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Styling placed artwork in Photoshop

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In this exercise, we're going to do some additional styling where this logo is concerned, but we're going to perform said styling inside of Photoshop as opposed to Illustrator. So, some things Illustrator does better. Some things Photoshop does better. I've gone ahead and saved my changes. You saw me do it in the previous exercise, to Updated artwork.psd, found inside the 02_ACR_and_Illustrator folder. We want this logo, as you may recall, we want it to look like this, all golden, and it should have some Drop Shadows going on as well, so that we have a little bit of depth going on.

Styling placed artwork in Photoshop

In this exercise, we're going to do some additional styling where this logo is concerned, but we're going to perform said styling inside of Photoshop as opposed to Illustrator. So, some things Illustrator does better. Some things Photoshop does better. I've gone ahead and saved my changes. You saw me do it in the previous exercise, to Updated artwork.psd, found inside the 02_ACR_and_Illustrator folder. We want this logo, as you may recall, we want it to look like this, all golden, and it should have some Drop Shadows going on as well, so that we have a little bit of depth going on.

We've already created some depth inside of the Illustrator file, using those Offset and Transform fills, as you may recall. So a little bit of drop shadow, I think, will also look great where this illustration is concerned. Drop shadows, even though you can apply them inside of Illustrator, are typically better applied inside of Photoshop, because Photoshop is designed to work with pixels. It gives you nice soft drop-offs, whereas inside of Illustrator you're going to get some herky-jerky low-res stuff going on.

It gets rasterized, that is, the drop shadow gets converted to pixels, but not always at a very high resolution, not by default, anyway. Then this colorization is also better off applied inside of Photoshop just because it's easier. So here it goes. I'm going to switch back to our illustration in progress here. The Product logo layer is selected. That's very important. I'll go down to the fx icon at the bottom of layers palette. We're inside Photoshop, by the way, this is very important, and then choose Drop Shadow. Here are the settings that I'm going to apply.

I'm going to start by changing the color of the drop shadow. So I'll click in this color swatch right there. I'm going to change the color to 220, and then 75 and 15, where the H, S, and B values are concerned. So a hue of 220 is a blue, and then saturation of 75. That's quite a bit of saturation actually. The brightness value of 15 ends up rendering a very dark, intensely saturated blue. All right, so I'll click OK in order to accept that. I'm going to take the Opacity value down to 50%, and then an Angle value of 90 degrees works out beautifully.

That's going to be the default inside of this document, because of the way the global light is set up. I'll Tab my way down to Distance here and change the Distance value to 3. I'll change the Size value to 6, so we get this effect. You should be able to see it in the background. I want to thicken the shadow up though, because it needs to compensate for the stroke. So I'm going to take that Spread value up to 40%, like so. Now we get a nice, hefty, however, low opacity drop shadow. Click OK to accept that modification, and there's our drop shadow, as I say, applied so much better inside of Photoshop.

Now again, you can increase the resolution of a drop shadow inside of Illustrator. You can bring it up to 300 pixels per inch or whatever. It starts off as 72 pixels per inch, by default. The only problem is that it really slows down Illustrator. Illustrator is not good at working with pixels. It's great at working with vectors, not so good at pixels. Whereas Photoshop, no problem. You can always match the resolution of a given composition right there on the fly. It's 300 pixels per inch inside of this composition, by default, because that is the resolution of the overall file.

So everything is copacetic, easy drop shadow. In the next exercise, we're going to apply the golden coloring using a combination of a layer effect and an adjustment layer. Stay tuned!

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Photoshop Smart Objects

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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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