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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
The topic of the chapter is Smart Objects. To truly understand how they work. You need to know two things about them; they aren't smart and they're not objects. But you know otherwise they make perfect sense. What they're indestructible envelopes. You put one or more layers into a Smart Object the envelope. And from that point on those layers are impervious to damage. Seriously, unless you break the seal on the envelope and edit the layers directly, you can not hurt them, which mean that you can scale and rotate them as much as you want.
You can pummel them with effects and the Filter menu in the pixels go unharmed. And just for fun you can clone them. Make as many copies as you like, all linked to a single original. In this chapter I'll demonstrate Smart Objects in the context of a vector graphic created in Adobe Illustrator. We'll place a graphic into a photograph which automatically makes a Smart Object. They will turn it into a photo realistic tattoo by warping around this dude's great swollen bicep, applying some blending options and Blur in it with a Smart Filter to disperse the ink.
Finally, we'll launch Illustrator from inside Photoshop, modify the graphic and save the changes back into Photoshop. In the final movie I'll show you a special trick available only in Photoshop Extended. That lets you remove all people from a photograph. And it works great, too. Of course they're not gone forever are just hidden. Because nothing at the Hulk could not Voldemort not even Donkey Kong can hurt a Smart Object.
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