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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects


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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

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Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

then I own a bus. A vintage bus is what it looks like. And at the time I got the bus, it was painted blue and white, and I knew I was gonna repaint it. Well, the factory back when they made these bosses, which my bus is made in the sixties. But they made these buses all the way back to, like, the late 19 thirties. Well, what they used to do is give you this this little paint sheet where if I turn off one of these designs, it was just an empty sheet like this. You can grab a marker and design your paint job. And so when I had mine, my bus originally I used the sheets and I drew on him all sorts of different designs to try to figure out what design might I want. But the problem was just seen it here in these three views Ah was not sufficient for me to feel confident. It would look good on my bus. So I took a picture of my boss in back at the time I took the picture. It didn't quite look like that. It looked like a blue and white bus which is this. That's what it looked like when I bought...

it. I ended up modifying that to try to make it look like a white bus, and I just made areas black and white, and they brightened them to the same brightness. That's what I have in the base of this document. Then let me show you how I use smart objects to create a mock up of my bus. Well, I took this paint sheet and I loaded it as a smart object. Now there's a couple of ways of making things into a smart object. So far, I've shown you that you could take existing layers, select them, go to the layer menu and choose smart object convert to smart object. But what? Another thing you can do is let me just close this document. I go to the file menu, and there's a choice right here called Open as Smart Object. And if I choose open a smart object, then I could find that file in my hard drive, and I wish I would have looked at the name of it. But it's one of these. I mean, it's the moment to find it. It's in here somewhere. There it is, and I can choose open. And now it comes in and it's a smart object, but it originated as a file, so that's just another way of doing it. I'm gonna drag that over to the other town, bring it in here, and then I could scale this in distorted intel. It matched the bus that's in there. What I would do is in the lesson about blending modes. You'd learn that multiply mode acts like ink, and so I'd use that mode type command tea and let me see if I can get this to approximate. What I did I would need to do is some further adjustment. But I did it. I'm gonna throw away this layer, though in turn on the one I actually did. There it is. So now what I was able to do is to double click on this layer, the one that's a smart object. And I saw the original document here and I could draw my own paint job. And I drew one there, and I decided maybe this is an alternative or this is an alternative or this is an alternative. And if I were to turn one of those on. All you need to do is close this document, tell it to save it, and it saved it right back into the other file. And I could preview it there, right on the bus in. That allowed me to experiment enough with various designs until I came up with this one that I liked and it gave you more confidence. I don't say this is the cleanest version of it, but the main thing is, smart objects made it possible. So I use smart objects for so many things that it's somewhat absurd, but it takes time to get your brain around it. The main thing to remember is that any time you create a smart object, however many layers you have in your layers panel are gonna look like they merge into one. But what they really did is they got transferred into a separate hidden document that you can only access if you double click in the thumbnail for the layer. And if you do, it shows up in a separate window than anything you do to that layer in a transforming scaling warping. Filtering is something that's not permanent, something you can easily turn off for change the settings on. And if you duplicated so you have more than one version of it. It's really multiple instances of the same content. So if we change one, they all update, and to me, it makes it so. Photoshopped could become dramatically more versatile, But you also then have to think through what's really happening a little more than usual, but I hope with a little bit of experimentation that you could get comfortable with smart objects.

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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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