Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced
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The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear


Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear

In this exercise, I'm going to show you the Brush Only modes, which are the blend modes that are only included along with the Brush tool and the Fill command as it just so happens. And we are going to be working inside of this composition. I have saved all my changes to Near-final composition.psd. But first what blend modes am I talking about? Well, I'm switching over to blend mode keys.psd. And I'm going to go down the list here, just toss this image upward so that we can see the Brush Only modes which are these guys right here. Airbrush it not technically a blend mode, it's just a setting for the Brush tool and I have it on the list because it happens to have a Shift+Alt or Shift+Option keyboard shortcut. Otherwise we would all wonder what happened to P because it would be only the missing letter.
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  1. 22m 25s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 9s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 5s
  2. 2h 44m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 35s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 18s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 35s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 19s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 57s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 24s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 3s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 20s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 34s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 44s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 6s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 52s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 43s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time

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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Using blend modes, adjustment layers, and layer styles
  • Organizing a layered composition so it is fluid and editable
  • Creating and editing type in Photoshop
  • Using blur effectively
  • Using adjustment layers to add color
  • Combining layers into a clipping mask
  • Working with Camera Raw
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Deke McClelland

The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear

In this exercise, I'm going to show you the Brush Only modes, which are the blend modes that are only included along with the Brush tool and the Fill command as it just so happens. And we are going to be working inside of this composition. I have saved all my changes to Near-final composition.psd. But first what blend modes am I talking about? Well, I'm switching over to blend mode keys.psd. And I'm going to go down the list here, just toss this image upward so that we can see the Brush Only modes which are these guys right here. Airbrush it not technically a blend mode, it's just a setting for the Brush tool and I have it on the list because it happens to have a Shift+Alt or Shift+Option keyboard shortcut. Otherwise we would all wonder what happened to P because it would be only the missing letter.

Anyway Behind and Clear are the modes that we are going to be taking a look at. No reason on earth to memorize their keyboard shortcuts. I don't know if you are ever going to use Clear in your entire life. It just duplicates the effect of deleting things. And then Behind, a very interesting mode, sometimes comes in handy. All right, I'm going to switch back to the Near-final composition.psd file. We are just going to be playing around in this composition, we are not going to make any lasting changes. But here is what I want you to do. I'm going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on the eyeball in front of Statue. And then I'm going to make sure it's active and I can only see the Statue layer, notice that.

And I'm going to press Shift+0 to restore the Fill value to 100%. At this point we still have Luminosity applied and yet we are seeing all of the colors inside of the Statue. The reason being that Photoshop has just restored normal for the time being because there is nothing to blend with, it doesn't have anything behind there. It could blend with the checkerboard pattern but that would be pretty misleading. So anyway, let's go ahead and grab the Brush tool right there and I'm going to switch to a pretty big brush like this one, like 175 looks nice to me. I want to make sure that the Hardness is 0% just so that I can show you a couple of things here. By default the mode is set to Normal and the Opacity is 100%, Flow is 100% as well. And the fact that the blend mode is set to Normal means that I can paint in any old place but I sure don't want to paint with that color.

Oops! Forgot to change the color here. Let's bring the Color palette and let's try out something more interesting than that particular shade of green, which would be let's say 255 Red and then zero for Green and Blue. So a bright red and then I'm going to paint all over Giuliano there and make a complete mess with things. And I'm just trying to demonstrate I can paint anywhere I want. I have no constraints whatsoever and I just sketch here typical everyday average brush stroke. The interesting thing is it gets the Outer Glow effect assigned to it, so if I turned on these layers below you could see a little bit of outer glow. Now it's not showing up with the same degree of enthusiasm, it is around the other edges because those are sharp edges and these are very soft drifty edges. And Outer Glow doesn't show up very well around drifty edges, but any who let's go ahead and undo that modification because it's ugly. And turn off Gradient and Background once again.

Now all my modifications are going to be ugly so I don't know what's so different about this one. If I press Shift+Plus, I'll advance to the Brush mode, Dissolve. So I'm changing the blend mode for the brush, not for the layer. The layer remains Luminosity, notice that and that's because the brush is active. Now if I paint, notice that I get this dither pattern, which is somewhat amusing, but if you zoom in on it, it becomes less amusing. You will see that it's either on or off. You are just creating a dither pattern. So when you are zoomed out, it looks better because it's getting anti-aliased and we are seeing a little bit of interaction between Opacity and Transparency, that doesn't actually exist.

All right, let's go ahead and undo that modification as well. Now I'm going to return to the Normal mode for just a second. Normal is the mode. See that up there in the Options bar? I press Shift +Minus to get to it. You can also use your other keyboard equivalents by the way, those still work like Shift+Alt+M for Multiply right there, Shift+ Option+M on the Mac. Shift+Alt+S or Shift+Option+S for Screen, Shift+Alt+ N or Shift+Option+N to return back to Normal. So those guys still work. They just get applied to the brush instead of the layer.

