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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.
So imagine you've created some wicked cool styles right here. You want to protect them for one thing so that you don't end up losing them when you crash, for example, out of Photoshop. Or if you are launching Photoshop and you decide to reinstate the Presets, you decide to dump your old Presets and start up fresh, because Photoshop is misbehaving itself; right when you are launching Photoshop you press Ctrl+Shift+Alt on the keyboard or Command+Shift+Option on the keyboard. You press and hold those keys and you wait for this little dialog box to come up that ask you if you want to throw away your preferences. And then you say, Yes, and Photoshop will start a new and hopefully whatever weird problems you are having will evaporate. But so will all of your preferences, so will your little wonderful styles that you have created, they will go away. So what do you do? Well, there is a way to protect any presets inside of Photoshop. So if you create some custom gradients, if you create some custom contour, if you create some custom whatever tool presets, you can save them out and here is what you do. You go up to the Edit menu and you choose Preset Manager right there and that's going to take you to the big old Preset Manager.
Here are your Brushes, so if you make custom brushes, you can save them out. You've got your Swatches, Gradients, Styles; these are Styles that we are working with right now. You've got your Patterns, Contours, Customs, Shapes and Tools, and those are the tool presets, which would include formatting attributes assigned to the Type tool. So you can save those and you can swap them with your friends. So I'm not going to show you how you do everyone of them, because they are all the same. We are just going to do Styles. So let's go to Styles and then what you do is you select the styles that you want to save. Don't save all of these, because most of these are just default styles that are Photoshop's default preferences. So they will always come back.
You are concerned about your specialty ones. So Click on the first one, Shift+Click on the second one. I believe that works, Clicking and Shift+Clicking. Yeah, that selects the range. So if you want neighboring styles that are adjacent to each other, right, you would Click and Shift+Click in order a range of styles there. Now that you've got all the styles that you want to save selected, then you Click Save Set and you go ahead and save them wherever it is you want to save them and then you give them a good name like Favorite Styles or something like that. I don't what. And then you give them to your buddy and he/she can load them up and see what a genius you are in the style department.
All right, I have already done this by the way. I have saved them out for you, just in case. So I'm going to cancel here and I want to show you that, this is also a place where you can load styles, so you would load. You can load them either here or from the Styles palette. You can save out Presets from the Styles palette as well, but if you do that you will save all of your Styles, instead of just the two you want to select. All right, so I'd go ahead and Click on Two awesome styles.asl here, which means it's a style's file and then Click Load. And notice I just loaded those two; I didn't load all of them. I just loaded those two. All right, you don't have a Cancel button. You've got a Done button. If you don't want duplicate style, you are going to have to Option+ Click or Alt+Click on these two styles to delete them and then Click Done.
But that's what you do and now you are safe. And so it's a really good idea. If you are getting the habit of making these kinds of things, it's a really good thing to do. In the next exercise, we are going to begin to talk about how to fix problem effects, by which I mean, you apply an effect, you think it's going to work a certain way and it works a different way than you thought, what do you do? I'll show you, stay tuned.
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