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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 105 of 118

Layer Comps


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 105 of 118

Layer Comps


Lesson Info

Layer Comps

so enough about blending sliders. I use them all the time. The blend If sliders. And now let's look at other advanced features of working with layers. Let's say we have a client that hired me to replace the sky that's in here, because that's what the original sky looked like in the area on the right. The main thing is, the image was over. Exposed in the camera didn't capture enough detail to have color in the lower right. So I've already used the features that were taught in the session on advanced masking to remove the background on these trees. And if I turn off one of the layers that are here, let's see if I oh, I turn this layer mask off. This is what it looked like when the background had been removed. Then I have different options in here for skies. There's one. Here's a different one. Here's 3rd 1 and 1/ 1 and I want to present those to a client so they can see them. But I don't want them to see me playing in the layers panel where each time I turn one off, you see a checkerboar...

d, and then you turn another one on. And I have other fancy things going on in here. Like I'm gonna bring some of the original colors back in a tip that I showed you when we did advance masking. Anyway, I have a more complicated document that I want to show a client. I just somehow wanted present them with these options. So I'm going to use a feature called Layer Comp Sys. If I go to the layer menu or the window menu, I should say there's a trois called layer Camps and that causes this panel to come up when I get my documents set up. How I'd like to show a client I'll go to the bottom of the Layer cops window, and I'm going to click on the little plus sign. It's there to add a new layer comp in Win it, create a layer comp. I have the choice of what you to keep track of. Should it keep track of just the visibility of the layers that are my layers panel. She would also keep track of their position. So if I'm gonna be moving things around and want that on, should it keep track of layer styles, which means bevel in boss drop shadows and things like that, just in case I turned those on and off. In this particular case, it's not gonna matter, but I can turn on Ah, and then this is a more advanced feature that we won't even get Teoh in advanced layers because it has to do with smart objects and layer comes and we're just getting into lair cops. I'll leave that. Anyway, I'm gonna click. OK, so now we have our first layer competent layer Cops panel. Then I'm gonna change the appearance of my document by turning one layer off entering the next one on, and I'll create another new layer comp, and I'll just call that option, too. Then I'll switch it again and great another layer com called Option three and do it one more time. Now, if you look in the layer calms panel, you'll see the names of your layer calms. And over on the right side are those options that I had to choose from. You remember the check boxes? One was Did I want to keep track of the layers visibility and I had that turned on because the eyeball shows up here. Another is Do I wanted to keep track of the layers position? Well, that's the move tool. So that's that. Did I want to keep track of the layer styles, which would be the letter FX and then the final one. This looks kind of gray, and that's because I didn't choose the bottom check box, which had to do with Layer cops used with smart objects. So here's the name of our layer cops. We can change the name at any time, just double click on the name you can type in a different one. And then there is this little other column in that Cullen determines what layer comp we're currently looking at. So you see this one here? That's what we're looking at. So what I'm gonna do is good down that column on the left side, and I'm just going to click on the other areas, like the one next to Option three. And it's just gonna change which layers were visible, and I can go to the next one in the next one to cycle through those four different versions of this document. So now I could hide my layers panel and just have the layer comp. So pond when a client comes over and I can say, Well, what do you prefer? Option one. Option two. Option three her option for. But then the client calls and cancels our meeting and they still want to see this, but I need to email it to them. Well, if I go to the file menu, there should be a choice under export called Layer comes to files. If I choose that, then it asked me where should put it. I have mindset to my desktop where it actually looks a little deeper than my desktop. Ah, And then what should the file start with, Should it say new sky choices? Oops. I didn't mean to click up there in the top half toe fix that homeland. I accidentally clicked on the top and I got something typed in Let me hit the browse button and choose my desktop because if I have just some text typed in there, it might not go in a libel spot. Then this means Do you want to just export one, Which is the layer comp your currently looking at? We're not, and I'm gonna leave. That turned off so that I get a separate document for each file and I can tell which file format to use. I'll use J Peg. So now if I choose run, it's going to switch between all the different layer compass, and it's going to save out of JPEG file of what each one looked like. And if I were to go and look at my desktop, that's what I have right now is four brand newly created files sitting there on the desktop. But maybe the client requested they didn't want J pegs. They wanted a pdf file. Well, there's also a choice of layer comes to pdf. And so here it again asked me where would I like to save it if I want just the current layer calms or the ones that are selected or not? And otherwise, this would say about a pdf if I hit the run button. Not gonna actually run it, though. So what might we use layer comes for? Well, any time you have a complex document like I remember this one, Well, what if I wasn't sure about what pictures I was going to be using for each one of those Polaroids yet and I wanted to show somebody a bunch of different options. And so I had, like, five different choices for pictures for each one of those Polaroids. This would be a really complicated document, and just finding what layer it would take to turn on and off could be a challenge. Well, if I set it up once I save a layer comp that I can change the visibility of layers to swap out a different picture at another layer. Cop and I can easily then navigate that document using Layer com's or the more straightforward example might be a calendar. I want a layer con fridge month in as I choose the Different month. I want the text of the name of the month to change, which just change Which layer is visible cause I'd have one layer for each month, and I want to change the picture that's up there. I just have 12 pictures, and I'd be switching which ones visible, and then I would have the grid of numbers at the bottom. That would need to change, and that's what I have here. Here's January, February and so on so you can set that up in a single document. This is usually something somebody might set up Is 12 different documents, but with layer cops, we can easily save them right in the layer Cops panel. If you later on decide you want to change things like change which picture is visible for December? I could right now turn off the eyeball for whatever a picture that is and turn on the eyeball for a different one. And if I did, I would go to this layer comping might layer cops panel. And, uh, if I right click on it, I can say update layer comp, which means, you know, look at the layers that are currently visible, and I can also say only update the visibility. Don't update the position, you know, or just update position, that kind of stuff. There's a lot we can do it layer cops. It all depends on what kind of work you do as far as how useful you'll find them

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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Ben's class has been extremely helpful for understanding how everything works in photoshop. I am so grateful for his classes. Easy to understand and thorough. Thank-you Ben!