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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.
All right, now let's say you want to take this magazine cover, that measures about eight inches wide by 11 inches tall. And you want to blow it up to create a piece of poster art that measures more like 30 inches wide by 40 inches tall. Well then, you up sample the image using the Image size command, and that may sound like interesting advice to those of you who watch chapter three of my fundamentals course. But here's the thing while up sampling doesn't really do you any good when you're working with pixel based photographs, it's great when you're working with resolution independent text and shape layers.
And as we'll see we're going to get a better result out of the sparkle as well. So the first step is to go up to the image menu, and choose the duplicate command. And there's two reasons we're doing this. One is to protect the original image from harm, so we don't end up saving over it. And the other is, we want to be able to compare details back and forth. So we want to make sure nothing goes wrong during the up-sampling process. Make sure duplicate merge layers only is turned off. You do not want to merge layers at this point, and then I'll go ahead and call this file high res poster art let's say and click OK in order to create the new file.
Alright, the next step after I go ahead and zoom in a little bit here, is to go up to the image menu and bear in mind, you need to have all of your layers intact for this to work, so you can't have flattened any of your text or shape players. Then you go up to the image menu and you choose the image size cmd. Or you can press ctrl + alt I or cmd option I on a mac. Next you want to turn on all three checkboxes at the bottom of the dialogue box, we definitely want to resample the image, we want to generate new pixels. You want to constrain the proportions of course, and then finally you definitely want scale styles turned on.
So that you scale all of the layer effects, including the drop shadows, and the various effects apply to the numbers 365. Then I'm going to change the width value here, to 31 inches, and that's going to automatically change the height value to 43 inches. Then I'll tab my way down to the resolution value, and increase it to 300 pixels per inch. So we're even gaining resolution as we're going here. Now, at this point, you want to know the percentage by which you're increasing the size of the image. So go up to this pixels option here, click on it and choose percent instead.
And you'll see that we're expanding the size of the image by 500%. Well, actually it's more than that. It's 500% is wide and 500% is tall. So five by five, that's actually 2500%. You don't actually multiply the percent values, just the fives. So that means that we're inventing 24 new pixels for every single pixel inside this image. Now then, the interpolation setting down here, not only effects the pixel level stuff, specifically pixel based layers. That is to say not feathered items, it won't effect them at all.
And so in other words, that's only going to change how Photoshop interpolates the photographic image, it's not going to have any effect on the text or shape layers. If your interpolation setting is bi-cubic automatic, then Photoshop is going to automatically assign bi-cubic smoother. Which is just fine. So go ahead and click OK in order to expand the size of the image. And it may take a few moments for this to happen, because we're increasing the size of the image from almost 70 mega bytes, to 897 mega bytes.
So were verging on a giga byte image at this point. All right, now we need to check out some details here, so I'm going to zoom out from my image, and then I'll zoom in to 365, because that'll tell me if Photoshop has done a decent job of scaling the styles. And what I'm going to do is scroll down my list of layers here inside the layers panel, and I'm going to expand the layer effects for the 365 layer. By clicking that down pointing arrowhead, and I'll go ahead and double-click on Stroke because that'll tell me if the stroke got scaled. Previously it was two pixels, now it's ten pixels, so 2 times 5 is 10 that's perfect.
If I click on Pattern Overlay, however notice that the scale value's maxed out to 1000%. And what that tells me is I probably hit the ceiling there at some point, so what I'm going to do is cancel out. And I'll switch back to the image before it got upsampled. And you can see that the pattern overlay looks pretty darn different. And if I go ahead and twirl open those effects and double-click on the pattern overlay, I'll see that it was scaled to 400%. 400% times five would be 2000% and that's twice as far as Photoshop can go.
So as a result we have a half-size texture here inside the upsampled file. But there's nothing we can do about that unless we decide to re-render the pattern, and I'm not sure it's worth it because after all, it looks pretty done good. Here's our problem child right there. We'll go ahead and zoom in on it. Even though Photoshop did, in most cases, successfully scale the styles, it doesn't even attempt to scale those feather values, so her sparkle looks terrible. All right, so, let's fix it. I'll go ahead and click on a star layer in order to make it active. And I'll press control h or command h on a Mac to hide those edges.
And I'll go ahead and bring up the properties panel by double clicking on the layer mask for the logo group. Then I'll click on a star layer again. And I can see that the feather value's 2.5 pixels. If I whip out a calculator and do the math, 2.5 times 5 is 12.5. And now I'll go ahead and take care of that part of the sparkle, then click on circle to make it active. And we've got something of a bug going here. This is probably going to screw stuff up here. I'm going to switch back to my layer mask and then click on the circle again. And you can see that Photoshop has gone ahead and for real changed that feather value to 12.5.
It was actually eight, and that's why we're not seeing this remarkable difference inside the image window. But that is something to watch out for. Photoshop sometimes takes the last feather value and applies the next object you click on. But given that it was just a few movies ago, I remember it was eight pixels and of course I know 8 times 5 is 40. And that's going to go ahead and establish the relative effect we had before. And just to confirm here, let's go ahead and switch over to the original image, the one that's not up-sampled. And I'll zoom in on that sparkle.
So that's the original sparkle at 100% and here's the new sparkle more like at 25%, and you can see that we're achieving an equivalent effect. But the beauty of it here, is that this is a resolution independent sparkle. Not like the choppy one we saw in the PDF document in the previous movie, but rather super silky smooth. And then of course, it goes without saying that all of the text layers are in great shape as well. And you know what I'm going to do, I'm going to go ahead and bring up my navigator panel, by going to the window menu and choosing the navigator cmd.
And I'm going to expand the size of this panel a little bit, so that I can see more of the artwork. And I'm going to move that little red rectangle that indicates my view of the world over to the hair details. And you can see that now we've got this kind of gummy hair. So I don't really care for interpolation, but we've got this gummy hair now set against, however, this super smooth letter form. And same with the hairs at the top of her head. And the hair is over here on the left hand side and so forth. So everything now I believe is in as good a shape as possible.
Once you get to that point, you can go up to the layer menu and choose the flatten image cmd cause we don't really need this nearly 900 mega byte file. Go ahead and choose flatten image, and click OK to discard the hidden layers cause we don't need them. And then next switch over to the channel's panel, and i'm going to go ahead and hide the navigator panel for the moment. By double clicking on the navigator tab and then I'll grab this alpha channel which I don't need any more and I'll drag it and drop it into the trash can. Alright, now I'll switch back to the layers panel. Let's go ahead and zoom out possibly a little bit here.
So that we can see more of the artwork at a time. And then what you want to do is go up to the File menu and choose the Save cmd, bearing in mind that this document has not been saved yet. So you can press Ctrl+S or Cmd+S on a Mac, and what I recommend for a file like this, given that it's flat, it doesn't have any alpha channels, it doesn't have anything special going on. Is to save it with all of its detail intact as a TIFF image. So go ahead and choose the TIF format. And then click on save in order to safe that file. When you see the TIF options dialogue box, set image compression to LZW.
That lossless compression scheme that makes a big difference in the size of the file. And leave the other options alone. Then click OK in order to save off that poster art. And it will take a few moments to save. But in my case, it's already done, and we have a whopping big image, that contains 24 new pixels for every one of the previous pixel, and it is in super sharp, gorgeous shape. With the exception of course, of the interpolated pixel based photograph And that folks is the sheer amazing power of resolution independent text and shape layers here inside Photoshop.
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