Update: As of November 6, “Photoshop CS4 Smart Objects” is now available at lynda.com. Members of the lynda.com Online Training Library can check out this link, Photoshop CS4: Smart Objects, for the entire course.
Well friends, more than 1900 of you have voted on my fate. And even tho “Photoshop CS4 for Bio-Medical Imaging Geeks” recently surged to 5 percent (95 votes is none too shabby!), the masses have spoken. “Photoshop CS4 Smart Objects” continues to be the dominant leader.
So I’m hoping the masses will be happy to learn that I have finished filming all 80+ screen-capture movies for this series, ending with the project file shown below. (That’s just a detail, of course.) The effect is a combination of nine smart filters—Median, High Pass, and Shadows/Highlights; nested inside Variations and Mezzotint; capped by Find Edges and Emboss; with a measure of Poster Edges and Graphic Pen wrapped up inside the Filter Gallery—all set to different blend modes subject to the whims of two filter masks, a layer mask, and an adjustment layer. In other words, utter simplicity itself.
Thanks to Felix Mizioznikov of image vendor Fotolia for the source photo. (For those of you sick of me using lovely lady pictures all the time, here’s a beautiful boy one.)
It takes a while to edit my ramblings, so expect this series to show up on the vast lynda.com Online Training Library in six to eight weeks. In the meantime, here’s a list of the chapters:
- How Smart Objects Work
- Camera Raw and Illustrator Objects
- Working with True Clones
- Exploiting Nested Smart Objects
- Applying Smart Filters
- Non-Filters and Filter Masks
The shortest chapter contains 10 movies, the longest 20. The final piece will be a bit more than 8 hours long. It’s all pretty intense, but as these things go, I’m feeling like I only scratched the surface. Not a single bio-medical imaging application, for example. Alas, smart objects are so damn powerful.