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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
In this exercise, we are going to see the real power of true clones. We are going to modify one of these text layers and all the other text will change in kind. It's a little tricky though because unless your text is exactly the same physical size after you get done modifying it or changing its formatting, you are going to need to change the size of the Smart Object as well to avoid cropping, and I'll show you how that works in just a moment. I've saved my progress as Watermark.psd found inside the 29_smart_objects folder. Now recall what we have here is this Watermark Smart Object that itself contains three groups, each of which contains their own Smart Object, so that we have smart objects nested inside groups which are nested inside of a Smart Object, which is an entirely acceptable, and by the way, recommended way of working inside Photoshop.
Permits us a lot of flexibility, as you're sure about to find out. But in order to edit any one of these text layers, we need to gain access to it by opening up the various smart objects. So we need to peel our way down to the middle of the onion. So go to this watermark layer and double-click on its thumbnail in order to bring up the Smart Object. Now you'll get this warning if you haven't turned it Off already, that's essentially just telling you that you need to make sure to save your changes so that they are ultimately reflected back here in a larger composition, don't use the Save As command or you are going to mess everything up.
We have seen this alert enough, so I am going to turn On the Don't show again check box and click OK, and that goes ahead and opens what's called left.psb for me. What Photoshop has done is immediately created a temporary file, in which to house the contents of my Smart Object. Now if I were to go to the File menu to try to figure out where it is, and choose the Save As command, now I am going to find out that I am working inside the deep recesses of my C drive here on the PC, inside of this Temp folder. You do not want to click Save at this point, because you'll break the link between a Smart Object that you're working on in larger compositions.
So just cancel out of here. What I am really saying is you should be aware of this is happening of course, but you don't want to meddle with it because this is Photoshop's way of tracking the relationships. I am going to go ahead and zoom in to 44% on my screen, I am not suggesting you do that, I am just doing that so that I can keep track of my Smart Object here. At the same size it appears inside of Watermark.psd. Now you may say, well gosh, actually the two files are of different size. We are seeing this one here at 44% as well and it's tied to the top and bottom of the screen but as soon as we switch back over to left.psb, we are not tied to the top and bottom of the screen.
Notice also by the way that the text is tied to the corners, whereas in the larger composition, it's not tied to the corners, and that's because the Smart Object is automatically sized so it exactly holds the content of that Smart Object, it's not as big as the overall composition, and this will become important in just a moment. All right, now let's edit one of our text layers here and it doesn't matter which one you edit. So I could twirl-open middle, which is the last group of objects I created, and I could double-click on the thumbnails associated with either one of these guys in order to open up that text.
You notice this time I do not get the warning because I turned it Off. All right, so now let's set about editing the text. So this is the one text layer incidentally to which all the other smart objects are linked, no matter which one you double-click on, that's what you are going to get. I am going to grab my Type tool here, and I'm going to go ahead and click inside the text and press Ctrl+A, Command+A on the Mac to select all of it. And this core image that I am working with here, didn't really come from Bob's image shack, it came from Fotolia, the Fotolia Image Library, and so I will go ahead and enter Fotolia.com/deke there, and just to make sure, it's a different size so I can show you how that works, because right now it fits exactly into our space.
I'll press Ctrl+A once again, Command+A on the Mac to select all that text, and we'll change its formatting. Currently, I have got the All Caps option turned On. So if I were to bring up my Character panel right there, which I can also get by choosing Character from the Window menu, then notice, this guy right there, All Caps is On, I could turn it Off if I want the lowercase characters, and I am going to switch my font from Bold Condensed here, the Bold Condensed version of Myriad Pro, to just straight ahead bold. And that's going to make my text too thick, as you can see there. So I will go ahead and hide my Character panel.
Let's say I press the Enter key on the numerical keypad to accept my modifications, and then I close this image and then Photoshop says, hey, do you want to go ahead and save these changes back to Bob's image shack.psd and recall that we are not really saving to the hard drive, like we normally do with the Save command or instead just updating the larger composition. And actually we are not even doing that. We are updating the composition in between, as you'll see in a moment. I'll click Yes, or on the Mac I would click the Save button, and here is the problem, we get a bunch of cropped versions of our text, so it says otolia.com/dek, which is not what we want at all.
Also by the way, if I switch back to the larger composition Watermark.psd, notice we have not updated the changes inside of this document. You have got to update each step along the way. So if you open the Smart Object that's nested inside of another one, you've got to save your way back out as well in order to update the larger composition. All right, anyway I'll go back to where we were. This is no good. So let's go ahead and double- click on this thumbnail again, or this thumbnail, it doesn't matter. Double-click on this guy this time around and we need to un-crop this text by going up to the Image menu and choosing Reveal All, and now I'll go ahead and expand the canvas, so the text is no longer cropped.
I'll close my image, yes, I want to save my changes, click on the Save button on the Mac, and then my text looks great, except that it's too big over here on the left-hand side and the right-hand side of my image. So I'll twirl-close middle, click on the left group in order to make it active, and I am going to press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac to enter the Free Transform mode once again. This time I do want to turn on Delta, this little triangle here. So probably for you, it's going to be Off, go ahead and turn it On. And that way I can grab this X value right there if I want to, and I could press Shift+Up Arrow a few times in a row, three times, looks like it does the trick.
So I'll take the x value up to +30 pixels, now I will press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac a couple of times in order to accept that change. Next I'll click on right, so I did +30 before and now I am going to do -30. Press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac, make sure that Delta is turned On, which gives us the difference once again, so that we are finding the difference between our current position and our new position, and I will change the x value to -30, so it's relative modification, and then I'll press the Enter key a couple of times or the Return key a couple of times in the Mac. And it looks like I might have a little cropping left around the edge of the es in Deke, and so I am going to go up to the Image menu.
Just to make sure I don't crop anything, and I'll choose the Reveal All command, and that's going to incrementally, just ever so slightly increase the size of that Smart Object. Now I will close it, click on the Yes button or the Save button on the Mac and that goes ahead and updates my text here inside of the larger window. And notice by the way, in so far as this composition is concerned, this entire exercise has been one operation. So if I go up to the Edit menu and choose Undo Update Smart Objects, or press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, I get back to Bob's image shack, and then if I want to reapply my changes, I just press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z again.
Now Fotolia.com/deke is looking a little low by virtue of the fact that I am no longer working with All Caps, I am working with upper and lowercase characters, because all of the text objects are spaced away from each other by the same amount. So I'll just press Ctrl+Semicolon or Command+Semicolon on the Mac in order to hide those guidelines. So once again the real power of true clones is that you can update multiple layers inside of your composition in one convenient operation.
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