Oil Paint Filter and the Eye Dropper


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


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Oil Paint Filter and the Eye Dropper

So another new filter that I'm absolutely in love with is the new oil paint filter, and this filter lets you create a painting with various election marry a brush stroke, this dialog box that we're going to see in this new oil paint filter has, I think, four sliders and that's it so here's, my original and here's our painting in that amazing now, the fine artists out there might be saying, doesn't like riel, but those of us who are not fine artists e think it looks great, so let's, take a look at how tio create that. So I'm gonna back out of what I've done here, and this is a good thing to show you guys, because it shows you how to undo a smart filter in a smart object, so I'm gonna click and drag on the oil paint filter and drag it to the trash at the bottom of the layers panel. So now I've deleted that filter, ok, so if I wanted to start from square one, I could rast arise that later than turning into a smart object, but let's, just say that I have for the first time, remember to use...

the file, open a smart object command, so I get to skip the step of turning that layer into smart object, so the next thing we won do is activate the filter menu and choose oil paint all pain is brand new and c s six and it lives root level in the filter menu ok you don't have to go rooting around for it in a sub menu so choose oil paint and incidentally does anybody know why let me zoom in a little bit does anybody know why some of the filters have and the lips after them them some of them do not that's a fine question of linus this any time you see a menu command hasn't ellipse after it that is going to trigger a dialog box that wants your input if you see a filter that does not have an ellipse next to it or a mini command that doesn't have any lips next to that means it's simply runs you don't get a dialogue box that means you have no input on how that particular command or particular culture works but that's how you know if you're about to encounter dialog box is the menu command has three little dots after it yep riveting stuff okay so here's our old paint filter dialog box get a nice big pre v I mean big nice nice nice and I lied we don't have four sliders we've got six but technically the four sliders appear pertained to the painting part the's two sliders patane tio lighting ok so the's settings air sticky so funny shop is merely reproducing the settings I last used so there is no rocket science with this there's no magic he simply dragged the sliders around until the painting looks good to you okay stylization I let's think of this is the van gogh filter I guess you would pronounce that is bang off if I really in amsterdam stylization seems to me teo make the image more swirly like a van gogh painting all right, cleanliness can clean up your brush strip so if I drag it all the way to the lift I've got a more texture in the painting my own personal opinion I like is look a bit more smooth so I like to drive the cleanliness least over four scale is the size of the brush strokes so if you bring those all the way down to the far left your brush strokes for a little bit smaller cnn now they're they're a little bit bigger wider bristle detail gives you more detail in the bristles of your virtual brush here if I drive that all the way to zero I don't it's almost like I don't have any bristles at on it looks more like him go wash to me but I like bristol some a drive that becca give a little bit more texture lighting simply controls the angle of the fake lighting that you've got in your painting the direction of the light source rather you can see that changing as I'm dragging it around so you can imagine the sun moving around this is all this personal preference drive these five year until looks good to you shine will put a little bit of ah gloss into the painting which is kind of need like the way that looks tea and then when you're finished get it looking good just click ok now since you have ran this filter as a smart filter rebrand the filter on a smart object you can come back in here let's say after you print it out you may decide you not so much on the shine so double click the oil paint smart filter and the dialogue box opens right back up with the settings that you use and you can take a little bit of that shine off if you want to if you want to and then of course you can toggle the visibility I that will can't filter often on to see the before and after and there's some other interesting slash weird effects you can create if you open the filters blending options dialog box by clicking that little icon to the right of the filter so we'll give that a double click and we could even change the opacity of just the painting filter if we wanted to change the way it looks so there's all kinds of ways that you can customize this we'll bring that back up to a hundred and you can also change blend moves here so that changes the way the colors of the filter interact blend with cancel out the colors that were in the original later. So as I change these blend modes I get all kinds of interesting effects and just a little tip on using these blend moves we cover blame most extensively in the c s five course I'm not gonna get into them too deeply. However I will tell you that a secret tio understanding what's gonna happen when you choose the's blend modes is museum in don't know if you all can see it on