Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Get More From Smart Objects
Eliminate the dreaded do-over when your client changes his or her mind by making good use of this Photoshop feature
3) I wanted the Lens Blur for the initial blur to be gradated. After filling the selection with black, I added a gradient in Quick Mask to make a mask for blurring. This Quick Mask was then turned into a selection and then saved as a new channel.
4) The main thing I did then was to apply the Lens Blur filter to the shadow alpha channel and run the Radius all the way up to 100. Meanwhile, I selected the above gradient as the Depth Map. This allowed the filter to be applied in a way to help simulate a more natural blur to the cast shadow, using the gradient to map the falloff of the blur.
7) I selected the object layer and two shadow layers. I then went to the Layers panel and chose “Convert to Smart Object” (as seen in the upper Layers panel view). This created a single Smart Object layer. I then selected the object and dragged and dropped it into the background image (as seen in the lower Layers panel view, which I was in the process of renaming). As you can see, the scale was incorrect. However, because this was a Smart Object, I could resize, rotate and reposition it anyway I (or the art director) wished. To resize, I just selected the Smart Object and applied a Free Transform command. However the object was transformed, it didn’t alter the object’s pixels.
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