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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 108 of 118

Create a Desaturate Edges Action


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 108 of 118

Create a Desaturate Edges Action


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Create a Desaturate Edges Action

now in this image, what I'd like to do is make the edges of the picture less colorful than the center of the picture. And therefore your I might be drawn to the more colorful areas in therefore drawn the middle of the image and not the edges. So let's create a brand new action, and I'm gonna call this de saturate edges click record in order to get something only happened in the edges of the picture. I'm gonna make a selection, So I'm gonna choose the selection tool. I'm gonna click near the upper right, but a little ways away from the edge. And I'm gonna drag down here then, Alecko and I'd like the opposite of that because right now we have the center selected and I'd like the edge. So I'll go to the select menu and I'll choose inverse. Then I would like the edge of my selection have a soft edge on it. One way of getting a soft itches to go to the select menu and choose modify and then choose feather. The problem with that is there's no preview. So you're really guessing at what number...

to use the second method you could use is to go here to select and mask. There's all sorts of settings in selected mask. Then you could ignore all of them, except for this one down here called Feather. And if you brought that up, you should be able to start seeing a softer and softer edge like that and then click. OK, so now we have the outer edge of the photographs selected, and it has a soft edge. The next thing I would like to do is create an adjustment layer in the adjustment layer like to use is called vibrance. Vibrance gives you two sliders, the same two sliders we have for controlling how colorful things are when we're using adobe camera raw. And in this case, I'm gonna lower the vibrance to make the edge of the picture less colorful. Finally, so I can remember why I have that layer. I'm gonna rename the layer off double clicking layers name and I'll just call this de saturate edges, and that's all they want this action to do. So now, at the bottom of the actions panel, I'm gonna hit the stop button. And now let's inspect this to see if it's gonna be universally applicable was started. The top here is this set selection. I'm gonna open that up and I see that this selection is measured in pixels. And so that means the top edge of the of the selection will be 116 pixels below the top of the document. It will be 136 pixels from the left edge of the document. In the bottom will be this far from the the top in the left edge. That's not gonna work for any file size. What if I have a square document? If it tries to make a selection of that size, it's not gonna be a square selection. So I need to replace this step in my action with something that is universally applicable. And so, let's see. We can figure out what that IHS first. There's no way for me to convert this step into anything other than pixels, so I'm gonna have to replace it to replace a step in the action. All you need to do is click on the step within the action and then at the bottom of the actions panel, you'll end up hitting record. But before I do that, Let's figure out how we're going to improve that step. Well, the measurement system that's used for making selections when creating actions is whatever your rulers are set to. So if I come up here to the view menu and I turn my rulers on, I can see what they're set to and just looking at the numbers I can tell they're not inches. They've got to be pixels because they're going upto 1800. Um, you can change that measurement system when the rulers are visible by right clicking within the ruler. And if you look at the list of choices that are available, I see one choice that will end up making this work regardless of the size of the original document. And that is percent when I choose percentage. Now it's gonna think, What percentage of the full with the document did I move over before I clicked in what percentage of the full height of the document did I move down when I clipped? So now let's record a new step with the step would like to replace selected I'm gonna hit the record button. Then I'll use the marquee tool, and I'll go up here to where I'd like my selection to begin and I'll drag down here to where I'd like it to end and I let go. It just created a new step. Step appears directly below the step that I had selected, and I'll then hit the stop button. Let's expand that step and see if it's any better. Yeah, now it means I was 5% below the top edge of the document and I was 8.2% of the width over. And then here's how far I was over when I ended in how far down and right, So now I'm gonna just click on the step that came before that, the one that's measured in pixels and I'll drag it to the trash can. Then let's look at any of the other steps to see if they'd mess us up in verse. That's not specific to the document selected mask. Well, the amount of feathering I might need to be different on each picture, because if I have a tiny image, let's they have an image that's only one inch wide. Then I created this action on an inch that was 30 inches wide the amount of feathering that I dialed in might need to vary depending on the document, and I'm not able to set feathering as a percentage. So therefore, it can't just very like the selection. But what I can do is if you look at this step in my action, there's a little rectangle to the left right over there. And if I turn that on by clicking on it, that means when it gets to this step, ask me for a setting, which means bring up the actual interface for what was being used here. So I can choose that myself, and that's what that means. Let's go to the next one down and here it says that we're going to use an adjustment layer called Vibrance next one down and we're setting the virus that negative 49 and OK, we're making something visible, and then we're naming a layer. But none of this told me the names of specific layers like it was trying to switch to a particular layer, so I think this would be nice. The only other thing I might want to do is here, where it's setting the vibrance to negative 49 I could click right there and that would make it so every time I could manually dial in how much I want a lesson it. So I think that's what I'm gonna do. Let's test this action, click on its name. And first I'm going to get this image back to its original by choosing Revert. And then I'm gonna play the action. But hit the play button and it gets to the point where I need a feather and here I can just adjust it. If this was a smaller image, I could use a lower setting. I just click OK, and it should continue the action. And right away it asked me what kind of vibrant setting I want. Cool Click OK, and it finished so that action works fine.

Class Description

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  • 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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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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In this class Ben Willmore gives an overview of all the tools present in Adobe Photoshop 2020, explaining everything very clearly and with practical examples. This course is useful for any type of photographer who wants to learn the use of Photoshop or improve their post production skills.