Now I want you to notice right here, let's say I want to brush strictly inside of the layer, then I would lock the Transparency, correct? Yes, that's correct. So I'll go ahead and do that, I could also get that function by pressing the Slash key on my keyboard if I wanted to. Now that the Transparency is locked I can paint a festive mask around Giuliano's face right there, so that's looking terrible. But it's still very, very festive. And it stays inside the line, so even though I did a rowdy job of painting inside of his face, I managed to stay exactly inside the line like my teacher told me to in elementary school.

Anyway I'm going to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification. The reason I'm showing it to you is because it's the exact opposite of our next mode. If I go up here to the Blend Mode menu, notice I can't even choose Behind or Clear when Transparency is locked because both of these options affect the transparency of the image. So I need to turn off the Transparency lock right now and then go back to Blend Mode. Behind is the exact opposite of locking the Transparency, it locks the Opacity.

So even though these options are presented in very different ways, they are exact opposites of each other. So choose Behind and then notice as you paint, you will paint only in the transparent areas. You paint only outside the lines. Oh my gosh! Would I have gotten in trouble in third grade or whatever. All right, so kind of cool though. I think that's really nifty. I could for example, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac so I can paint a pretty cloud behind Giuliano's face right there. That's very nice Giuliani. You have a nice red cloud. I would be very enormously scared and terrified right now if I were you. Oh my gosh! It's getting very dangerous I think. All right, so there is that, Ctrl +Z, Command+Z on the Mac. Obviously I'm not going to keep any of this garbage that I'm doing here.

And next in the list is Clear. What does Clear do? Nothing really all that wonderful, it just turns the brush into an eraser. So now you can erase Giuliano, if you want to scrub all evidence of him from this composition. But you could do that with the Eraser tool and of course anybody in their right mind would recommend that you do it using a layer mask. So that's not the best way to work but it is there just an option. Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. Now I want to show you the Fill Options, these exact same blend modes expressed using the Fill dialog box. So I'm going to switch to the Rectangular Marquee tool by pressing the M key. And I'm going to select a region that is both in and out of Giuliano's face like so. And I might move it up just a little bit so it's sort of bit of jaunty position there.

Now I'm going to go to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose the Fill command. And inside the Fill dialog box I want you to change the Use option right there to Foreground Color so that we are working with our beautiful shade of red. And I could say, hey, yeah let's preserve the Transparency, in which case if I did that and clicked OK, notice I would only fill inside of Giuliano's face. All right, so Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification. I'm now going to get to the Fill dialog box from the keyboard by pressing Shift+Backspace, the hidden keyboard shortcut, or Shift+Delete on the Mac. And there are some interesting blend modes that are available to us like I could just multiply red into his face and still preserve the Transparency. All the stuff is here so click OK and there you go. I just colorized his face, isn't that wonderful? Just like sort of scrubbed his face with red paint or something like that and kept all of the shadow detail. Awesome! Anyway let's get rid of it, Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. Shift+Backspace, Shift+Delete of course in order to bring up the Fill dialog box. I say of course like it makes some kind of inherent sense that would work, but it does.

And I just meant of course that Backspace translates to the Delete key on Mac. I'm going to now turn off Preserve Transparency because I cannot use Behind and Clear along with Preserve Transparency, though there actually. So I'll go ahead and choose Behind, but that will turn off Preserve Transparency because there is no way the two can coexist. If they met each other the world would blow up. So I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And now the color appears behind Giuliano's face. No big surprise there, Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, Shift+ Backspace or Shift+Delete on the Mac.

And let's now change things to Clear and all that's going to do my friends is create a hole. So there is Giuliano if he lost his face. So press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac and that's really it. I would recommend you press Shift+Backspace one more time and just reset this dialog box, that's Shift+Delete on the Mac of course. Note that all of the blend modes from the Layers palette are here, plus Behind and Clear, just as is the case for the Brush tool. But still by the by no add or subtract, they are strictly relegated to the Apply Image and Calculations dialog boxes inside of Photoshop.

All right, so I'm going to reset this to Normal, reset this guy to off, Preserve Transparency off, click OK. That way we just filled this big area with red, undo it. Make sure that you haven't made any pixel level modifications to this image. If you are going to continue work along with me because we are not really done with this composition, we are just touring the Brush-Only modes inside of this exercise. We weren't really applying anything, so go ahead and restore the goodness that is Giuliano by Michelangelo. And then you don't have to go back there and reset all of your options. All you have to do is go to Layer Comps palette right there and click in front of Almost done.

And just like that you restore everything. You restore all the parametric modifications. That's the important bit though. You don't restore pixels. So if you made a pixel level modification, those pixels would still be changed. If you had a bunch of brush strokes coming out of Giuliano's face they will remain sort of like eels coming out of his face or something, even though you switch back to Almost done. In the next exercise we are going to see how to blend a group and we are going to bring in that Michelangelo text right there and finish off this composition.

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