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Smart Objects and Composites

Lesson 68 from: Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Blake Rudis

Smart Objects and Composites

Lesson 68 from: Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Blake Rudis

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Lesson Info

68. Smart Objects and Composites

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Bootcamp Introduction

16:22
2

The Bridge Interface

13:33
3

Setting up Bridge

06:55
4

Overview of Bridge

11:29
5

Practical Application of Bridge

27:56
6

Introduction to Raw Editing

11:00
7

Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface

07:39
8

Global Tools Part 1

16:44
9

Global Tools Part 2

20:01
10

Local Tools

22:56
11

Introduction to the Photoshop Interface

07:13
12

Toolbars, Menus and Windows

25:07
13

Setup and Interface

11:48
14

Adobe Libraries

05:57
15

Saving Files

07:39
16

Introduction to Cropping

12:10
17

Cropping for Composition in ACR

04:44
18

Cropping for Composition in Photoshop

12:40
19

Cropping for the Subject in Post

03:25
20

Cropping for Print

07:34
21

Perspective Cropping in Photoshop

07:11
22

Introduction to Layers

08:42
23

Vector & Raster Layers Basics

05:05
24

Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

27:35
25

Organizing and Managing Layers

15:35
26

Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes

21:34
27

Screen and Multiply and Overlay

09:15
28

Soft Light Blend Mode

07:34
29

Color and Luminosity Blend Modes

12:47
30

Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes

07:43
31

Introduction to Layer Styles

11:43
32

Practical Application: Layer Tools

13:06
33

Introduction to Masks and Brushes

04:43
34

Brush Basics

09:22
35

Custom Brushes

04:01
36

Brush Mask: Vignettes

06:58
37

Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn

06:53
38

Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation

07:52
39

Mask Groups

05:52
40

Clipping Masks

04:11
41

Masking in Adobe Camera Raw

07:06
42

Practical Applications: Masks

14:03
43

Introduction to Selections

05:42
44

Basic Selection Tools

17:41
45

The Pen Tool

11:56
46

Masks from Selections

04:22
47

Selecting Subjects and Masking

07:11
48

Color Range Mask

17:35
49

Luminosity Masks Basics

12:00
50

Introduction to Cleanup Tools

07:02
51

Adobe Camera Raw

10:16
52

Healing and Spot Healing Brush

14:56
53

The Clone Stamp Tool

10:20
54

The Patch Tool

06:38
55

Content Aware Move Tool

04:56
56

Content Aware Fill

06:46
57

Custom Cleanup Selections

15:42
58

Introduction to Shapes and Text

13:46
59

Text Basics

15:57
60

Shape Basics

07:00
61

Adding Text to Pictures

09:46
62

Custom Water Marks

14:05
63

Introduction to Smart Objects

04:37
64

Smart Object Basics

09:13
65

Smart Objects and Filters

09:05
66

Smart Objects and Image Transformation

10:57
67

Smart Objects and Album Layouts

11:40
68

Smart Objects and Composites

10:47
69

Introduction to Image Transforming

04:34
70

ACR and Lens Correction

09:45
71

Photoshop and Lens Correction

14:26
72

The Warp Tool

11:16
73

Perspective Transformations

20:33
74

Introduction to Actions in Photoshop

09:27
75

Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface

05:06
76

Making Your First Action

03:49
77

Modifying Actions After You Record Them

11:38
78

Adding Stops to Actions

04:01
79

Conditional Actions

07:36
80

Actions that Communicate

25:26
81

Introduction to Filters

04:38
82

ACR as a Filter

09:20
83

Helpful Artistic Filters

17:08
84

Helpful Practical Filters

07:08
85

Sharpening with Filters

07:32
86

Rendering Trees

08:20
87

The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters

15:08
88

Introduction to Editing Video

06:20
89

Timeline for Video

08:15
90

Cropping Video

03:34
91

Adjustment Layers and Video

05:25
92

Building Lookup Tables

07:00
93

Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type

15:11
94

ACR to Edit Video

06:10
95

Animated Gifs

11:39
96

Introduction to Creative Effects

06:08
97

Black, White, and Monochrome

18:05
98

Matte and Cinematic Effects

08:23
99

Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades

12:20
100

Gradients

04:21
101

Glow and Haze

10:23
102

Introduction to Natural Retouching

05:33
103

Brightening Teeth

10:25
104

Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool

08:07
105

Cleaning and Brightening Eyes

16:58
106

Advanced Clean Up Techniques

24:47
107

Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization

14:47
108

ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits

21:27
109

Portrait Workflow Techniques

18:46
110

Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization

12:17
111

Landscape Workflow Techniques

37:36
112

Introduction to Compositing & Bridge

06:59
113

Composite Workflow Techniques

34:01
114

Landscape Composite Projects

24:14
115

Bonus: Rothko and Workspace

05:15
116

Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos

07:05
117

Bonus: The Mask (Extras)

