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Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping

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I've saved the most recent version of this composition as The flattened panorama.psd, found inside the 32_photomerge folder. Now that I have my panorama flattened and converted to a Smart Object, I'll make sure it's selected. Then I'll go up to the Image menu, choose Adjustments and choose Shadows/Highlights. Or if you added that keyboard shortcut, you can press Ctrl+Alt+S, Command+Option+S on the Mac and some more settings. Basically, these again are settings that I came up with through trial and error. So this is all a matter of personal aesthetics.

Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping

I've saved the most recent version of this composition as The flattened panorama.psd, found inside the 32_photomerge folder. Now that I have my panorama flattened and converted to a Smart Object, I'll make sure it's selected. Then I'll go up to the Image menu, choose Adjustments and choose Shadows/Highlights. Or if you added that keyboard shortcut, you can press Ctrl+Alt+S, Command+Option+S on the Mac and some more settings. Basically, these again are settings that I came up with through trial and error. So this is all a matter of personal aesthetics.

I'm taking the Amount value to 10%, tabbing past the Tonal Width value, which I left set to 50, and I'm going to raise the Radius value to 100 pixels, so as to displace the halos as much as possible. Then I'm going to take the Highlights value up to 5%, so just a modest change there. Tab past Tonal Width, 50% is fine, and raise that value to 200 pixels. So you can see that our halos are just absolutely disappearing out here in the background, and then I'll leave Color Correction set to 0. That's my chosen default settings, by the way.

If you're still working with Photoshop's defaults, then you want to lower that value from 20 to 0. And then I'll tab to Midtone Contrast, and change it to 0 as well. So those are my values. Click OK in order to accept them. You know I hate those filter masks if they're not in use, so I'll right-click on the filter mask, and I'll choose Delete Filter Mask to get rid of it. Then I'll double-click on the little slider icon right there, in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box. And I'm going to change the mode from Normal to Luminosity. That's probably not going to make much in the way of difference, but still, it's a good idea when you're using an edge-detection filter, such as Shadows/Highlights.

Next, I'm going to apply some sharpening, and in order to see this effect at all, we're going to have to zoom in to at least 50%. This won't affect me of course. Neither of these commands is affecting me because I'm on an independent layer. I'm not part of this panorama mix, which is a good thing because sharpening me when I'm in such cruddy shape is a poor idea. And we really don't need to draw that much attention to whoever this little guy is. Anyway, I'll go up to the Filter menu, choose Sharpen and then choose Smart Sharpen, or if you loaded dekeKeys, you've got Shift+F6.

The values that I'm going to enter are these right here: an Amount value of 300%, and a Radius value of 2. I've decided to select Advanced Settings so that I overwrite those settings. If you're trying to pay any attention to Settings at all, you need to select something to avoid overwriting something else. Anyway, these are the Settings I'm going with. Also, Remove set to Lens Blur, More Accurate turned off. Click OK in order to apply that effect. And just to give you a sense of what the Smart Filters are doing, I'll turn them off.

So this is the before version of the image, before I applied either Shadows/Highlights, or Smart Sharpen, and then I'll press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to reapply them. And you can see that we have much sharper detail inside of the image. The problem is potentially we're drawing out some more of these blues down here at the bottom of the stage, which look kind of funky, actually. They are there, and so there's nothing we're going to do about them. They're going to persist unless we paint over them in a different color, and we'd have to do that, incidentally either inside the Smart Object, we'd have to open it on up, or create an independent layer that had these blues painted away and then set it to the Color mode, something along those lines.

But in the meantime, to just mitigate things, because I'm not going to go to all that trouble, to mitigate any color fluctuations, let's double-click on the little Settings icon next to Smart Sharpen in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box, and then I want you to change the mode from Normal to Luminosity. That's going to do us, actually. So go ahead and click OK in order to accept that effect. Now, go ahead and zoom out. What I'd like you to do is draw a big rectangular selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool.

Now, you could use the Crop tool and if you like cropping with the Crop tool, if you prefer to work that way, by all means do. I actually like working with the Rectangular Marquee tool because you can undo and change your mind, and all this other stuff that you can't do with the Crop tool. Anyway, I'm going to Alt+Drag or Option+ Drag from the center outward, like so, so that I'm keeping the theater stage exactly centered inside of my composition, which is what I want, because after all, unless we're going to dramatically offset in one direction or the other, it ought to be smack dab in the center.

Otherwise, it's going to look just peculiar and accidental. All right, then I'm going to press the up arrow key until I raise the top of my marquee to one of these corners here, the upper-right corner in fact. So when I see the marquee touching, and I'm quite zoomed out by the way. So a simple press of the Up or Down arrow key is actually moving this selection in 1 screen pixel increments, which at 12.5%, means 8 pixels inside the image, 8 real pixels. Anyway, this looks good. Then I will come down to this bottom- left corner, press the Alt key or the Option key, this time to subtract from my selection, and I'll drag across the image like so, in order to get rid of this bottom area.

So this will be my crop boundary. I'm still inside the shot, so I've got plenty of room below my feet. So I'm not going to get my feet cropped away, or something weird like that. Now, I'll go up to the Image menu, and I'll choose the Crop command, or if you loaded dekeKeys, you've got that big keyboard shortcut, mash your fist C, that is, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C on the PC or Command+Shift+Option+C on the Mac. Now normally, the Crop command gets rid of pixels, which is too bad. I don't know why it works that way, but it does. However, when you're working with a Smart Object, you can't get rid of pixels, no matter how hard you try, unless you actually open up the Smart Object and manipulate the pixels directly.

Otherwise, they're protected, even from the notoriously destructive Crop command. So I want you to go ahead and choose the command, knowing full well that you are not harming the image one little bit. Now, this has to happen. Photoshop has to re-render those Smart Filters. So go ahead and let that Progress Bar pass you by, and then we're done. Press Ctrl+D, Command+D on the Mac in order to deselect the image, and I'll press Shift+F in order to switch to the full screen mode and zoom in on the image, like so. This is the final version of the stitch panorama with all seams, looking absolutely great.

We cropped away the only seams that had any issues whatsoever, perfectly executed by a combination of Auto-Align and Auto-Blend technology, as well as a few old-school manual modifications here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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