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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 23 of 118

Using Effects on Layers


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 23 of 118

Using Effects on Layers


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Using Effects on Layers

Now, I'd like to add a little more flair to this image. What I'd like to do is at a drop shadow underneath the text and add drop shadows underneath each photograph so there feels like some separation between them and what's behind them. So I'll start by working on a photograph here. I'll just click on a layer, and if you're not sure which layer this is what part of the document it is, you can always turn off the eyeball icon for that layer that will temporarily hide the layer and then just click where the icon used to be in. It'll come back. Therefore, I can tell exactly what's in that layer. Go to the bottom of the layers panel, and that's where I'll find the letters F X, and that's where I can add a layer effect. And I want to use the one called Drop Shadow. When I choose drop shadow, a screen is gonna open full of options, and let's take a look what it takes to make a drop shadow. As long as this is open, you can click within your document in drag and you'll reposition your shadow i...

n all its doing as you're dragging is it's changing two settings in here. If you look on the right side of my screen, it all those settings. Look at the little circle that's in there, that's his angle. And as a drag, you'll see that's telling me the angle that I dragged. Then there's another setting called distance, and that's how far I dragged in that particular direction. And so if you don't feel like clicking and dragging within your document, you could have just as easily done that with the angle and distance settings. The other side is that are important. Here are size watch what happens to the shadows. They bring it up. That's gonna cost the edge to become softer or chrismer. And so that's gonna determine house softness is the softer it is, the more it'll feel like its floating. Finally, there's a setting called opacity, and that determines how much can I see through that layer. And so, if you want a darker shadow, bring it higher. If you want a lighter one, bring it lower. So it's a matter of fine tuning all of those settings to get a shadow that I like, do something about like that, then I'll click. OK, remember the way that I added that in the first place is I went to the bottom of my layers panel. I found the letters F X and I chose drop shadow. And that's how I can go in to change the settings for it as well. If I decide I wanted to be a softer edge later on, all I have to do is choose that once again when the layer that I've applied that to is active. If you look in my layers panel and you look closely at the lair I was working on your now going to see it says it has effects and the effect that has applied its drop shadow. You see a little eyeball icon. If I turn that off by clicking on it, watch the drop shadow over here and it goes away. The one next to the word effects would do the same thing. And the only difference between these two is effects is a category, and I could go down to the letters FX and add an additional effect like right now we just have a drop shadow. I could come in and choose something called a stroke a stroke withdraw line around the edge of the image, and I'll bring up the size setting a little bit, so it's easier for you to see that. So now if you look in the layers, panel effects means all of these things. So if I turn off the eyeball next to effects, not only with the drop shadow disappeared, but show so with the stroke or line that goes around here. If I turn off the eyeball next to these two, though, it will turn off the individual effects of the stroke in the drop shadow or, collectively, all the effects. Once you've added effects like that, if you don't want to see them in the layers panel, you can go to the right edge of the layer where you find the letters FX to indicate you have effects applied and there's a little triangle there. If you click on it, it will collapse it down. So there for only the letters FX here indicate that this layer has anything attached to see which effects are attached. Click on that triangle and you see the list. If you want to get rid of one of these effects. You could drag the effect to the trash can at the bottom of the layers panel. But the other thing you can do is drag it to a different layer. I want to put this stroke on my text, so I'm gonna click on the word stroke, and I'm going to drag it right up here to the layer that contains the text and then let go, and I just moved it. I might also want a drop shadow on the word Barcelona. So here I already have a drop showed on one layer. The problem is, if I just drag it up to the taxed, it will remove it from the layer was on before I wanted on both layers to get it on both layers. When you drag, hold down the option key. That's all time windows, so I'll click on the word drop shadow. Ah, hold down option and I'll drag to a different layer and let's see it didn't do it, so I'll have to hold it down before I click and then try. There you go. I had held it down after clicking the mouse, and I needed it. Hold it down beforehand so if I want to put a drop shot on a bunch of these layers, I just hold down the option key Alta windows before I click on the word drop Shadow and I drag it to another layer and I could do that. Dragon it to as many layers as I would like. That's weird. Why don't put too? Oh, I was holding on Command wasn't looking at the