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Regaining access to the pixels

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All right friends we're almost done with this image. I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Five-filter fusion.psd, so called because altogether we have fused the results of five different filters. This would be Smart Sharpen, Median, High Pass, Gaussian Blur and Shadow/Jighlights in order to create this composition right here. Not quite perfect. We are on the verge of perfection, I tell you. But there is one issue that I have, actually two, but one is major-minor and one is minor-minor.

Regaining access to the pixels

All right friends we're almost done with this image. I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Five-filter fusion.psd, so called because altogether we have fused the results of five different filters. This would be Smart Sharpen, Median, High Pass, Gaussian Blur and Shadow/Jighlights in order to create this composition right here. Not quite perfect. We are on the verge of perfection, I tell you. But there is one issue that I have, actually two, but one is major-minor and one is minor-minor.

The major-minor one is that we have this highlight across the bridge of the woman's nose right here that is getting sharpened. And first of all it's kind of a artifact-laden highlight in the first place. It's got a sharp edge to it and the edge is only gotten extenuated over time, thanks to all of our edge detection filters working together inside of the image. So what we need to do is heal this edge away. I think that's going to be your best path. There is certainly other things that we could try, but I think healing is going to be the simplest. So I'll go over here and get the Healing Brush.

And then I'll notice that I have a little Ghostbusters icon when I move my cursor into the image. Now, if you don't see the Ghostbusters icon, little no-can-do icon, that's because your Filter Mask is active. In that case you could heal inside of the Filter Mask, but that's not what you want to do. That's not going to do you any good. If the filter mask is not active, and it's the Smart Object that's active instead, you won't be able to paint with the tool. And if you try, you'll get an error message that's says Alt-click to define a source point to be used to repair the image. All right, I'll go ahead and give that try if you like, Photoshop. There we go.

A little Alt-click or an Option-click on the Mac, and now, I get a Ghostbusters icon inside of our preview. That's nice. And then if I start to click or drag, then I'm going to get 'This smart object must be rasterized before proceeding.' 'Edit contents will no longer be available.' Should I rasterize the Smart Object? No, cancel out; you don't want to do that. So you cannot use the Healing Brush because the Smart Object is not directly editable. That's the error message we are looking for Photoshop, thank you very much. We have to go a-hunting, but there it is. That's the problem.

Is you cannot edit the pixels and the Smart Object. This being familiar to us of course from the previous chapter. I told you that then. But it's the kind of thing that becomes an issue every once in a while. The penalty for all this splendid stuff that you get out of Smart Objects, you know the fact that you can apply nondestructive transformations, the fact that you can regain access to Camera Raw, the fact that you can create instances, the fact that you can heap on Smart Filters. The downside is that you don't have access to the pixels, not direct access. So what you have to do is double-click on the Smart Object in order to enter the nested Smart Object. Notice if we zoom in here on that bridge of the nose that we have that same old weird little cursor going on here, which is to say that we can see the thing that we are going to heal. But we have got a Ghostbusters icon telling us we can't do it, and if we go and click it we're going to get those same error messages, so don't even bother.

Instead double-click again on this Smart Object and now we are out of Smart Objects. We are actually in the pixels, this is the original image right here. Let's go ahead and zoom in on it, and this is the original untreated image. We have yet to make a pixel-level modification to this image, over this entire course of events here. All right, so what I'm going to do, armed with the Healing Brush, I'm going to Alt-click or Option-click right about here in order to set the source point and then I'm going to drag up the bridge of the nose to about this location there. So not all the way up, because otherwise I'll lose the highlights if I go too high. So just about midway of the nose.

And that covers up that weird little edge right there. Now if you feel like it covers it up too much, or you don't really like the brush stroke or you can see the edge of the Healing Brush stroke. That can happen too. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z again. Command+Z a couple of times, just compare the before and after. It's look actually pretty darn good to me, but just in case, press Ctrl+Shift+F, Command+Shift+F on the Mac, in order to fade your Healing Brush, and I'll back it off to 70% let's say. And then click OK and that should produce a really fine result and it actually looks great, I think.

All right, so I'll switch back to my Rectangular Marquee tool. I'll go ahead and close this newest image. Photoshop will ask me if I want to save the changes? Yes, I do. You would click the Save button on the Mac in order to save those changes into the nested Smart Object. And just to make sure you like what you see now that you can see it sharpened, we'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z and there is that edge, can you see it right there? And then Ctrl+Z again, that's Command+Z on the Mac of course, and the edge disappears. So it's a nice marvelous modification.

All right, now I'm thinking you know what? I do want this to look sharp in print. So I want to make sure we've got very tactile sharpening going on inside of this image. So as long as I'm looking at the nested Smart Object, I'm going to go over to the Smart Sharpen filter, double-click on its little slider icon right there to bring up the Blending Options dialog box. And I should note, by the way, that is easy to miss that thing. Every once in a while when I'm just kind of working by myself, I'll accidentally click a few pixels too far over to the right, in which case you are going to bring up the big old Smart Sharpen dialog box. So you really got to nail that icon, just so you know.

You probably already figured that out by now, but just in case. Double-click on the slider icon, right there in the center of it if you can. And then I'm going to change the Opacity value to 100%. Forget this subtlety. We need nice sharp focus. Click OK. All right, now I'm going to go ahead and close the nested Smart Object, and Photoshop will ask me, hey do you want to save the changes, meaning do you want to update your other larger composition? The answer is Yes or Save. So go ahead and click that button and then you come back into the Five-filter fusion.psd image.

Now both of your modifications wrapped into a single Undo because they happened actually in separate image windows. So this image is just tracking the fact that it received those modifications from the nested Smart Object. So in other words, if I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, I'm undoing both operations. I'm undoing the healing and I'm undoing the modification to the Smart Sharpen Blending, the fact that we send it back to 100%. And so we are seeing the image as it appeared when we first began this exercise. Hence I'm not seeing an asterisk up here in the title tab, which would tell me I have unsaved changes. I don't, because I just undid everything.

To redo it, and you can see we've got that sharp edge, that's no good, and we also have slightly softer details, for example, the eyelashes and the eyes. If I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z again, then we've got more tactile eyelashes and we no longer have that harsh edge on the bridge of the nose. Fantastic, I tell you. All right, so we are now done with this image. I'm going to go ahead and press the F key a couple of times to switch to the Full Screen Mode and let's do a before and after. This is how the image looked when we first opened it at the outset of this chapter many, many exercises ago, and this is how the image looks now. Super sharp beautifully focused, wonderfully rendered, the colors are outrageously great. Thanks to the power of Smart Filters, not to mention our very meticulous approach.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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