Both Flexi, a software used in the sign and print market and Adobe Photoshop as well as other design programs use something called “layers” to manage design elements. Some us this technique for arranging the objects while other add additional design options.
Since Photoshop and Flexi are quire common in any sign or print shop, I thought I would make a short video ( 20 minutes) showing the layering properties of each program and how a user can manage to use them in some form in each program.
Enjoy the video below and be sure to leave me your comments and experiences with layering.
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I’m going to show you a button that most people don’t even know exists, and this will fix the color in just about any photo in one click. Let me show you on a couple of examples. We’re going to do a basic photo, then I’m going to show you how I would use it on a composite.
HOW EASY IT IS TO FIX THE COLOR OF A PHOTO
So here’s a photo with an obvious color cast. I Shot this in Chicago. You might recognize the scene from the beginning of a movie if you know what it is. Let me know win the comments.
All right. So let’s do this. We’re just going to choose image. Then we’re going to go under adjustments and then we’re going to go down to match color. And this amazing button, it’s very simple. It’s right here. It’s neutralize. If I turn on the neutralize button, boom gets rid of the colorcast just like that.
SOME REALLY USEFUL OPTIONS FOR A BETTER RESULT
All right. I’ve got a couple more things I want to show you now. I would use this as an adjustment layer or as a Smart object, but it doesn’t support those options, so we will dupliacte the layer instead.
Ctrl/Cmd+J duplicates the layer
As above, choose image adjustments>match color.
Once again, we’re going to choose the neutralize option and click, OK, now we’ve applied this on a separate layer, but it gets better in the next step.
Right now the filter is affecting both the color and the luminosity. We only want to change the color.
Where it says normal in the Layer blending mode in the Layers panel, change it to Color. Notice now it’s brighter. The adjustment is only changing the color now, and not the lightness (Luminance).
And notice it doesn’t look as dark and muddy as it did before in normal mode.
MATCHING COLOR IN MULTI LAYERED COMPOSITES
Let’s use it on a composite. This pegasus is what I did during an Adobe live stream. There are lots of layers. Let’s apply it to the entire image. Now, here’s a little trick.
What you want to do is just choose the top layer, then hold down shift+option+command. That would be shift+Control+Alt on windows. While holding down these three modifiers, tap the E key, and this will create a layer on top. It’s literally creating a flattened layer of all the layers underneath.
Image adjustments>Match color> neutralize, click, OK
You can see it’s subtle on this images (every image is different), but it’s bringing everything together. And once again, we’re going to change this from normal to color blending mode.
This week was just a quick tip on that little button. I’m curious, did you guys know about that before? Let me know in the comments underneath and also let me know what you’d like to learn next.
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Object Linking and Embedding is like a Bridge
OLE or Object Linking and Embedding is like a bridge that links one program to another. It has been around in Windows for a while but is rarely used properly.
In this blog, I’ll show you why and how to use it in Flexi 21.
What is OLE? Object Linking and Embedding?
The Geek Stuff
A compound document technology from Microsoft based on its Component Object Model (COM). OLE allows an object such as a graphic, video clip, spreadsheet, etc. to be embedded into a document, called the “container application.” If the object is playable such as a video, when it is double clicked by the user, a media player is launched. If the object is allowed to be edited, the application associated with it (the “server application”) is launched.
An object can be linked instead of embedded, in which case the container application does not physically hold the object, but provides a pointer to it. If a change is made to a linked object, all the documents that contain that same link are automatically updated the next time you open them.
All of the above simply means that you can place a FRAME with the embedded program inside another program and when you double-click that frame, the other program will start so you can edit what’s inside that frame. In the meantime, in Flexi 21, you can actually print the image you see in the frame.
Flexi 21 and many of the previous versions, allow OLE and it can be a great tool once you understand it and practice using it.
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