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Photoshop Skillswap

By Piers Ansell - 2004


1. Actions and batch processing

2. Adjustment layers

3. Masking with layers and paths

4. Some other stuff

. CMYK with a new layer! These options allow the action to cope with most eventualities. Preparation 1. Create your destination folderOpen a new file in Photoshop . This is useful if you want to add text as part of your action. 2. Set rulers to % if you want to use any tools that are position specific they will stillwork.16bit. Batch actions 1.

Batch Actions 2. Flatten Image.use your destination folder but do NOT change the file name. Edit Fade 60%. Record a New Action 1. 8. 6. 4. Image>Mode 8bit. . 2. Image>Auto Colour. 7. 5. Close without saving. 3. Save for web . Automate>Fit Image. Image>Mode RGB.

5. 6. 4. Play set and action. Create a droplet . Log errors to file. . Suppress color profile warnings. Make a Droplet 1. Batch Actions 3. 7. Destination: None. Choose name and 'Save droplet in' Photoshop/droplets. Drag droplet to finder window and use as required.File>Automate>Create Droplet. 2. 3.

This allows renaming (built in functions only work with Save As) and. Select the images in Photoshop’s File Browser. Batch Actions 3. . 2. more usefully allows indivicual file rotations to be set. Use File>Automate>Batch and then Select from File browser.When not to use Droplet 1. Make tea. 3.

You can re-adjust the layer without losing information. 3. 6. Adjust as required. Don't flatten! . Non lossy so adjustment is editable. 4. Adjustment layers can apply to layer groups. The Basics 1. Adjustment layers 1. 2. Add adjustment layer on layer palette. Mask off using whatever method is best and make adjustments based on localised problem area. 5.

click OK. Add hue and saturation adjustment layer . Open colour image . 6. Change the blending mode to color. 2. Return to the original AL and now adjust the Hue slider. Black and White Conversions 1.convert to RGB. . Convert to greyscale with colour control. 3. 4. Adjustment Layers 2. Add second H&S AL and reduce the saturation to -100. 5.

4. Masking 1. Use paths to describe a vector area. Layer blending . fill with 100% colour then paint in 'white' over the required areas. .not bad on its own. better as the start of a mask. Use the mask that is automatically created when adding an adjustment layer. Paint in quick mask mode . 2. 3.try selecting all. So many Options 1. Select a chanel to modify and use as a mask 5.

either from the vector tool or draw a path. On the layers palette click "add vector mask". Create shape . from Vector shapes 1. . 3. Masking 2. 2. On the paths palette click "load path as a selection".

Combine with other tools such as paths to create final mask. 2. . Select which channel gives the best seperation for the area you want.doesn't matter which. Use levels (not on an adjustment layer!) to 'block up' the new channel. If mid grey you will need to use Select>Color Range otherwise hit 'Load Channel as a Selection on the bottom of the Channel Palette. 3. 1. Use a channel mask. Duplicate this channel.white. black or mid grey . Aim to have the bit you want as one single shade from either . Masking 2.

Create new. Add background image as a layer in subject image . 2. Quick and Easy with Layer Style. This may cause some unwanted areas to fade out . Move blending ‘arrows’.with subject higher up the layer palette. 4. Separate them with ‘alt’. 7. 6. Select original layer and apply layer mask. Press option (PC option) and click the layer thumbnail. Double click on subject layer. Edit mask as required . You now have a selection that matches the above process. 8. 1. blank layer above that.don’t worry. 3. 5. Masking 3. Duplicate layer.

File and rotate 1.for an image that is not quite vertical . Info and file rotate .selcect the measure tool. Measure a line against an object that should be vertical. Tips 1. - Go to Image>Rotate>abitrary. .

Save COPY as psd file. Open image. convert to greyscale and increase contrast. File>Distort>Displace. 3.Text onto object 1. 2. Select greyscale psd you created earlier. Add text. 50% & -50 in this case! 5. Fade opacity a little. Be bold with the numbers. 4. 6. Can be a bit rough and ready. 2. . but this offers a way of demonstrating how a logo might look on an object. Revert to original. Rasterise text layer.