05:18
118

Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR

04:54

Lesson Info

Smart Objects and Composites

What you're gonna notice that happened to this, and the reason why I'm showing you this is because you know what happened to this one over here, how the edges got blurry when I did that Gaussian blur? I wanna show you how to fix that before. So we'll go ahead and close this down, open this up. Okay. So what we have here is basically just a regular gallery-style look. We can fill these in with whatever pictures we want, so let's say you're trying to showcase your work on your website in a clever way that's not necessarily just some slideshows, and you wanna make it look like your work is in a gallery. We can go ahead and fill these blocks in with our work, and you're gonna see that these ones, that's kinda easy, okay we could do that pretty easily. That's kinda easy, that's kinda easy, but look at these ones, they have perspective attached to them. So the reason why that last smart object layer kinda failed us and got blurry on the edges was because we made that shape a smart object at ...

the wrong time. There's a workflow to this and when you want to make that shape and turn that shape into a smart object. So if I were to go ahead and make a shape on here, so let's go ahead and zoom in here. I'll make a shape, just like this. If I wanted to make this fit exactly into this space, and I started pulling these handles now, at this point, and then turned it into a smart object, it's not gonna remember that at one point this was a perfect square. It's just gonna remember what you told it to remember when you told it to remember it. So if I go ahead and right-click on this, and Convert to a Smart Object, and then I zoom in here, notice how it wasn't a perfect selection for that area. If I press Command or Control + T, and I press Control on these handles and move this to here, and move this down to here, and then move this here, and then here, Didn't seem like there was a whole lot of perspective going on with that area, did it, but there was. And I'll press Enter and commit to that. What happens is because we've converted that to a smart object before we did the transforming, so Photoshop remembers that. Photoshop remembers that at one point, that was a square. Now, with this one it might not be easy to wrap our head around, but let's do this. Let's do this on this one right here. Let's make a shape, any size shape will actually do at this point, that'll be fine, right-click, Convert to Smart Object, Command or Control + T, and then, as I press Control, I can fix that box there, Control and fix that box there, Control and fix that box there, Control + click down here, move this up, and fix that box there. Now, this frame does go on, doesn't it? Goes on a little bit further, so we can even do that to, if we zoom out here, if we press Control and space bar, and then Fit on Screen, and then Control and space bar and pull to the left, I can even drag this out a little bit, to there, and then press Enter. Because what Photoshop is gonna remember, Photoshop is gonna remember that that was once a rectangle that was this big, but then you converted it into something that is now a little bit wider. So if I were to go ahead and double-click on this, that's the rectangle that we started with, to make it fit into that space. So if I click on a photograph to put in there, let's just put this photo in there. You'll see how this is gonna warp it, we press Yes. Notice how it cuts off the sides and it fits it right into that perspective of the image, because it remembers that that at one point was a rectangle that has now been warped to fit that shape. Same thing here, if I make a shape that is relatively the same size as this, press Command or Control + T, I'll zoom in a little bit more, Control + T, to fit those edges. Okay. You know what I didn't do first? I didn't turn it into a smart object first. Command or Control + Z, let's go back, right-click, Convert to Smart Object, Control + T, and then we'll do this, and there's another thing I wanna incorporate in this one that's gonna make this a little bit more fun, and that's gonna be layer styles. So I'll make that about that size, perfect, press OK. Double-click inside here, so I can change this to whatever I want it to be changed to. Let's just use this photograph, move it into that rectangle, exit out, save it, Yes. Right now it's fitting, it's fitting into a perspective, it's changing the perspective of this image as it puts it into that rectangle, but it just doesn't look like it fits, does it? It looks like someone just put an image inside that canvas, and there's no gradience or anything that looks like there might be like a glare on it. So if I double-click on this rectangle, and go into the Layer Styles, I can go ahead and add a Gradient Overlay to that. Maybe I'll change that Blend Mode to something like Soft Light, and then change it to a Radial Gradient, and then a gradient that goes maybe from black to white. Press OK. I can move this gradient around, and then maybe increase the scale a little