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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.
Okay kids, I've been goofing off here and I created this file called Bond frog.psd as if he looks kind of like James Bond. And what I did was, I went ahead and applied some TubeView settings right here. You can check out what those settings are by double-clicking on the word TubeView and you'll get this darn warning there. Then you'll see that I went ahead and changed the color to a reddish color and move the Center point and added some Transparency, this time around and adjusted the Radius to fairly high value. The Turbulence is -2, what have you.
Click OK to update everything fine. Now, I was troubled by the fact that things really do go transparent. We're not seeing through the filtered effect to the original image, which I would prefer. So I figured out though. If I double- click on the slider icon right there, in which case I get slapped again. Don't show again. Click OK. I entered the Blending Options dialog box right here. I can try one of these several settings like Luminosity. But then if I do that, that actually looks really wicked cool, but we'll keep the Luminance information till we get a certain point, till we start to drop things after Transparency, and then we're left with only color for the frog and no Luminance info whatsoever.
For some reason if I choose Dissolve, I get this wonderful blend of both the original image and my modified filtered effect, which is great. Go ahead and click OK. I'm not saying any pixelation whatsoever. None of that sort of random dither pattern. Anyway, then you can go ahead and add CircleSplash on top. I actually put TubeView below and you just get this outrageous effect here. Let's turn those off and continue along our merry way. I'm going to press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac and let's take a look at my two favorites. I would say actually my third-to-favorite is SpinRadialBlur. I think it's pretty great.
RippleBlocks allows you to create wave patterns. They don't look like wave patterns initially. They look like yet another strange little blocky effect here. But if you go ahead and adjust the Amplitude values independently of each other, like you set 0 to 0, like so on, or you go ahead and raise 0, which is going to give you an up and down wave right here. And you change 1 to 0, which is little confusing that we're changing 0 to 44 and then 1 to 0. But we're changing the up and down value to 44 and the back and forth value to 0, in this case.
Then we can adjust the phase, which is essentially going to be the location of the filtered effect. 1 is not going to matter anymore, because they have 1 for Amplitude set to 0. So I've just turned off that effect, essentially. Then you can also increase the Wavelength in order to create an actual wave effect, like we're seeing right here, which you might find to be useful for waving patterns inside of Photoshop. I'll tell you what, there's this Filter inside Photoshop called Wave and it's really exceedingly powerful. It's under the Distort submenu under the Filter menu.
But to figure it out is very complicated and you can't actually see what the effect looks like, to the same extent you can hear inside Pixel Bender. So just so you know, this filter doesn't really give you the most control I've ever seen in my life, but it can be useful for simple wave patterns on occasion. Click OK to accept our completely hideously distorted frog. Now you might say hey! This looks very different from the preview we saw just a moment ago. Well, remember that I have a Filter Mask at work that's protecting the frog's face. So if you want to see everything, you would Shift-click on that Filter Mask in order to turn it off. Then we have our beautiful stretchy-headed filtered frog, awesome! The next thing that I'm about to show you, Kaleidoscope is unbelievable, especially if you have a mind to create patterns inside of Photoshop. This is the first good pattern-making utility I have ever seen included along with Photoshop.
Now there's been some great filters over the years created by third party vendors, but this is the best one Adobe has ever built in the Photoshop. Check it out in the next exercise.
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