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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Unfortunate sequence of effects.psd and the idea of course is that I have gone on a free form filter jam. And I have come up with a combination of Conte crayon, Cutout, and Add Noise and come to think of it, I don't like any of them. So what in the world do I do? If I just want to switch to a different set of filters, how do I make that happen? Well, normally you can't. For example, where Add Noise is concerned, I'll go ahead and double-click on it, and then I'll get the warning that says I'm only going to see the effects of Add Noise, not the filters above it, click OK, and I bring up the Add Noise dialog box. There is no mechanism here that's provided to me for switching out one filter for another.
So I'll cancel out of there, and if I right-click on Add Noise, there is no option for choose a different filter. The reason I'm not liking this effect is because it doesn't say Kill Jill to me. It doesn't say and over the top graphic violets fill. So I'm just going to turn out Noise off. These other two filters because of Gallery Effects filters, we can switch them out for different effects. For example, Conte crayon, let's go ahead and switch that guy up. I'll double-click on Conte crayon in order to bring up the Filter Gallery dialog box right here, and I'm going to stick with the Sketch Filters, but instead of Conte crayon, I'm going to try out Reticulation, which is a very significant infection filter.
It looks pretty darn good I think actually, but I'm going to take the Density up to 20. Then I'm going to tab to the Foreground Level value, and I'm going to press Shift+Up Arrow in order to raise that value to 50. And then I'm going to tab down to Background Level here. And I'm going to increase that value to 30 like so from the keyboard. All right, I'm going to click OK in order to accept that modification. And now we're blending the effect with the original subject to the Blending Options we applied before which were Normal and 40%, and that actually works out very, very nicely here. We could make changes if we want to, but why bother.
Now, I still have the clown striping from the Cutout filter, let's see if we can do better than that. I'll double-click on Cutout. I'll get this unreasonable alert message here telling me that I'm only going to see Cutout and Add Noise if it were turned on, but I won't see Reticulation above. All right, well, what can I do? I'll go ahead and move her over, so I can see her little better. Let's try out poster edges right here which is a relation to Cutout, but it's a little different. It adds these sort of photocopied edges to the image on top of the Cutout effect and I think actually we can do a little better here. I'll go ahead and accept an Edge Thickness value of 2 and an Edge Intensity of 1.
But if we take up the Posterization value up to something like 5, we are going to get rid of that posterization effect. We'll get rid of that striping. So that looks good, and I'll click OK in order to accept that modification, and it actually looks really great. I'll go ahead and double-click on the slider icon, click OK, and Linear Light 30%. Works out really nicely, I think this is quite a becoming effect. So I'll just cancel out. All right, there we have it. So if you aren't happy with your creative filters that you've applied to your Smart Object, you can change them out if the filters rely on Filter Gallery because the Filter Gallery allows you to swop between filters.
You can't change them out if they are non-Filter Gallery effects. Now, you can just keep them around and try out different non-Filter Gallery filters if you want to, but those are basically your options. I just want to give you a sense of what you can and can't do during your filtering jam odysseys. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how we can mix the Smart Filtering effects along with some other parametric effects including adjustment layers and layer effects.
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