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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.
All right, now that we've assembled this amazingly powerful layered composition that is going to send sales of this perspective album here through the roof. These guys are going to sell more than Coldplay and Lil Wayne put together. I want to show you how awesome it is that we can still access that original Camera Raw data. So I've gone ahead save my progress as Legendary Clam.psd. After all, that is the name of this album. And we've got two Camera Raw Smart Objects, both on their sides over here inside the Layers palette. We got canyon right, we have got canyon left. They are both linked to the exact same Camera Raw object.
The reason being that we just went ahead and cloned one to create the other. So if we edit either of them, we'll edit both of them together. Go ahead and double-click on the image thumbnail for either canyon right or canyon left, up to you, it doesn't matter which one, and you will open this 11mile Canyon image. It's still thinks it's 11mile Canyon.dng here inside of Camera Raw and now I'm going to make some modifications, not here, not inside the basic panel because there is nothing basic about what I want to do here. I am going to go over to HSL/Grayscale and we have got two areas of interest in terms of colors where this image is concerned, at least insofar as I'm concerned where this image is concerned and those are the Oranges and the Blues.
So I'm going to start with the Blues right here. Here inside the Hue panel I'm going to take the Blues value to -100 and you might say Deke, that's hideous. No, no, no it's going to be great. It's going to look really wonderful, wicked cool in fact inside of the final composition. Now I'm not going for realism here, I'm going for effect, bear that in mind and then I'll go ahead and try out a value of +70 and you might ask, well, where did I get the notion that I wanted to change things up like this? I just did. It's just one of those things where you decide, you get in your head, this is the way you want things to go and then it happens. So anyway I wanted to make the rocks yellower like so and thus they are by changing the Oranges value to +70.
Let's go over to Saturation and I'm going to boost now the Oranges value and bear in mind once it's orange it's always orange. So just because it looks yellow now, it still based on the orange values inside of the original Camera Raw image. All right, so I'm going to take the Oranges value up to +100 and that makes those Yellows that much more saturated, because we are working inside the Saturation panel and then I'm going to take the Blues down, which of course is going to affect those Cyans over there. And I'll take this value down to, let's say -50 like so and then let's go over to Luminance, why don't we, and I'm going to elevate the Oranges just a little bit. I want those yellow rocks to be brighter so I'll take them up to +25 and then I'm going to take the Blues all the way down baby to -100. Nice! Now again, I wouldn't correct a photographic image this way if the only thing I was doing with it is just trying to correct it. This would not be a credible color adjustment, but for effect, it's going to look great and actually I would kind of argue, it looks great anyway.
All right, now I'm going to click OK and watch what happens inside of our layered composition. We get this effect here. My goodness, and doesn't that look just exactly right? This is before. Just too staid in my opinion. This is after. Nice! Very, very nice. All right, I'm going to zoom this guy up to 40% like so and then let's go ahead and fill the screen with the image. I'll just press Shift+F to go backwards this time and I'll go ahead and scroll it down so that we can see the name of the band and the name of the album all at once and this is the final version of the composition, my friends. Thanks to the power of Photoshop of course and Camera Raw Smart Object working together.
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