Interface Changes and the Properties Panel


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


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Interface Changes and the Properties Panel

So here we are in photo sauce, brand new interface in, no matter what version you're upgrading from it's gonna look a whole lot different. Okay, so it got its first new paint job in twenty two years. Yeah, and we have a dark gray interface, which I can tell you is very easy on the eyes. Okay, so it's going to reduce eyestrain? If you're not a fan of the new color, you can choose from three other actually one shade darker, too tense, lighter on the interface, and one of those tents lighter is the old color, so if you hate it, don't paint it because you can absolutely go back. You can change those colors by trotting up to the photo shop menu or the edit menu on a pc, and you're going to open preferences and you can find these new color themes in the interface preferences, pain. Okay, so here they are right here he just single click the little color swatches to change the color, so if I want to go a shade darker, I can click that dark charcoal gray, which is actually nice, and I keep mine...

at home on this alive it's really great for allowing me to see the color of my images more accurately eliminates a lot of it is distracting elements, and my eyes really did get tired of looking at that really light gray in her face all the time kind of hurts love it if you stare at it too long. So this is the default color and here's a temps lighter, and this last one on the right is the color from c s five so that's, how you can change that back. You can also access the's color things with the keyboard shortcut in that is shift if one goes darker, just press shift in f one repeatedly shift if two goes lighter. Okay, now, if you're on a mac, you may have to tell your macintosh to let the function keys function as function keys, and you can do that in system preferences. Go into your keyboard pain, I believe, is where that isthe so let's. Go ahead and go back to the default by pressing f two to go one shade, one tent lighter. There we go, so I could say I really do like the new interface you'll also notice is that photoshopped zippier. This version is built on the new graphics engine called the mercury graphics engine isthe smoking fast. This is one of the first times that I really noticed the speed increase, usually a day, he says, oh, you know, performance boost faster and I'm using it I don't really feel faster, and I usually do work on the latest and greatest computers, but admittedly I'm on a laptop because I'm traveling most of the time, so maybe if I was on a desktop machine, I would see more of a speed boost, but this one c s six, it really does feel faster. The mercury graphics engine takes advantage of your computer's graphics processing unit. You'll hear that called gpu around nerdy watercooler circles, and that speeds up a lot of live previous on things like free, transform, liquefy puppet war puppet work more and take a look at tomorrow late afternoon. You won't believe how fast it is, and so it speeds up a lot of things so that's really nice. You'll also notice that there's no application bar at the top of the screen. Okay, so things that used to be roosting up there in the application bar are now sprinkled throughout the menu system or the tools panel. Now the ones that I used to use the most often in the application bar was the arrange documents many so if I pop up in another image, more superheroes, so if I help on a pop up another image, I've got two images open up in tabs here. But what if I need to see them both at the same time? Well, in the application borrow, there was a handle icon and you could just give it a click and photo shop would set up your workspace that you could see everything that was open next to each other. Well, that's gone, it lives back in the window many which is where it was before we got the dad gum application, bar back and see us for anyway. So if you need to see more than one document at the same time, tried up through the window menu and you're going to choose thie, arrange seven minute and that's, where all of those controls are icons, rather that used to live in the arrange documents menu in the applications bar wind. So, for example, if I click the two up vertical adam that I can see both images vertically at the same time, and if I'd rather see them horizontally, I can choose to a horizontal so there's a pretty self explanatory, but that's where that stuff lives. Thea other thing that used to be an application bar that I use all the time before I learned the keyboard shortcut is to swap screen moves, so I'll go ahead and close that one image, so stream most simply changes which toolbars and panels are visible okay, so that used to be a menu up here and now that many lives at the very bottom of your tools panel and I'm gonna go ahead and click to make my tools panel two columns so you can see it I'm just going to click that little double triangle at the top left of the tools panel and now you can see some minor was that were below my screen so here's the screen mode menu right here so that used to live in the applications far so as you see however there is a little keyboard shortcut beside these menu items in this if and that's your keyboard shortcut for cycling through the different screen most flu shot past so my advice is just remember if and then just keep tapping it and that will cycle you three all the screamers and I'll show you what I mean. For example this mode is where I have the application frame turned on and that's turned on by default right out of the box so that means that your whole photo shop environment is movable so for example, if I click the title bar up here I can move my whole photo shot world or realm around on my desktop you know, move it out of the way onto another screen for example if I need tio if you hate that application framed you can turn it off up the window menu crews on down toward the bottom in turn off application frame if you do that, then photoshopped kind of takes over your whole screen in your windows become floating and you can see your desktop out behind there. The application frame came along and see us four and some folks love it and some folks not so much I've gotten used to and I like it, so I keep it on