Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette
We're going to go back to that a smart object template idea ok, so we're going to bring up the king and I'm going to show you what we're going to create. So here is our what we're going to create and here's the original case, I'm turning off the effects that I added here, okay? So I'm gonna go ahead and close this guy and open him up. Okay? So here's, our original elvis, you can either open a new image is a smart object straight out of the gate by choosing file open a smart object, but I always forget to do that. So what I usually end up doing is I opened the file and I say, ted, give it a minute to open that as a smart object, no problem, because you can go up to the layer menu too smart object and say convert to smart object six and one hand half dozen in the other, okay, as soon as we say convert to smart object footage shot views you that special badge at the bottom, right hand corner of the image. Now what we want to do is we want to add some effects to the photo, and this is a li...
ttle sneak peek of some of the stuff we're going to be looking at tomorrow, okay, so I'm going to create an adjustment layer I'm gonna create a black and white adjustment layer. We haven't done this yet, we will go over it in depth tomorrow. I'm just showing you how you can make a smart object template. Here I'm gonna add a color tint. Now I'm gonna click back on my original layer and I'm going to run a filter on the smart object, and the filter is called lin's correction and photo shop is going to phone home and it's going to update what's called its camera lin's profile database, so this filter that we're opening the lens correction filter was really made to correct some problems you can get in camera when you're shooting with lower quality glass, you can get some dark edges around your photos if you're shooting with laura carly glass, this filter is made to fit a lot of those kind of problems like geometric distortion, chromatic aberrations, vignette ing, which is what that dark edges called vignette ing. But graphic designers were really quick to figure out that while this filter lets you take away that dark edge when yet you can also use it to add it back, and it looks really cool. As a child, I was trotted around tio olin mills photo studios a lot, and it was the quintessential only mills effect at this darkened edge vignette. To every portrait and it really is beautiful for kind of taken the focus away from the background of an image and putting it on uh the focal point so if you're going to see us five and the linds correction dialogue opens you need to click the custom tab ok this custom tab is new and c s five if you're running cs for or earlier you don't have to click this tab the control your after will be visible from the get go the ncs five you do need to click the custom tab now what you want to do is ignore everything else that's in the style law bogs except the section called vignette that's the only thing you want to pay attention to in this dialogue you're going to click and drag the amount slider all the way to the left isn't that pretty ill toggle the preview often on you can see it now you know why all the males always adds that because it's beautiful so this is one whole effect in and of itself just adding the edge vignette so now we're going to click ok and that's how you can create a vintage cpi a darkened edge effect on your photos now because we converted elvis or the king rather into a smart object the filter itself ran in its own little confined space that means I can throw that filter away if I decide I don't like it I can talk with the visibility that fills her often on to see a before and after I also get a mask which allows me to hide the effects of just the filter from parts of the image that I may not want that filter to touch smart objects is what makes this possible ok, so your filters if you run them on a smart object will stack up like layer styles and you get an automatic mask that lets you hide the filter hide the sharpening hide the blurring that you've just applied ok, so since we have done all of this is a smart object if I have more photos, I want to apply this same affect t I simply right click or control click near the layer name somewhere in the free space over here bring up that same menu we used a moment ago choose replace contents navigate to where the new photo lives we're in folder eleven somebody click I stock boy so this is what the this photo that we're about to open looks like right now, but when we pop it into our document here it's going to take on all the four manning that we just applied to elvis now this photo is larger than elvis, so I can simply some and free transformed by pressing commander control t and photoshopped tells me, oh hey, you know, while you're re sizing I'm gonna temporarily turn off any filters you just ran because it can't process the filter effects while you're changing pixels, so go ahead and say, ok, if you encounter that, we're going to press commander control zero to resize our window and use our shift option or shift all trick to resize the photo in a soon as repress return or intern, then our filter is going to come back to our image. So now we've applied the exact same effects that we did, elvis, but since we apply them to elvis is a smart object, we can replace the contents with anything and all those effects apply to the new content. Ok, this is how you would make smart object templates so you could choose file, save as and name this as dark edge sepia template, and you could just keep rotating photos in and out of that? Yes, increase the file size and are they still psd? Finals smart job is to increase the file size a little bit and we're working in a psd. So it's still a psd? Yeah, so let me show you that again on a different kind of thing. Actually, I'm going to show you on a, uh, product shot, actually all to start with that one, okay, different kind of king this one here okay, so over here in the layers panel let's take