bit. Now it looks like it has kind of like a glare on it. If I change that radial from something like Radial to Reflected, again same kind of thing, looks like we have a glare coming from it, or it's a little bit lighter on the top than it is on the bottom. Press OK, a cool thing about this is because those layer styles were recorded into this as a smart object, if I double-click on that smart object to replace that image with any other photograph, guess what's gonna happen, it's gonna have those layer styles attached to them. So I'll take this image, let's just grab this one, and drag this and drop this into that layout, Shift + Alt. Save it out. Those layer styles are saved in there, see that? Pretty darn cool. So let me go ahead and minimize this. I'm gonna show you how this plays in resizing things for composites. So I'm gonna go ahead and open up an image. I'm just gonna open up this image. Now how this works when it comes to resizing images, especially for things like composite work, because I told you in the beginning, when you make things larger and you make things smaller, you're gonna be losing pixels and gaining pixels as you make that image smaller. So I'm gonna turn the background layer off on this, and I'm gonna duplicate it, I'm gonna go to History and I'm gonna duplicate. And on this one, I'm gonna right-click, and I'm gonna say Convert to Smart Object, and on this one I'm going to just leave it as a non-smart object. So at this point, I'm gonna press Command or Control + T, and I'm gonna make this smaller, much smaller, like this small, press Enter. I'm gonna come over to this image, press Command or Control + T, and make this smaller, much smaller, and press Enter. So if I go back to this one, because this was a rasterized image that I made smaller, if I wanna ever make that larger, watch what happens, if I press Command or Control + T, and I increase the size of this, look at that. We got our own Gaussian blur. If I go to the vector-based image, or what we made our smart object that then turned those rasterized pixels into what would be a vector-based similarity, press Command or Control + T, Shift + Alt, make that larger, look what happens. It remembered all of the data that was in that image before we made it smaller. So it is a good habit to get into using smart objects when you're resizing images, making images smaller, or more specifically, when you're doing composite work, like compositing a model onto a different background, turn that model into a smart object before you go ahead and put it onto the background, or before you put the background behind it, I should say, so that as you resize that model to get her to fit just right on that background, you're not losing that pixel quality as you make it larger and smaller, larger and smaller, larger and smaller. So we talked about quite a bit when it came to smart objects. We talked about what a smart object is, how a smart object works, and what we can do as photographers, and how we can use them in our workflow. We talked about smart objects from Adobe Camera Raw, how all we have to do is press Shift, and we can open that image as a smart object, and we can always go back in and redo any of those Camera Raw settings. We then used smart objects with filters, so that we could apply a Gaussian blur, and then go back into those settings, and even use the mask on that Gaussian blur. We then talked about smart objects as they pertain to straightening images, and we saw how effective that was on the vector versus raster. And we talked about smart objects with image layouts, and how you can change shapes, and apply images within those shapes. And then we talked about how to maybe make your own composite gallery-style wall, and how if you make it a smart object before you do any perspective corrections, those perspective corrections will be saved into that smart object. And then we talked about why it's important to use smart objects, specifically when it comes to resizing our images, because we saw that we just made a Gaussian blur by making a really bad rasterize decision.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Photoshop Bootcamp Plug-In
Textures
Clouds
Painted Backgrounds
1 – Intro to Photoshop Bootcamp
6 – Intro to Raw Editing.zip
11 – Interface and Setup
16 – Intro to Cropping and Composition.zip
22 – Intro to Layers.zip
26 – Intro to Layer Tools.zip
43 – Intro to Selections.zip
50 – Intro to Cleanup Tools.zip
58 – Intro to Shapes and Text.zip
63 – Intro to Smart Objects.zip
69 – Intro to Image Transforming.zip
74 – Intro to Actions.zip
81 – Filters.zip
88 – Intro to Editing Video.zip
96 – Custom Effects.zip
102 – Natural Retouching.zip
107 – Intro to Portrait Workflow.pdf
110 – Intro to Landscape Workflow.zip
112 – Intro to Compositing.zip
115 – Rothko and Interfaces (Bonus Video).zip
33 – Intro to Masks and Brushes.zip
106 - Frequency Separation.zip

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews
 

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell
 

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!

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