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The versatility of Smart Filters


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Photoshop Smart Objects

with Deke McClelland

Video: The versatility of Smart Filters

I have saved my progress so far as Thicker lines.psd, so called because I've thickened up the lines using an application of that Photocopy filter inside of the Filter Gallery combo, which now includes three filters, and you'll find this file inside the 06_filter_masks folder. In this, the final exercise of the series, I'm going to go ahead and tweak my settings to achieve a final effect, just a beautiful effect I think. And it requires next to no work. Thanks to the fact that we've established this entire composition as a flexible Smart Object composition with Smart Filters, everything is non-destructive.
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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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8h 5m Intermediate Nov 06, 2009

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Photoshop Smart Objects explores the creation and use of Smart Objects, one of the most technically demanding tools in Photoshop. Deke McClelland walks through the four primary purposes of Smart Objects, and focuses on one of their most practical advantages, non-destructive transformations. This feature allows any object to be manipulated in any way, while still maintaining its original pixel information. Finally, Deke shows how to crop compositions without affecting a single pixel, even in masks. Exercise files accompany this course.

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

Topics include:
  • Preparing a composition for masking
  • Manually adjusting problematic edges in a composition
  • Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
  • Roughing in a polygonal mask
  • Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
  • Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

The versatility of Smart Filters

I have saved my progress so far as Thicker lines.psd, so called because I've thickened up the lines using an application of that Photocopy filter inside of the Filter Gallery combo, which now includes three filters, and you'll find this file inside the 06_filter_masks folder. In this, the final exercise of the series, I'm going to go ahead and tweak my settings to achieve a final effect, just a beautiful effect I think. And it requires next to no work. Thanks to the fact that we've established this entire composition as a flexible Smart Object composition with Smart Filters, everything is non-destructive.

We can make modifications in record time. For example, let's say I want this image to look it on screen, not in print, but on screen so I don't want those thick edges. I would just go to Filter Gallery here, double -click on it, and I would turn off Photocopy. And I already know what that looks like. But I could go ahead and preview the effect if I like by scrolling this guy over. So this is with Photocopy, this is without. And by the way, both Photocopy and Graphic Pen are sketch filters so they're both going to be associated with whatever were the original foreground and background colors when I created this application of the Filter Gallery in the first place.

So you can't mix a red and white with a black and white inside of a single combo. They're all going to be, in my case, black and whites because that's how I started things off. Anyway with Photocopy off, I am not going to throw it away. I am just going to leave it there, click OK, I can always come back to it. It's not taking up any room, so I don't have to worry about that. Then I want to reinstate my layer mask. If I zoom out here, you can see that everything is getting hit with both Filter Gallery and Mezzotint and Variations including, by the way, his collar, which I don't like.

I liked it better when the collar was free of all this stuff. So I will Shift+click on the filter mask in order to reinstate it. So now it is applied across the board, which I think is better looking, and also we have better shadow detail going on, instead of being quite so dark. If I Shift+Click on that filter mask you can see it's getting darkened up, fairly dramatically right there, which you might like or you might not like, up to you. Anyway, I am going to turn that filter mask back on and then finally, I am going to go ahead and zoom in, so that we can see this image at 100% zoom ratio.

Pixel for pixel accurate, one screen pixel for every image pixel and then, I am going to turn back on clone so that we have that embossed texture reinstated there and this is my final effect. That's it, folks. I am going to press Shift+F to switch to the big full screen mode so that we can take in the entire thing. Now, some folks might look at this and think well, that's overwrought. But I don't, not in this case. Oftentimes, you can create overwrought effects inside Photoshop, don't get me wrong. But I like what we've come up with here, and it really is a testament to the creative power of Smart Filters and Smart Objects working together with filter masks, non-filters and the Filter Gallery, here inside Photoshop CS4.

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