Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

Updating true clones in one operation


Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Updating true clones in one operation

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.
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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 27s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using masks and blend modes in radically new ways
  • Mastering the Pen tool and Paths panel
  • Transforming and maximizing Smart Objects
  • Employing Smart Filters to create complex effects
  • Exploring the capabilities of Bristle brushes and the Mixer Brush
  • Merging multiple images into seamless panoramas
  • Exploring the full range of luminance with HDR Pro
  • Recording actions and batching-processing images
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Updating true clones in one operation

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 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, 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 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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Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets/Keyboard Shortcuts

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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