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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Alright so we spend a fair amount of time adjusting our settings here inside of the Smart Sharpen dialog box coming up with Customs Sharpen settings and Custom Shadow and Highlight settings as well. And note if you switch back to basic at this point, watch the preview, it didn't change it all, your Customize Shadow and Highlight Settings remain in force. So it's very easy to kind of mess up those settings for later use, you know you don't always want to be tampering those Highlights and Shadows, do you.
And if you go ahead and switch back to basic at this point and then use the Filter forever from this point on, you are going to have messed up those shadows and highlight settings and that's going to affect the behavior of the dialog box. I think there should be a reset to default function. Now you would think there would be because there is this default setting right there but if you choose it, it doesn't make any darn difference because we have wiped out our old default settings, we have replaced them with new ones as it turns out. And if I go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on Reset it will just reset the settings to the way they were when I first entered the dialog box which if I have applied the command that isn't necessarily going to help me out.
So what I would suggest you do this is a long-winded way of saying that you are probably wise to go ahead and save out your settings. So let's go ahead and leave Advanced enforced so we can at least see what's going on with shadow and with highlight. And now I am going to go ahead and click on this little Save a Copy of Current Setting button, this little floppy disk alright because we all save the floppy disks of course. So I am going to go ahead and name these options Advance Settings just for lack of anything better to call them and I will click OK.
Now here is the really important part. Notice that it didn't change the settings options to Advance Settings it's still set to Default but if you click on the pop up menu here you do have Advance Settings available to you. Now what I would suggest you do is switch back to Sharpen just so that we are looking at the Sharpen options here and then before you apply the command you have got to choose Advance Settings, otherwise you will wipe back your default settings. You will not only have saved these settings but you will wipe out these settings at all and you don't want to do that. Saving settings inside the Smart Sharpen dialog box is for "who knows what reason" a two-step operation, it's just terrible design in my opinion but you have got to choose that option and then click OK to make sure you don't wipe out your defaults.
Alright so I have just gone ahead and applied my settings to the image, this is before and this is after so you can see that we have done something to this image. Now let's go back into the Smart Sharpen dialog box by pressing Ctrl Alt F or Command Option F on the Mac. My Advance Settings are intact of course because I clicked OK that's all that's about. The Smart Sharpen dialog box always goes ahead and saves your last settings and makes them the next settings you apply. Alright but now because I didn't save over defaults I can go ahead and choose the Default Function, it reset these defaults which are messed up but they are messed up from a couple of exercises ago because we weren't paying attention to our settings but that does reinstate our default shadow and highlight settings so those are no longer messed up, alright.
So I could go ahead and click on the Sharpen Tab. And if I wanted to really reset these guys, I could now manually by clicking on Basic and leaving the amount value to 100% taking the radius value down to 1 pixel turning off More Accurate that shouldn't be on and resetting the Remove option to Gaussian blur. Those are the Default Settings right there and then I would click OK and that just progressively messed up my image so I would go ahead and press Ctrl Z or Command Z on the Mac to undo that modification.
Now we can see we have got nice unmodified settings at this point. I press Ctrl Alt F again, Command Option F once again and defaults are now set to the real defaults and Advance Settings are now set to the real advance settings and so on. So that's how you modify settings. If that seemed totally twisted and bizarre well, welcome to the way it's implemented. I must say I totally agree with you it is twisted and bizarre that's why I saved it for a separate exercise but I wanted you to know how it works just in case you want to keep meticulous track of your settings here inside the Smart Sharpen dialog box.
It's a wise idea my friend.
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