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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I've saved my progresses, Two gradients. psd found inside the 10_layers folder. And here I'm looking at the image, trying to figure it out, trying to decide what I like, what I don't like, and meanwhile, I have this in my head. And what I want is brighter glasses, and I want thicker Martini hour. Notice how thin the letters are right now with Martini hour, these fragile Zapf Chancery letters. We'll take care of those in the next exercise, but first things first; we need to brighten up those glasses, we're starting to lose them. So, what I think I need is yet another adjustment layer, because after all I want to affect multiple layers at a time.
And so, I would return to my composition at hand Two gradients.psd here. And I'm going to press the F7 key to see which layer is selected, and it's a stroke layer, fine. So, let's go ahead and add an adjustment layer. I'll press Shift+Tab to bring up the right side panels. And just because we're in habit of doing so and it works just fine, I'm going to Alt+Click or Option+Click in the Brightness/Contrast icon to bring up the New Layer dialog box, and I'm going to call this one enhance, something that lets me know what its purpose is, not the most descriptive name, but it will work for me.
And oh, look what happened? I still have a selection going around the stroke, and so I accidentally added a layer mask. The selection got converted to a layer mask automatically meaning if I try to change the brightness. Notice, I'll take that Brightness value up to 150, all I did was brighten the line, because everything else is masked away. Anyway, I'm going to right-click on that Layer mask thumbnail and I'm going to choose Delete Layer Mask to get rid of it. Now, that's going to overly brighten things at this point. I'm going to take this guy down to 50, and that's it.
Brightness value of 50, Contrast 0, we're done. Use Legacy off, by the way, and then I'm going to Shift+Tab away my panels once again, and so I still have in my mind's eye how I want things to work, right? And this is it; this is what I want out of it. And I look at this and I think, well, the glasses are nice and bright now, but that lens flare has come back and it's way too bright. I want it tempered like so, and I don't want to have to go back-and-forth with this darn lens flare and give it another helping of adjustment layers or go back and edit the adjustment layer I applied to it or what do I do? Well, what you do at this point is you try to figure out where your adjustment layer should be in the stack.
So, I'm going to switch back to the layered hand, and I'm going to press the F7 key in order to bring up my Layers panel, move it over to the right-hand side. Right now let's go ahead and extend the panel a little bit, so we can see along our list of layers. An adjustment layer like this, one that isn't clipped to any other layer is going to necessarily affect all layers below it. So, currently we've got the stroke being affected, the dark gradient, we're lightening it up. We're lightening up the splash along with the result of its adjustment layers.
We're lightening up the stars along with the result of its adjustment layer. And we're lightening up the inversion, everything is getting lighter. What we really want is just to lighten up the glasses. So let's go ahead and drag enhance down until it's resting just above the glasses. Now that has exactly the opposite effect of what I want. Notice now if I turn off enhance, it's actually darkening the glasses. Why do you suppose that is, well, because we have invert on top of it. So, if I turn off invert for a moment, it is truly brightening the glasses as you can see, but because we have turned around to take that brightness and invert it, it becomes greater darkness.
So, what we need to do is turn invert back on and put invert below enhance, so that were enhancing the product of invert glass 1, glass 2 and glass 3 merged together along with that background of course. And that gives us the desired effect. So this is what the image look like without enhance, this is what it looks like with enhance, and it just gives us a little bit of additional brightness where only those martini glasses are concerned and nothing more. In the next exercise we're going to bolster the Martini hour logo, and we're going to add a little bit of Drop Shadow using Layer Effects.
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