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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 messing with this With outer glow.psd document. The only real substantive change once again is that I clicked on this Statue layer, I change the blend mode to Linear Burn and I reduced the Fill Opacity value to 40%. Now if you are playing around with blend modes and you have probably got a sense of this already, it's highly experimental, even after you get down with this chapter and you know vaguely how the blend modes work. You're still going to find yourself surprised after you apply the mode, it's still going to be different than you thought it was going to be, it always is. Because it's very difficult to predict math that's being applied on a channel by channel basis.
I mean what the heck? And I should say by the way, and let us know what you think of this, I'm thinking of doing just an overall blend modes series, like six hours on blend modes. Something that like I think. It would be actually a lot of fun. Then we could really dig into them and I can show you uses for every single one of the modes and that kind of thing. But anyhow, so there you are applying a blend mode, you come across one that works for you, but you are not too sure if you are going to stick with it. Why then, here's what I suggest you do. Go ahead and save out a layer comp, because you can save the blended state of an image and then switch between it and some other blended state as I'm going to show you.
We are going to discuss, layer comps in more detail in the future chapter when we get to some of the organizational stuff that you can do with layers in general in Photoshop, but for now what I want you to do is just go up to the Window menu and choose the Layer Comps command in order to bring up your Layer Comps palette right here. And I don't really think it needs to be this wide, we can truncate some of those descriptions right there. In fact I'm just going to go ahead and close them like so. And then what you do is you click on this little page icon, which is always your way of creating something new in palette. Then you will get this dialog box right here. Now by default Visibility is turned on which means that the Layer Comp will keep track of which layers are visible and which layers are not visible, but that's all it will keep track of.
If you want to say Blend Modes and Opacity and Fill Opacity as well, then you have to turn on this checkbox as well, make sure that it's on. Now it tells you it saves the Layer Style, meaning the Outer Glow effect right here, but it also saves everyone of the blending settings, everything that you can set inside of the Layer Style dialog box which includes the Blend Mode Opacity and Fill Opacity and much, much more, very important that's on. I will tell about position when we visit layer comps in more detail, but let's go ahead and call this Face to Lburn, because I have changed the face to Linear Burn and I could say something link Gosh, Linear Burn is a lot more useful thanks to Fill Opacity! So you can type something, you don't have to whatever, and click OK.
And then notice we have not only the name of the layer comp, but also if you twirled it open, this little thing saying, Gosh, Linear Burn is a lot more blah, blah, a little description there. Now I'm going to move Face to LBurn between these two comps right there. So it goes Opaque layer Face to LBurn and then Blend Mode Madness and there you can see if you click in front of these guys like so, there is the opaque layers. So we have changed the blend mode back to normal, 100% for both Opacity and Fill Opacity. There is face to LBurn all saved for me including not only Linear Burn 100% to 40% for Fill, but also the Outer Glow.
Then we have got our final effect right here, which is a result of lots, lots more settings. Then what you would do, being a responsible user of Photoshop, you would go up to the File menu and you would choose the Save command and now we'll update the Native layer.psd document and it's going to contain all this information, so you don't have to save off multiple different versions of your file, if all that's going on, as you are turning some layers off, some layers on, changing blend settings and so forth. That saves down on hassle. We have everything right there, and but I'll tell you more about the wonders of layer comps when we get to them, but there you go. In the next exercise we are going to take a look at the lightening blend modes, which includes everything from Lighten to Lighter Color. Stay tuned.
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