keyboard, but that's kind of ineffective. To put it on, let's say a dozen layers, because it's gonna be a dozen times that you end up dragging that. So there is another way that you can get this drop shadow to be on the other layers. If you right click on it. There's a choice that is called copy layer style, and those effects that are applied collectively are known as layer styles in after right clicking on it in choosing copy layer style. Then I could select all the layers that I want, and I'm gonna select here everything except for the text, and then you can right click on any one of the layers. It shouldn't really matter which one, and you're gonna find a choice within this menu. called paste layer style, and that should apply it to the other layers that are currently selected. So now I have drop shadows on all of those layers. Now, once I've done that in my layers panel, my layers are starting to look pretty busy. And that's where I might want to collapse down the little triangle next to the letters that fact. So I don't have to see that on every single one of my layers. Now there is a trick even use, and that is, you can show or hide all of the effects by holding on the option key Alton windows when you click on that little triangle and that will either expand all of them or collapse them all, Adobe did at a different feature. That's getting in the way, though. Did you notice that it zoomed up on my picture when I did that? If you option, click on the name of a layer, it'll zoom up to fill whatever is in that layer, have it fill your screen, and Adobe hasn't changed that to make it so, it ignores the little triangle. It's on the right. So when I option click to expand or collapse. All of those it happened to zoom up as well. Anyway, Now we have all sorts of layers going on in our layers pale, and we have what's known as either layer styles or layer effects, which are drop shadow and our stroke. And the only thing I think I'd like to do now, Yes, I want to change the color of the stroke because I use the default color. Uh, and I'd like to start adjusting or pictures. So to change the color of the stroke, I first need to figure out where it is in my layers panel. Well, I know it's on the text and I can see the text right here. So a click of a little triangle to the right of that to expand it. And there I see. I have a drop shadow and a stroke to get back into the settings for any of thes. Just double click on their names. Not the eyeball, but the name. So if I double click on the word stroke, it brings me right back into the settings for it. Here I can see a setting called Color, and I see a black rectangle. If I click within that I get a color picker. And then while the color picker is open, I can actually move my mouse onto my image and click within it to pick colors right out of the picture. Click OK to indicate him done. But now that white background is really glaring at me, and I'd like it to be more interesting than that. So I'm gonna go find another image from bridge to uses a background before I do that. Look in my layers panel at the layer that's currently active and realize that, as the text in that text has something special going on directly above it. And that is, there's a photograph up there, and if you look at that layer above, you see a down pointing arrow indicating that it's clipped to the layer that's below so that it's on Lee showing up where the text is Well, right now, if I drag over another picture, the picture is usually going to show up directly above the layer. I'm working on because that's how layers work. It always creates new layers directly above the one you're working on, and so let's see what happens when I go over here to bridge. I choose a background text read like you do to use and drag it over. Then I'm gonna resize it, just making sure that it fits the entirety of this document and I'll press returner entered a indicate. I'm done notice that it broke what I had set up before. Now this layer that contains the photograph that used to be clipped to some text is now clipped to this background texture, and that means this only shows up where the background texture is. Well, the background texture fills the entire image, so this shows up wherever it usually would. So sometimes you'll end up breaking certain effects that were in there. So let's click on that photo that's above, and I'm gonna click on its name and move it again. So it's right above the text. It didn't keep that down. 20 narrow, though, so I need to figure out how to put it back in. I'll go to the layer menu, and there's a choice called create clipping mask. That's what I use the very first time we got that photograph to show up inside the text. That's what gets that down pointing arrow to appear. It's our deceit that is clipped to the text because we have something else on top of it that's covering up our entire document. Because the way layers work is if you're standing at the top of the layers panel looking down, and whatever the top most thing is is what you're seeing. First, even if it fills your entire document, it's obscuring your view of everything that's under it. So I either need to turn off the eyeball for that to hide it. Or in my case, I want to re position where it is in the layers panel. So click on its name and I'll drag it way down here. Now we have a nice little backdrop.

Class Description

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  • 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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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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