Improvements to the Shake Reduction filter

Adobe has added some improvements to the Shake Reduction filter, which debuted in Photoshop CC. In the filter dialog, you will find a new check box that disables or enables the Artifact Suppression feature, as well as options for adjusting the length or direction of a blur trace path. You can compare and adjust the Smoothing and Suppression settings for any pair of blur trace regions via sliders in a loupe. The dialog preview provides support for retina displays, using the same HiDPI technology that renders images and panels in Photoshop CC, and the performance of the preview on large monitors is improved.

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Using new features of the Color Range command

The Color Range command lets you select areas of an image by color or tonal values. For the latter, two new sliders let you fine tune the selected range more precisely. If you create an adjustment layer immediately after exiting the dialog, the correction will be limited to the selection.

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Adding a dashed or dotted stroke to a vector path in Photoshop

In Photoshop CS6, you can use the shape tools to create vector shapes, which appear automatically on shape layers (also called vector layers). Like the vector objects in Adobe Illustrator, the underlying structure of a vector shape in Photoshop is an editable path, complete with anchor points and direction lines. Via Options bar controls, you can apply or edit the fill and stroke settings for a selected vector shape at any time. Here we will show you how to make the stroke of a vector shape dashed or dotted.

 

Creating a vector shape

On the Tools panel, we chose the Custom Shape tool (U or Shift-U); you could also choose any other shape tool on the same fly-out menu. Via the menu in the Custom Shape picker, we loaded the Objects library, then clicked the Umbrella preset. From the Tool Mode menu on the Options bar, we chose Shape (to cause the object to appear on a shape layer).

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To create a clipping mask group

In Photoshop, you can use a shape on one layer to clip (hide) nonoverlapping pixels on one or more other layers — and the Create Clipping Mask command makes this easy to do. The base, or bottommost layer (the one that does the clipping) can be a type, image, or shape layer, or a Smart Object. Together, the base layer and the clipped layers are called a clipping group.

In the example shown here, we’ll fill type with imagery — transforming it from a simple word into a more graphic element. We’ll also use the Warp command to change the shape of the type and some layer effects to add depth.

Create a background texture

We created a new, blank document. On the Layers panel, we clicked the Background, then chose Pattern from the Create Fill/Adjustment menu at the bottom of the panel to create a Pattern Fill layer. In the Pattern Fill dialog, we chose a pattern (the Carpet pattern in the Patterns 2 library), adjusted the Scale value, then clicked OK.

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Download a printer profile for an Epson inkjet printer

To maximize color management in your workflow, you must calibrate your display (covered in a previous post), and for print output, choose a printer profile that conforms to the inkjet printer and paper combination you will be using. Here we’ll show you how to locate specific profiles on the website for Epson.com, the manufacturer of many popular inkjet printers. The process is relatively simple: Choose the support category, choose the product category and printer model, then choose a specific paper profile.

Note: Profiles are available only for select Epson printers. We’ll summarize the steps to download the profiles for the Stylus Photo R and Style Pro series. The steps in the first section below apply to the Stylus Photo R1800, R1900, R2400, R2800, R3000, and R800 models; the steps in the second section below apply to some Stylus Pro printers.

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Download a printer profile for a Canon inkjet printer

To maximize color management in your workflow, you must calibrate your display (covered in a previous post), and for print output, choose a printer profile that conforms to the inkjet printer and paper combination you will be using. Here we’ll show you how to locate specific profiles on the Canon.com website, the manufacturer of many popular inkjet printers. The process for finding a profile is relatively simple: Choose the support category; choose the printer type, series, and model; then choose a specific driver or paper profile.

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