Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing Photoshop Mix 2.0, part of Photoshop: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates.
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- All right, as you can see, in this movie, we're working on an iPad, and that's because I'm going to take you on a tour of a newly updated Adobe app. And while it's not, strictly speaking, part of Photoshop CC, it bears Photoshop's imprimatur, and it's designed to work directly with the program. In fact, it goes so far as to generate layered compositions, complete with smart objects, layer masks and blend modes, and it hands them off directly to Photoshop where you can further enhance your artwork. It costs absolutely nothing, there are no in-app purchases and it goes by the name, Photoshop Mix 2.0.
Now the job of Photoshop Mix is to mix images together. And so I'll go ahead and tap on the Photoshop Mix icon in order to open things up. As you can see, it offers you a few tutorials along with some sample images. We're not going to be creating anything so elegant. In fact, I'll be making this ghost cat right here based on three stock images from the Fotolia image library that I brought over to my iPad using the filesharing service, Dropbox. Now to create a new project, you tap on the plus sign on the left-hand side of the screen.
And you can give the program access to all the photos on your iPad, or you can go to other services, as you can see down the left-hand list. I'm going to tap on this ghost cat album that I've created in advance. And then, I'll tap on and the stormy sky background in order to make it the first layer in this composition. All right, now you'll notice that there's a bunch of options for modifying the image down there at the bottom of the screen. I'm going to tap on the second option, Adjust. And every time you tap one of these options, you enter a new mode. Now the first icon in this mode allows me to automatically fix the image.
However, I have a specific effect in mind. So I'll tap on the Temperature option and I'll go ahead and take it up to, let's say, around 60%. All right, now I'll tap on Exposure and I'm going to take it down ever so slightly to what appears to be negative 0%, but this should work out pretty well. All right, now I'm going to skip Contrast and move on to Highlights, and I'm going to take my highlights down to negative 50%, and then I'll tap on Shadows and I'll take them down to negative 50% as well, because after all, I'm looking for a very dark and stormy background.
All right, next I'll tap on the Clarity option, and I'll go ahead and take it up to 50%. And I'll tap on Saturation as well and take it up to that same value in order to really crank up the colors inside this image. All right, now if I don't like what I see, I could tap on the X in the bottom left corner, but I do like what I see, so I'll tap on the checkmark in the bottom right corner. All right, now we need to add another image and so you'll notice some thumbnails on the right-hand side of the screen. Those indicate your layers. And so if you want to add a layer, tap on the plus sign and that'll take you back to your Camera Roll and so forth.
I'm going to tap on the ghost cat album once again and then tap on the grass in order to add it to the composition. Now obviously, I don't want to fill the entire screen with grass like this, and so I'm going to cut most of the grass out of the way using that Cut Out option at the bottom of the screen. All right, now notice the word Smart in the bottom right corner. If I tap on it, I can switch between two selection tools. The smart selection tool and the basic tool. I'm going to start things off with the basic tool, because I just want to scribble a kind of horizon along the bottom of the screen like so.
And so anything that you're revealing is becoming opaque. Anything that's covered with film is going to be transparent. Now if I don't like that line, if I want to clean things up a little bit, then I could try to paint a little more, like so, in order to add to the selection. Or notice this little Add option at the bottom of the screen. I could tap it to switch to the Subtract mode, and now I'll just go ahead and paint some of the grass away in a straight of a line as I can manage with my finger right here. And one of the things you should note is that these are pretty high resolution images, and so it's good to know that a free iPad app can modify them so quickly.
All right, now I'll accept my changes by tapping on the checkmark in the bottom right corner of the window. And actually, now that I look at it, I kind of made a mistake. I want to be able to see more spikes of grass, and so the great thing about what I've done is it's all nondestructive. And so if I want to make further modifications, all I have to do is tap on the Cut Out option again, and now I'm going to zoom in by spreading my fingers in a standard fashion, and now I'll tap on the word Edges in order to bring up a list of presets, including Fuzzy Edge Long, which produces this effect here.
