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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, I'm still looking at Everything is chrome.psd and I'm working inside of my Action Set My chrome world.atn. If you need access to them, they are both located inside the 30_actions folder. And now we are going to go ahead, create a mechanism by which we can clip this Chrome colorizer effect into the Rounded layer right here, so that it's not affecting the fabric any more. What we need to do in order to make that happen is we need to render all the layer effects out as independent layers.
So what we are going to do is first make sure that Chrome colorizer is active. Because whenever we are continuing to Record an action, we have to make sure that the point at which we are starting to begin recording again is exactly where we left off before. So the exact layers have to be selected and everything. All right, so this is the way it was. Make sure that the last step where the Action name is Selected, and click on the Record button. And now we need to drop down to the Rounded layer, before we can render out its effects.
And I could click on Rounded. That would actually be perfectly fine, because after all we took special pains to name that layer Rounded. But just to be safe. Let's say we are not sure of that layer is going to be there or not. We only need to drop down one layer. So why not take the advantages of keyboard shortcut which is Alt+Option along with the Square Braces keys? So if you press Alt+Left bracket or Option+Left bracket on the Mac, you will select the backward layer. So you drop one layer down, and that's perfect. Then right click on that little fx icon right there and I want you to choose this command right there, Create Layers, which is going to go ahead and Make Layer out of all the effects. Now, all together we have five layers, where we only have four effects. That's because we have the Gradient Fill, the Inner Glow, the Inner Shadow, and then on top of everything else, we have the Bevel Highlight and the Bevel Shadow.
So the Bevel and Emboss effect is rendered out as two separate layers. All right, now we need to pop back up to Chrome colorizer and clip it to the layers below. So we are adding it to the clipping stack right there, and you'll notice that every single one of the rendered out effects is clipped to Rounded as well. All right, so the best way to that is as opposed to Alt-clicking or Option-clicking on the horizontal line. The best thing to do is actually to make Chrome colorizer active, and then choose the Clipping command.
We are looking for the safest solutions, so there is no way things can get mixed up. Now what I'd like to do is go ahead and Select the top layer. Once upon a time, you could press Shift+Alt, Shift+ Option along with right bracket to go to the top of the stack, but you can't do that anymore. Don't press that keyboard shortcut, because that will go ahead and Select, Rounded Gradient Fill along with Rounded, because Shift will expand the selections, so you will select more and more layers. So there is no way to get to the top of the stack anymore, except to just go ahead and click on that top layer. And we just have to cross our fingers that the fact that we named it.
We took special pains to name this one Chrome colorizer. That's going to save the day because the Action is saying, Select layer Chrome colorizer. So hopefully, that's going to make things work. Then go up to the Layer menu and choose Create Clipping Mask, or you can press Ctrl+Alt+G or Command+Option+G in the Mac, if you can get the keyboard shortcut to work, and we get this effect right here. Hunky-dory, looks awesome. All right, now what I want to do is I want to drop down to Rounded. I guess we could have done it while we were there, but we are trying to make changes that look good as we are working through this. This would be more of a real world approach to go ahead and do the clipping, and then drop down. The idea is I want you to assign a Drop Shadow to Rounded. All right, so I was telling you, we know have a Background layer. We have already called it twice. So we hid the Background, then we did something else, we showed the Background. And now this time, we are going to click on the Background in order to make active.
So the Background has got to be there. The whole action would have failed by now if it weren't. And then, I'm going to press Alt+Right bracket or Option+Right bracket to move up to the next visible layer, which happens to be Rounded. So you might think, well, we could have just clicked on Rounded as well. We had named the layer. Yes. But again, for safety sake I'm doing it this way. And then, I'm going to go ahead and add a Drop Shadow effect manually this time. So I'll click on the fx icon, I'll choose Drop Shadow, and let's go ahead and apply few settings. 54? is the Global Light Setting. So leave that alone. Multiply and Black are fine. 75% Opacity is fine as well. I'm going to raise the Distance value to 34pixels.
This is just what I decided looked good, and I'll tab down the Size and take it up to 24 pixels, and that's it. That's the end. Click OK, in order to accept that modification. Click Stop, because we have now recorded our Action, my friends, and we are ready to test it, and when are we going to test it? In the next and last chapter of this entire series, coming right up.
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