a peek at what's happening here so what we've got is a smart object we know it's a smart object cause it has that funky badge on it and we've got a filter here and it looks like we've had some masking going on to hide the effects of the filter from part of the image and underneath the mask we can see that we have a lin's correction filter here okay, so let me see if I gave you the original image on that one doesn't look like it okay? So I'm gonna go ahead and delete my filter that iran simply by clicking and dragging the filter down to the trash can in the layers panel see now my filters gone just the filter I'm gonna go ahead and turn this into a regular layer okay, so pretend we just opened it from our digital camera now we're going to go there's a couple of different ways you could turn it into a smart object if you remember like I said to use the file open a smart object man great I never do so I either go to the layer menu too smart objects convert to smart object or there's another mini command that will let you turn an image layer into smart object and that is under the filter menu convert for smart filters its exact same command ok so we're gonna choose filter convert for smart filters there we go so now we have the special badge now we can run any filter we want and they will stack up underneath it non destructively so we're gonna choose filter lens correction and incidentally the last filter you run will always appear at the very top of the field for menu and to get a keyboard shortcut for it so if you want to run the last filter you just ran with the exact same settings you can do that and it will just happen but we're going to go ahead and open up the limbs correction dialogue again again if you're in c s five you need to click the custom tab if you're in see us anything else you don't have to click the custom tab so I'll go ahead and click custom and you want to go down to the vignette section, grab the amount slider and drag it all the way to the lift now if you want to increase the whip of that vignette ing you can drag the midpoint slider to the left as well see how it got just a little bit wider when you're happy with it go ahead and click ok and here again the filter ran all by itself I can toggle it off and on to see if I like it or not and I've gotta look a mask here that lets me hide the filter so for example, if some of the edge vignette ing bled onto your focal point your subject then you could grab the regular breast tool set to paint with black because black conceals and white reveals and you could hide that vignette ing from your focal point if it happened to bleed onto it a little more than you wanted. Another amazing thing that using smart objects with filters allows you to do is adjust the opacity of the filter itself so if I think that this edge minute looks good but I think it's a little too dark if I try to lower layer opacity I'm lowering capacity of the whole darn layer which is not what I want you can lower the opacity of just the filter and it doesn't matter what filter it was blurring sharpening edge of in getting with linds correction like we just did to affect the filters options you're going to double click the world's tiniest icon it's this little two lines with two sliders that lives to the right of the filter that you just ran you're going to give that a double click and you're gonna open up the filters blending options and guess what you've got right there opacity so if I move this out of the way and I dropped that opacity tio say sixty percent see how it got lighter before smart objects this could not be done without duplicating your later content and then dropping the capacity to try to fix the effect but by using smart objects with filters you get the ability to toggle the filter often on to throw the darn thing away if it looks like crab to change the opacity if it's a little too dark and you get that automatic filter mask I can think of it as a filter mask because anything that you are hiding by painting within that mask is only masking the filter it's not masking the image it's masking on ly what you applied with the filter whether that was blurring like I said or sharpening we're going to start out tomorrow with blurring and sharpening using these smart filters ok, so that's a pretty amazing thing so I hope in one minute I can rent through this one one more time so another use for the darkened edge and then yet is for product shots ok, so if I talk with the visibility often on you can see what a huge difference that makes ok, so how the heck did I create this let's delete all this so we're starting out with our product whatever it isthe okay, so what we want to do is we want tio add a solid color feel layer ok, so we're gonna go ahead and click our half black half white circle the bottom of the layers panel to solid color we're going to start out with rid and now what we're going to do is we're going to convert that layer for smart filters so filter convert for smart filters it's going to say, hey, this is going to be turned into a smart object yes photoshopped thank you so now I'm gonna click and drag it below my guitar so I can see my guitar now with that color layer active, I'm going to go up to the filter menu into the exact same thing we just did. Lin's correction in c s five click the custom tab any other version you don't have to do that grabbed the vignette slider drag it all the way to the lift wide in the mid point if you want just widens the the vignette click ok and that's absolutely it if the vineyard is a little too dark, double click that little icon to the right of the fields her name to bring up the blending options and lower the opacity if you want but I happen to like that one at one hundred percent save this file is a psd now you've got a master product shot template okay if I brought that guitar in is a smart object or I changed it to smart object now, I would then gain the ability to swap out the content of that layer onto my beautiful darkened edge red background that I've got going on