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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 80 of 118

Raw Smart Objects


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 80 of 118

Raw Smart Objects


Lesson Info

Raw Smart Objects

Now let's explore the concept of using a raw, smart object, open a finished image first, and then I'll kind of give you an idea of how it was created. Here is my finished image, and the original version is picture I really didn't like. Let's go back and look at it. I'll get rid of any settings that are attached to this so that you can see purely what the camera captured. This is what the original picture looked like into me. It looks dull. These areas on the side need to be brighter. Need to be more vibrant. The sky I wish had detail down here on my wife is I could barely see any detail in her face and her pants, and it just really didn't like it. Well, it was a raw file, so I double clicked on the raw file, which opened in Adobe camera raw, and it decided I wanted to make the sky look better. So I did things like I brought the highlight slider down until the sky started to look good. But any time you do that, anytime you adjust sliders like highlights, shadows, clarity in De Hayes, th...

ose four sliders have a tendency of creating halos, little glowy things, and I can start to see it right along here. You see, it kind of looks like this is glowing, A brighter shade. I can also see it along here where it looks like a darker little halo. They're so I might decide the highlight slider is not the best one to get this guy to be darker. Instead, if I brought exposure down, the entire picture would get darker along with it. And the sky would look good eventually. But I would avoid those halos, so I opened the image. But when I open it, I don't open it normally, not by clicking the open image button I hold down the shift key knowing that is gonna change that button toe open object. When I opened it as an object, I know I'm gonna have a smart object. And so if I have a smart object and I double click on the thumbnail for it, if it was a raw file that it contains, it should send me right back into camera so I could make additional changes. But I want to make changes that I can mask in using photo shops masking tools. So I want to duplicate that layer. There are many different ways of duplicating a layer. If I go to the layer menu right, there's duplicate layer or layer new FIA copy or drag it down the new layer icon. It doesn't really matter right now, but I'm gonna double click on the thumbnail for that copy of the layer, and I'm gonna make a radical change to it. It's not actually gonna be a change I desire. I just want to show you what's gonna happen in photo shop when I click on OK, watch my layers panel. Do you notice that both versions of the picture updated? It didn't just change the one I double clicked on. It changed them both. And that's because any time you duplicate a smart object, it thinks that you have multiple instances of the exact same content, not dissimilar to if you're in a word processor or a page layout program, and you place a logo that's stored on your hard drive more than once. You just placed the exact same file two or three times. Well, if it's linking back to the original contents and you make a change to that original contents, It might update all of those were going to get into that when it comes to it, actually being a useful feature, but for now, it's getting in our way. So I'm gonna choose, undo by typing commands E. And I'm gonna throw away that top layer because we need to duplicate it in a special way. I'm gonna choose layer smart objects. New smart object via copy. The key word here is new. This means to create a new, independent smart object that has no idea that it happened to be the same as another one is contained within it. It's not thought of as being two instances of the same content. No, when I choose new smart object via copy, it looks like I just duplicated the layer. But that layer is now independent of the women's below it. Let's double check to me. Sure, I'll double click on the thumb now for the layer. I'll change my exposure like it did before. Click OK. And if you look in the layers panel, you can now tell that that one is independent of this. I'll choose on Duke's. I didn't really want to make that change. And so remember, I did that by layer. Smart objects. New smart object via copy. Now let's actually double click on it, and I'm gonna optimize that for a different area. Let's say I'm gonna optimize this one for the area where my wife is standing. So for that, maybe I need to brighten the image a bit. Maybe I wanna lower the contrast a little, and may I want to bring out little shadow detail and I don't care what the rest of the picture looks like. Maybe adjust the white balance, warm up her skin a bit, and I'm gonna click. OK, well, we have two versions of the image, one that looks good. Where the sky is one that's gonna look good where my wife is. So now I'm going to make a selection. Let's say I made a selection here of where this guy is, and I need to take away the area where my wife is because it got that selected. Imagine I spent the time which I'm not going to do right now to get a relatively accurate selection around her. Well, now I'm gonna get the opposite of that because I'm gonna use the sky from the image that's underneath, and I'll add a layer mask. A layer mask is only going to keep the areas that are selected. The only area that's selected currently is everything. That's not the sky in the mountain behind. So now that could be put in. Now. If you followed our advanced masking session, you could figure out how toe touch up this selection over here because this is no different than working on ah Bird's wing, where you might end up with a selection that's inaccurate. But we could get that to be accurate in what I would end up doing here is simply duplicating this multiple times, each time making sure it's creating a new smart object and then masking where I need to use each version. I've already done that in a separate document, so I'm gonna close this one. I just want to make sure you knew how I got to there, and I will show you the end result. Here's the end result and I actually interpreted the settings for this file a total of five times. Let's turn off all those different versions, get to the base image. Here's the first version of the image in. So let's say we're going to use that version just for where these vines are were in a vineyard here, and I wasn't concerned with what Karen looked like. I wasn't concerned with what the sky looked like. I was just trying to get the vines toe look good. Then I said, New smart object via copy, and I ended up processing the image again. In this time, I did it for Karen's skin, and I'll put that in here. This one was actually done near the end. Eso it could be put in underneath because it would be covered up already. So here the masking didn't have to be precise. I can show you that at the end. For now, let me turn that off. Then the next one up was for just Karen's pants because she's wearing black pants. It was next to impossible to see any detail in it, so I processed the image just so you can see a little detail. The one above that was just for her shirt, and I went into Kamerad, adjusted it until I thought her shirt look good. The one on top is used up there or it's not red, and that was for the sky. Put in like that and then working a little bit lower than this. If I hide the very bottom layer just so you can see that's what's used on the upper layers, and you can see little holes where her hands are in things. If I had to put something underneath here to fill in those areas, that's where I did. Since that was put on later on, it didn't need to be masked. Quite is precisely. But it all depends if you know how to think about layer mast unmasking. So this is a total of five different camera raw settings applied to the exact same image and then using masks, I combined them together and be able to use a smart object. Made it so I could duplicate the layer into a new smart object. Double click on it in applied different camera settings, repeat the process over and over again and use layer mass to control where they show up. After doing that, I ended up doing a little bit of retouching, so if I turn on the layer above did just see like a yellow flower at the bottom, going away and a few other little distractions. And then I ended up applying some adjustments. And so here's what happens after I just the picture that's like what you would learn in the tonal adjustments lesson or the color adjustments lesson to put this image together. But one of the key elements of pulling it off was the use of a raw file loaded as a smart object and then duplicating it into a new smart object with that special command, which is layer smart objects. New smart object via copy. And that's what I often need to do to optimize a picture where I can't get it to look satisfactory using a single set of camera settings.

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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