And then if I want to soften things a little, I would tap and hold on the feather option and go ahead and take the value up, not quite that high, I don't think. I'll just go ahead and take it up to 20, let's say. And now, I'll once again accept my changes by tapping the checkmark. Now once you come out to the composite view, you don't want to zoom in by spreading or pinching your fingers, because that will actually scale the grass, which is not an effect we're looking for. And so fortunately, as with any good iPad app, we have multiple undos, and so you can undo the last operation just by tapping on the Undo icon like so.
All right, now we want to add the cat and I'm going to do that by tapping on that plus sign just above the layer thumbnails on the right-hand side of the screen. Then I'll enter my ghost cat album and then I will tap on the cat himself. Now to create a proper ghost cat effect, I'm going to need two copies of this layer, and you can duplicate a layer by tapping on its thumbnail on the right-hand side of the screen. Notice you have the option of getting rid of it by tapping Clear. But I want Duplicate, and that'll give me an extra copy of the cat. Now I want to tuck this guy away for the moment, so I'm going to drag him to the bottom of the stack, below the stormy sky, and then I'll tap on the top cat to select him.
Now at this point, I need to get rid of the background, and so I'll once again tap on the Cut Out option down here at the bottom of the screen in order to enter the Cut Out mode. And now I'll tap on that selection tool to change it from basic to smart. And I will go ahead and paint inside the white background. And you want to take care not to paint inside the cat. But if you do, then you can subtract away the cat by switching from the Add to Subtract mode. All right, now obviously I want to get rid of the background and keep the cat, so I'll go ahead and tap Invert.
And then finally, I want to modify my edges a little bit. It's hard to see what's going on with the cat's fur, but I think I'll go ahead and switch the edges from Smoothing to Fuzzy Edge Medium in order to get a little more fuzz action. And then I'll tap and hold Feather and take it up to, let's say, 20 once again. And I'll accept my changes by tapping on the checkmark to produce this effect here. All right, now I want to turn this cat into a ghost and I'm going to do that by assigning a blend mode. And so I'll tap the word Blend, and that'll give me access to some of Photoshop's most popular modes, including this guy right here, Screen.
All right, I want a little more translucency to my effect, so I'll tap and hold on the opacity option and take it down to 77% like so. All right, now to accept my change, I'll tap the checkmark once again. All right, now I want to bring back the cat's face for goodness' sake, which is why I created that copy of the cat. And so I'll just go ahead and bring him back by dragging him to the top of the stack. All right, now, very important, I need to tap on the top cat to select it, and I want to mask away everything but his face. So I'll once again tap on the Cut Out option and I'm going to switch the tool from the smart mode to the basic one.
And now, I'll just go ahead and paint inside the cat's face like so. And if you're working along with me, you don't have to do a very good job, although I possibly want to do a slightly better job than that, and so I'll switch from the Add mode to the Subtract mode and paint down into his forehead just a little bit, and then I'll tap and hold on the Feather option and crank it all the way up to its maximum of 100%, and now I'll tap the checkmark once again in order to accept that change. All right, now I want to make his eyes glow just a little bit, and so notice, right between the Adjust and Cut Out options is Looks.
And so I'll go ahead and tap on Looks, and I'm going to go for nearly the very last look in the list, which is Summer, which seems contrary to the spirit of this composition, but still. Now the thing is, I really only want to affect his eyes, and so notice, I have access to a Smart Selection Tool. And so I'll go ahead and tap that tool in order to select it. And then I'll paint inside the right eye like so, and then I'll paint inside the left eye. And then finally, in order to soften the transitions, I'll tap and hold the Feather option and set it once again to 20.
At which point, I'll accept my changes by tapping on the checkmark. All right, so let's say you like what you see, in which case, tap the left pointing arrow in the top left corner of the screen in order to exit the edit mode and store your composition. And then you can go ahead and name your composition by tapping on the words, New Composition in the lower left corner. And I'll then tap the X and I'll just go ahead and type in Ghost cat too, let's say, and tap the Rename button. All right, so that's at least one way to use the newly updated Photoshop Mix 2.0.
In the next movie, I'll show you how to transfer your layered composition into Photoshop CC 2015.
To start, Deke covers the June 2015 release of Photoshop CC. Tune in and learn how to apply multiply strokes, drop shadows, and other effects to a single layer; work with the new Glyphs panel; trade dynamically linked assets via the Library panel; create multiple artboards in a single document; and preview your designs directly on a mobile device.