Using Layers, Masking and Grouping in Photoshop


10 Tips for Photoshop Beginners


Lesson Info

Using Layers, Masking and Grouping in Photoshop

Step six use layers masking and grouping has often is possible. Yeah don't don't feel like you're in photoshopping you're like, man, if I if I use more than three layers someone's gonna, you know, come it's, not ok in my images, I use tons and tons and tons of layers all have images that of one hundred different layers on him, not a big deal. I recommend using him because if I'm paying something on a layer like I did like I did here, okay, I can always go back and decide to change that. I can always go back and decide to make this later visible or invisible, even if it's ten years from now, I can do whatever I want and it's always going. Allow me to change this as long as I'm saying saving a layered file, so we do have a couple of layers here that were let's. Go ahead and wind up using these layers, and I'll show you a little bit about layers and masking and groups and things like that. Okay, so we've got our background weaken change our background right now. It's got a lock on it beca...

use it's our background later, I want to hold the alter the option key and double click on that it's going to unlock it, so easy to group things together just hit controller command g and that's going to allow you to group things together. So when I'm working on an image, I really like to name my groups, I don't name my layers so much it's a little bit faster, just a group similar layers together into them, those groups all right, let's, just group this one, okay with itself, and I'm going to call this retouch because maybe I want to do some other re touching things in the same group, so maybe I won't call it handled well, group this with itself. I want to call this type, all right? And I'll group this with itself and we're going to call this color, okay, now, let's, go into these groups and see what other things we can do. I've gotta retouch group here, so why don't we do a little more reach up touching? We're going to be hit s for the clone stamp tool, and I'm gonna create a new layer. We're in a sample, this point, there we go and we're going to get rid of all right. There we go, we're just gonna get rid of that little spot we're going to use their healing brush will get rid of that little spot let's say we want to get rid of these little things, too. Very, very quick here healing brush sampling and then painting this you know, this is the sort of thing that you can really knock out in just a couple minutes getting rid of all these kind of little things that are going to wind up distracting the viewer from seeing the image a little bit better all right, so all those little things I would consider retouching they're not re touching my subject but they're retouching our background so that's all going to go inside of the retouch alright types got its own now let's say that I've got a couple layers of type I want to duplicate this layer truck what's the next thing that comes to your mind dog doll there we go. So, um the new single by truck dole she's so hot right now trump no, I feel like this should be a lot bigger weii go truck dawg uh yeah there's some graphic designers out there uh loving this uh there we go truck now so we want to group those together and let's say that I want to keep all my type I grouping is fine but let's say I want a color coded as well right? I want I want truck dull I wanted that to stand out so I'm gonna click right here on this eyeball I'm going right click and I'm gonna go to red okay, so now I've got a couple of different groups and each is color coded to aiken color code any of these, if I'd like so my type I'm gonna have that invisible and let's say I had a bunch of different type in here it would old be getting the same red treatment as well, so I could very easily tell what's inside every group what's outside of the group and if I had type in a different place in my image let's say I had a few different groups of type I could color all of those groups red, so I would know that you know, type is always going to be read, then you can create your own little systems to say like, you know, if I'm if I'm going to retouch something, I'm going to make that a green group so that every time you open up photo shop, you start re touching you make it green so that when you come back to those files at a later date, you go green retouching red type and these things will become second nature to you, so whatever it makes that a little bit easier for you. All right? Coloring we've got some color going on here on our lips let's just create another levels adjustment layer on the top of their and we'll go to a nor blue channel never go and pull up our shadows and our highlights. You know what? I have got to get rid of that grady in't overlay on or type because it looks horrible. All right, not hard to do. Just click on your type. We've got dull here. Double tap on your fx, which brings up our layer layer effects and we could just turn off our radiant overlay. Not a problem. Let's do the same thing over here. You can actually do it right over here. Great and overlay you couldn't turn that off. You turn any of these on and off, just as you need to do. All right now, let's say we did want to do one more thing and that is to use, so we've got layers. We've got masks, we've got groups let's get into the mass a little bit more let's say we have our type, but I want to put a layer mascot of my type. Maybe I wanted to fade out just gonna look horrible, but I'm going to do it anyway. I wanted I wanted to fade out, so instead of placing a layer mask on any of these individual layers, I can just do it on the entire group, so we'll place the layer mask on the group, which is then going to mask out everything inside of the group so now I'm going to grab my grady in tool, and we're just going toe paint up from the bottom and we're gonna fade out truck. Though this is let's, just pretend that this does not look horrible because it does let's make it a lot smaller. We'll put it. We'll put it here on the there we go, that's, that's, getting a little bit better. I'm not doing myself any favors here with truck, the heart let's, go to character, I'm gonna change the spacing in between these letters, down from there we go down from three hundred's spacing between the letters to one hundred. All right, there we go, and you can see at any point in time I can change any of these things where they are, my layer masking as well as the layer effects, things like that. It's not working with layers, is a really great way to keep things organized, and the future me is going to look at this and be really impressed that I did this in just a couple of minutes.

Class Description

Photoshop can be daunting for beginners and it is hard to know where to start. In this 90-minute Photoshop class, you’ll learn 10 actionable tips that will help you get the most out of Photoshop so you can start editing today.

Aaron Nace will start at the beginning. You’ll learn how to organize your files so you’ll always know where to find them. You’ll also learn about color settings, layers, masking and groups. Aaron will cover the commonly used tools in Photoshop and even teach you keyboard shortcuts so you’ll know how to work quickly and efficiently.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2


Patricia Green

This was a very informative course, and perfect for a beginner. I came from Paint Shop Pro and so I knew some terminology and some of what might be possible with what tools, but Photoshop is a big new world for me, so this beginner course was just what I needed. Great instructor who is knowledgable and has a good sense of humor. I would recommend this class to beginners.