screen but there are tiny dividing lines between a darker color and lighten there's, another dividing line between lighter color and overlay and so on think of these items within and he's set a dividing lines is categories they're not really categories, but I find it helpful to think of it like that. And if you take a look at the first mode in that particular category that tells you what all those modes d everything in the dark and category darkened your image if you choose a mode and the lightning category, your image is light and so the result will always be lighter or darker than what you started out with that blend. Those in the overweight category are gonna do a little bit of lightning in a little bit of dark me, I like to think of these as contrast moods to be honest so all kinds of interesting effects that you can create there's the light mood and we could take it back to normal to make it look more like a painting then click ok, so I think this is a really handy thing another great products that you can sell to your clients and your photography business and it's hard to be a professional photographer right now it really is it's you know with with stock photography with micro stock especially photographers have a more difficult time commanding those those nice big prices for you know their fabulous photography, so learning how to use photo shop a program that you pretty much have to have anyway as a photographer learning how to use it to leverage your business so that you can create additional products to sell to your clients really becomes an important thing so let's take a look at using this filter on another image so besides creating something creative, you know artwork from a snapshot her artwork from a photo you can also use this filter to save what I would call an image with subpar lighting. All right, so when I turn off the filter, you're going to see um the original image now I'm calling this subpar lighting that's only because it doesn't appeal to me hey, I'm sure the photographer who took the shot was trying to evoke a certain mood and this kind of overexposed not quite a high key effect you know probably a pill did them a great deal but let's say that you took the shot and you just couldn't correct the lighting or the color tore it looks good to you then something like the oil paint filter can save that shot because it makes a whole nother thing out of it becomes artistic so people won't notice if the color's a little well off so here I ran the filter twice so you can run filters over and over and over and when you do that with the oil paint filter, you get some interesting effects so let's take a look at creating this one again I'm going to back out of it by clicking and dragging the filters to the trash unfortunately you cannot shift click to activate more than one filter so you have tio click and drag the trash click and drag to the trash so we've already got our smart object here so we are go for running our oil pan a filter so cheese the filter menu and then choose oil paint again play with those sliders until they look good to you I'm going to go ahead and let this roll with the previous settings and to run this filter again you can either choose the field trip menu and choose oil paint the very top remember we were talking about earlier how the previously ran filter always appears at the top. Or you could use the keyboard shortcut of commander control. F you can remember that for filter, but this is a good example of if you choose that command staying in the dial on rocks opened again. I thought for sure it would just run. I swear that is so funny. Ok, so anyway, here's running it twice and I kind of look, I like the way it looks when I ran it twice that's kind of okay, but you really get the feel of a painting when you run it again, so get crazy. Run it several times. Why not right? Any questions on oil pay? S do you tend to rerun the filter with the same settings or a completely different set of settings? So far, when I've been doing this on my own photos, I've used the same settings, but I mean, imagine what you could make if you continue to tweak them with painting. Yeah, lots of fun, and we've had. We've had filters that minute painting effects and put a shot for years, but none of them I do. As good of a job is this one does to date this is the most realistic easy path from making a painting out of a photo that I've seen there are other tools that can be quite amazing I used I reviewed one from akron amazing not too long ago it was made by aliens can I think it's called snap art snap art three or something like that by alien skin and that one its sole purpose in life is to create paintings from photos as you can imagine a lot higher learning curve a whole lot more than four five sliders plethora of controls and an additional cost because it's ah it's another piece of software to plug in that you you have to purchase so aside from that this is hands down the easiest fastest path to a painting and this is a question from uh d I was just wondering why some of the filters like artist is unavailable on the particular image that they have open are there certain filters that are only available for certain types of images a whole bunch of filters don't work on seem like a images so check your color mode go to the image min you she was mode and I bet you bet you bet you you're in seeing like a or some other color mode. The other thing that could be causing the filter to trip up is that you're working with a sixteen bit image so a lot most of