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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.
In this movie I will show you how to apply a layer Effect and a Blend Setting to multiple layers at a time using a Smart Object. Now this isn't your only option. As demonstrated inside this version of the composition, you can go ahead and select all your groups and then put them inside of another group, as I have in this case here, and then apply a layer Effect to the group here inside of Photoshop CS6. And I demonstrated how that worked back in Chapter 16 of my Intermediate course. The problem is if you want to go ahead and drop out the letters and make them transparent, as I have in this case, you might figure that you can set the Fill value to 0% but CS6 has a bug in it currently that prevents that from saving.
So you have to come up with a different approach, in my case I dropped out all that black text by setting the blend mode for the entire group to screen. Well, what if you want things to just work the way they are supposed to. In other words, you want to just set the Fill value to 0% or some other reduced value? In that case you are better off using a Smart Object and I am going to show you how that works. So here I am with all my black letters, I am going to press Ctrl+;(Semicolon) or Cmd+;(Semicolon) on the Mac to hide those guidelines. And then I will click on the right group and Shift+Click on left group to select all three groups and I will go up to Layers panel flyout menu and I will choose Convert to Smart Object.
Or you can press Ctrl+,(Comma) or Cmd+,(Comma) on the Mac. So the idea is anything can become a Smart Object inside Photoshop, even entire groups of layers, and notice after I choose the command, we are left with one Smart Object called left. I am going to rename it all type, and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. Now I'll reduce the Fill Opacity to 0% by pressing Shift+0+0 and that way all the letters will drop out and we will just see the layer effect as we work on it. And I will apply the layer Effect by dropping down to the fx icon at the bottom of the panel and choosing Bevel & Emboss, and the default values actually work out pretty darn well.
So I have got a Style of Inner Bevel, a Technique of Smooth, the Depth value is set to 100%, the Direction is Up, the Size and Soften are 5 and 0 respectively. Angle and Altitude are set to the Global Light positions of a 135 and 30 degrees. So actually the only change I am going to make here is to take the Highlight Modes Opacity value up to 100% and then I will click OK in order to apply that effect and we end up getting the exact same effect that I showed you at the onset of the movie. Problem is some of the watermarks appear against the white background.
So we can't see the highlights of the bevel emboss effect at all, we are just left with the shadows, which means that it might be nice to have a little bit of Fill Opacity. So I will press Shift+2 in order to take the Fill value up to 20% and that's something you would not be able to do with the standard layer group. You can only achieve this kind of effect when applied to multiple layers; that is to say, using a Smart Object.
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