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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, 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 CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, I'm still looking at the No tresspassing.jpg file and we have managed to apply some Advanced settings, just by turning on Advanced and then going to Highlight for starters and entering 35, 75 and 10, and then doing the exact same thing for the Shadow settings as well. But we are way to just go ahead and click OK. We would save over our default settings, mess everything up and forever more we might end up with these messed up settings that don't work for every image. It just happens to work quite nicely for this image right here.
So here's what I recommend you do. You've got to kind of work in this order. So bear with me. First of all you go to your little floppy disk icon, because by all means, when you think save, you think where is my floppy disk? I want to save a file to it. So go ahead and click on that and then I'm just going to call this guy Advanced settings like so and click OK. Okay, so where did my Save settings go? Well they are here inside the Settings menu. They are down here, but Smart Sharpen did not care to go ahead and select them automatically for me. So if I already click OK it would save over my default settings and I would have two copies of these messed up settings. One called Default and the other called Advanced settings. It's ludicrous, it really is.
So what you need to do, you need to choose it's a two-step operation. First save with your floppy disk and then go ahead and choose Advanced settings, in order to make it active. And then when you click OK it's actually saving over these Advanced settings and it will do that every single time it will save over them. So check it out, I'll go ahead and click OK and I went ahead and applied those settings, brilliant. Now Ctrl+ Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac to bring back the Smart Sharpen dialog box, and I want to demonstrate now how we preserved our defaults, at least where the Advanced settings are concerned.
So just by choosing Default I went ahead and reinstated the old Shadow and Highlight settings, good. And if I now choose Advanced settings everything is working the way it should, excellent! But now we should really take a moment to reset those defaults. So go ahead and click on Default, and notice, by the way if I go back to Sharpen and I select Basic just to get everybody reset, notice these are my default settings I don't think so. These just happened to be the last settings I applied when default was active and that's why Photoshop kept saving over default. Highly irritating that it does this. Anyway turn off More Accurate. Let's re-establish the actual real defaults here.
Gaussian Blur, a Radius of 1 and an Amount of 100%. I believe memory search me right. Those are the default settings, and then you would click OK in order to accept that modification. Now you just sharpened over sharpening. So you don't want that. You go up to the Edit menu and choose Undo Smart Sharpen. We'll press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. But watch this .We have done our deed so every thing is good. Press Ctrl+Alt +F or Command+Option+F on the Mac. Default is now set to 100, 0, Gaussian Blur, excellent, and Advanced settings are now set to 400, 3, Lens Blur, width. Some nice Advanced settings. Settings that are waiting for us and if we go back to Default, those Advanced settings are nicely wiped out, good. Back to Sharpen, yes, everything looks glorious.
Click on Basic, click Cancel. We don't need to do anything else because we've got good defaults and we've got good Advanced settings. But what does this mean, from now on if you want to be judicious and you don't want to mess things up and you want to careful then anytime you make some big changes to your settings here you should create a new settings file. It could just be something like here. I'll tell you what. We'll go ahead and create some different settings. 250 and 4 pixels and Remove, set to Lens Blur, More Accurate turned off, something just like that, and I'll click on the floppy disk, and I'll just call this one Random settings like so, and now I'll click OK and then I'll go ahead and select it. And that way we'll protect the defaults, we'll protect the Advanced settings, then we'll have this Random settings sort of bucket here that can get replaced over-and-over again without us caring about it. And then I'll click OK and we are in good shape. Of course I over-sharpen the image because I just applied another sharpening paths but then all you got to do is choose Undo Smart Sharpen again Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac and life can be beautiful but not in this image.
But anyway it is better we have sharpened it. That's awesome! In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to account for camera shake using the Motion Blur setting.
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