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Photoshop Elements 7 Tutorial - Smart Brushes And The Action Player
September 05, 2008
Here is a sample tutorial from the new book from Mark Galer, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7
Maximum Performance (available in December). In this tutorial you will see how to use the new Smart Brushes and the Action Player in Photoshop Elements 7. (Download the tutorial - PDF - 1.8MB) From the intro:
OK, here is a few interesting questions, what does acronym HSL stand for in Adobe image editing software? Would that be Lightness or Luminance? And why do we have an L anyway when Photoshop Elements uses HSB (Hue, Saturation and Brightness) in the Color Picker as its standard RGB color model? Is the L having an identity crisis and do Luminance, Lightness and Brightness sliders all do the same thing? In order to take control over our colors and tones when image editing we have to understand one of the most basic image adjustment features inside of Photoshop Elements - Hue/Saturation. The third slider in the Hue/Saturation dialog is the Lightness slider and this is so useful that even Adobe decided to leave its name off the adjustment feature!
If you try to make a target color lighter or darker using the Lightness slider in the Hue/ Saturation adjustment dialog it is always desaturated the color in the process. In this project we will explore how to adjust the brightness of a color without desaturating it. Adjusting how bright a colors appears without shifting its Hue or Saturation is what Adobe now calls a ‘Luminance’ adjustment. This, however, can only be made possible in Photoshop Elements 7 with the new Smart Brushes that come shipped with the Maximum Performance DVD and some very clever Maximum Performance know-how. This project concludes with a few automated actions courtesy of the new Action Player in Photoshop Elements 7 and some action presets from the Maximum Performance DVD.
Download the tutorial - PDF - 1.8MB.
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