the filters only run on eight bit images so check that go into the image mint knew the mod menu and make sure you're set to rg color and eight bits per channel and then uh just star is wondering if third party filters like topaz are on one show up in the filters section hoo that's a great question it's pins on the manufacturer so I don't have any third party well we do have one third party plugin installed on here and that was that I stock photo plug in that we that we installed it showed up in the window extension menu okay so you're gonna have to hunt around to find where those plug ins install the nick in on one plug ins I want to say they end up in the filter menu down toward the bottom in their own category other plug ins can end up in the file automate me okay? So founding you automate and then they'll end up over here somewhere I haven't seen the plug in yet that ends up in the scripts menu but I have seen some of them end up in autumn a so check under file automate also check under the filter menu and last but not least check in the extension category of the window in you but if you read the owner's manual which I never d when I installed products anyway nobody reads those things read the installation instructions they'll tell you where to look for the filter, but they all require you to quit photo shop and relaunch it before you're going to see it show up at all and any menu, so so do check for that and when you're installing third party plug especially fits into a new version of photo shop if is the plug in that you've been using in the previous version, and you'd I don't see it show up in any menu than that plug in may not work in that version when photo shot first went to sixty four bit a lot of the plug in companies like nick and on one really were scrambling to update all their plug ins toe work, and they didn't work for a month or so you had to launch photoshopping thirty two bit. Okay, so do be aware of that if you're if you've upgraded to see a six and a using an older plug in, it may not be optimized to work in the new version. We just have a few minutes left, so I think that's good for those questions, it's very good, we've got one more anything to show you and see a six and that is thie eyedropper tool has a new setting in the options bar it has a sample pop, it made me this is a new b eyedropper has never had that sample menu so when you use the eyedropper to pick up colors that's the only that's the real reason used the eyedropper is let's say I wanted to create something and I wanted that exact attempts of blue on his cape and why am I calling it a tent because remember it's a light color the color that's had white added to it ok, so if I want to pick up that tinted blue I could click you get a nice little coloring so you can make sure that you are choosing the exact color that you want as you mouse around on top of the color the top portion of that ring the entering shows you the color that you're currently on the bottom portion or half moon of that ring shows you the previous color that you quit on the gray outer ring simply gives you a little bit of let's call it dead space between the colors you're trying to select or the preview the color you're trying to select and the actual image it just helps you see those indurain colors a little bit better so that great ring does absolutely nothing other than help you try to be accurate on the color that you're trying to snatch with the eyedropper so the new thing with the eyedropper is that we now have this sample menu so if you've got a color that was reproduced or produced through a slew of layers through compositing ok, so let's say we had a bunch of other layers always create an arbitrary layer here solid color adjustment layer and we'll make it kind of a pink color and if I change the blend mode of that layer that I'm seeing through to the image, well, now, if I click with the eyedropper, I can tell it to sample all the layers because the colors now that air in this image are not coming just from the photo there coming from a combination of that solid color adjustment layer and the colors in the photo, so they're blending. So in order to to pick up a color that is created from many layers, you can now use the sample menu and you can restrict what the eyedropper will pick up you can say, all right, well, I want you to look at all the layers, but if I've got any adjustment layers in their ignore those okay, so that's what this new menu is all about. So if you use the eyedropper tio to snatch color from images and you do a lot of compositing than you very much appreciate the new sample, many for the eyedropper I know it's not the most exciting thing, but I know there's somebody out there in the internet, it's going and that's people manu

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Lesa Snider returns to CreativeLive for an intensive Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tutorial. Whether you've already upgraded or are still deciding, Lesa shows you practical yet non-destructive editing techniques you can use every day. This 3-day course is a perfect companion to Lesa's previous Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 tutorial on CreativeLive.

Lesa dives further in-depth into advanced filters such as Puppet Warp, Liquify, and Lighting Effects, which all take advantage of the new processing power of Adobe® Photoshop® CS6. Lesa also spends a full day covering Adobe® Photoshop® CS6's brand new video features.

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