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Black-Only Shadows

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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106. Black-Only Shadows


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2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
25 Using the Shape Tool Duration:04:39
30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
35 Understanding Curves Duration:06:18
36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
39 Editing with Blending Modes Duration:08:04
40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

Lesson Info

Black-Only Shadows

Well, let's get crazy. Sometimes I need to prepare things to be printed on a printing press. If you're ever gonna print on a printing press, your image needs to end up in C M Y que mode seem like a stands for science. Magenta, yellow and black. Those are the colors of ink used on a printing press. And if you don't convert your image, someone that you give your file to is going to ultimately have to convert it to see him. Why K mode before it gets printed on a printing press? Because those are what the colors of in car you're going to use. Well, the features and Photoshopped don't work as well in seem like a mode in doing things like color correction. In overall adjustments are dramatically better, an RGB mode, and there's a lot of technical reasons for that. It's known as a gray balanced workspace where I seem like a is not, um, but when it comes to shadows in backgrounds like this, oftentimes it's best to print those Onley using black ink. Well, if I work and see him like a mode, that...

's easy. But what if I like working in RGB mode, and I just want somehow elements to print with only black ink. Somehow I want to control that will. Usually it have to go to see him. Why came out to control it? So let's cheat and figure out how to make this background in the shadow print with black ink. Even though we're in RGB mode just to show you what I'm talking about, I'm gonna choose the eyedropper tool in my tools panel. Click and hold on it. And there's something called the color sampler tool that two allows me to click within my picture and add a little cross there. And I had two of them, and that's gonna cause over here the info panel to have some extra read ups, and it tells me what that's made out of right now. It's made out of red, green and blue, red, green and blue. If I were to switch this, I can switch it to see him like a and it'll tell me how it would be reproduced. And you see, it's using every single color of ink I wanted to only print with black hair and kept look at this background. It wouldn't use 1% black. I want those to print with black ink only. Here's how I'm going to do it. I'm gonna take those bottom two layers those with layers that contain the shadow and the background. And I'm going to turn them into a smart object. So layer smart objects convert to smart object that makes it look as if that layers those layers have been merged together. But they just got turned into a smart object. I need to access the contents of that smart object. So I double click on the thumbnail for that layer. And if I do, they appears a separate document. Well, that's separate. Document. I'm gonna convert to see him. Why came out? And I'm not gonna merge the layers when I dio. Okay, whatever. Then I'm gonna use an advanced feature with layers. I'm going to take the top most layer. I'll go to the letters FX. I'll choose blending options, same screen where we got to knock out shallow. And we got to those blending sliders in in there. I find check boxes right here that says, What inks can we use? I'm going to say you can't use that. You can't use that you can't use that. Therefore, all you could uses this, and I'm going to do the same thing for the layer below. Letters FX Blending options in turn off Scion Magenta yellows We only use black, and the only thing is we were using a lot of those other inks previously. So the end results here are much lighter than they're supposed to be, so I'll have to darken this up. Well, these air solid color layers. That's what it looks like me of these little color swatch on the left. And if I just double click on that color swatch on the left, I can choose exactly how dark this is, and I'm just going to try to get it close to the same brightness as it was before. I'll do the same thing to the layer above double clicking on the left side, just making a little darker click. OK, so now if I look in my info panel, you see that we're working on the smart object. It thinks that the shadow area will end up printing with only black ink and same with the background area. None of the other colors in the reason why you do that seem like a mode for large areas that should look like they're black is because if magenta ink prints too heavy, this would look pink. You have sai in in prints too heavy. This is gonna look bluish yellowing prints too heavy. It's gonna look yellowish, but with only black ink, none of that can happen. So then I'll close this. It was a smart object will ask me since I've made changes, if I want to save it and I'll say yes, it saved it back into this file. And so now if I ever convert this picture to see him when I came out right now, before converting it to seem like a mode, it thinks both of those areas going to use all those different colors of ink. But after converting to see and why came out? As long as I tell it not to merge, the layers don't pasteurize. How many times can you warn me about something? Just do it. Look at those areas they're printing with only black ink. So there's a lot of things we could do with layers. I mean, we've really only scratched the surface. I've been using Futter shop for so long. There's so much you could do that I'm trying to give you a flavor for it so that you can get more excited about some of these features. So maybe you'll start experimenting with some of those check boxes that I didn't use to try to figure out what they dio. And the more you can figure out the more features and photo shop and truly understand them, the more powerful you're going to become when you're using that tool. So I tried to feed you some that I think are quite useful, but this has been advanced layers as part of a photo shop. The Complete Guide.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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