corners so you want to take it easy and you probably want to apply a lot of clicks and Shift+Clicks in order to get this done.
Anyway, that looks pretty good for that eye. I am pretty happy with that, maybe a couple of clicks at the top here. Now I need to do the right-hand eye, her left by clicking at this location and Shift+Clicking right there. Click here looks like it will work pretty well, Shift+Click , like so. Click and Shift+Click and on and on like that. Then up at the top click and Shift+Click once than maybe twice in order to carve off the top there a little bit. Then against nose click and Shift+Click, might be necessary, but now that I look at it, it looks like I bid in too much, so forget about it, it's fine as is, and that's the irises for you, they look great to me.
Now there is another part of this image that needs a little bit of refinement, and this is the kind of thing you discover as you work through an image that changes you made a long, long time ago don't quite work. I am going to zoom out a click here and I am going to press the M key to switch back to my Rectangular Marquee tool, Spacebar+Drag down to the bottom of the image, let's go ahead and zoom back in actually, and check this out, this little ratty edge that's on her arm, in case you are not sure of the context here, this is her shoulder, and it's a function of what's happening in the blue group here.
So I am going to twirl it open, and it's all part of this blueness mask right down there. You can see that if I turn this layer Off then that bad edge goes away. If I turn it back On it comes back, so it must be a function of the mask. So what I am going to do is click on the mask to select it, that layer mask thumbnail right there, and then I am going to grab my standard Lasso tool, which I can get by pressing the L key, and I am going to drag around this area because this is the ratty area that I don't like, and in fact I might add a little bit, I am Shift+Dragging up and into this area little bit as well, so I have got this whole region selected.
And just to make sure that we have smooth transitions between whatever it is I do to this selection and the area around it I am going to feather this selection by going to the Select menu, choosing Modify and choosing the Feather command, and I will go ahead and apply a Feather value of let's say 4 pixels. Just something to generalize this selection, click OK, that doesn't do anything to the selected area, it just affects the selection outline. Now let's go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur and choose Gaussian Blur, Shift+F7 if you loaded dekeKeys, and I am going to enter a Blur value, 4 pixels, and notice that that blurs that badness away.
Not it makes a kind of mess of the mask as you can see here inside the Preview, who cares. What we care about is what it does to the image. As long as it makes the image better then it supports the composition. So I will click OK in order to apply that modification, Ctrl+D or Command +D on the Mac in order to deselect the image, and now let's zoom out and you can see that that shoulder looks much better than it did before and the irises look quite good as well.
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