so this is the way the application frame looks and if you press the f key to toggle your screen moves, then you're going to go through them one at a time. This takes you out of application frame and makes photoshopped take up your whole window case you cannot move the environment around anymore, so I just pressed f once press f again and this is my favorite scream oat innit highs all of your toolbars, your panel's everything put your image full screen on a black background, so I'll zoom out a little bit by person command or control minus and you can kind of see what that looks like. This is a great screen mode to pop into you when you're creating and design and you just want to kind of take a step back and see what you think about it, you know, sit back and ponder your creation for a moment it's also great to evaluate a color correcting see if you like what you've done on that black background it's really nice and it's a great way to show off images if you have a client step into your office and you want to you know show them a cop for example so you just keep pressing the f key to cycle through those okay? So that's probably the easiest keyboard shortcut to remember and just remember f for full screen of how I remember it I'll give you all kinds of wacky ways to remember keyboard short kids all right, so the next thing I want to talk about is the properties panel ok, so that's another big change and c s six in c s five we got I believe we got the adjustments panel in the adjustments panel was great because it lets you create what's called adjustment layers in adjustment layers or simply your way of telling photo shop hey this knicks adjustment or change and I want to make to my image if you would do it on its own layer and that's non destructive so it doesn't harm your original image. Okay, so the change that you make whatever that is happens on a whole other layer that's called an adjustment layer and we got the ability to add the adjustment layers of the panel and that's this panel right over here I think it came along and cs four c s five I'm not real sure well, in that panel, if you were to let's say, create a levels adjustment layer will just do one real quick here just for the heck of it. If you were to create a level suggest mint thie sliders in the history graham would show up in the adjustments panel well in c s six and don't be moved thie the actual adjustment isthe self its controls off into another panel called the properties panel. So you do have one additional panel here and see a six let me go ahead and make a little change to this image. What we're gonna do is we're going to make it black and white, and I'm going to give you a tip on my favorite way to create a black and white, and this is actually in c s five intensive training is to set your colored ships to the default of black and white by pressing d cats another easy keeper torque it d for default. Take a peek at the color chips at the bottom of your tools panel make sure that black is on top, then trot over to the layers panel and click the little half black, half white circle at the very bottom of that layers panel and to use grady at map and lo and behold, you will get the most beautiful black and my image you've ever seen really nice high contrast I let it ok so again, when you do that kind of thing photo shop opens at the controls for that particular adjustment layer in a property's panel ok, other things that appear in the properties panel let me go ahead and add a layer mask to my original layer here because I want to show you that I'm asking is now the masks panel is gone and it's controls or in the properties panel too? Ok let's go ahead and add a layer mass by clicking that circle within a square icon at the very bottom of the screen and now we've got a little layer mask here on the right hand side and if I want tio do anything to that mask aiken simply double click it and all the controls that used to be in the masks panel are in this property panel as well. So properties panel the content will change according tio what adjustment layer you you're working with or you've added or what kind of mask that you're messing with. Okay, so masks panel is gone as well. A question from mary from costa rica is can you move around that properties panel so it won't block part of the picture while doing an adjustment absolutely that's a great question so I'm going I can open it up in several different ways I could double click one of my adjustment layers if I've added one in my layers panel or you could double click a mask if you've got a mass going on so well let's go ahead and double click this levels are grading map adjustment layer rather so right now this panel is docked ok so glued to rather this bar on the right hand side of the screen you can collapse it by clicking the double pointing right facing triangles like that click the click a little icon to open it back up but those panels don't have to stay docked or glued to the screen you can free them you can liberate them so what you do is you click the dark gray part next to the tab of the panel itself and then you just drag it off to wherever you want it on your screen okay so I can move that thing around wherever I'd like and you can do that with any panel not just the not just the properties panel and you can also resize these panel so let me drag it up to the top of the screen siachen see there's a little a corner handle he can see it looks like a little dotted area with texture and as soon as you have in your mouse over that bottom right corner then you get a double sided arrow and when you get that cursor then you can click and drag to make that panel bigger or smaller now where that gets super exciting is in things like curves. So let me create a curves adjustment layer of quick. So now, for the first time, we can resize our curves panel window so that you can see that stuff better and that's a really great thing. So if you could if you had two monitors, you could free this properties panel and stick it over here on your second monitor, freeing up one monitor just for your image. So that's a handy thing. So a question from crazy cat studio in texas what you just showed us with the black and white. When is that image grayscale or still argue be for printing purposes. It's still our gp great question, catherine and below it is absolutely an rgb image. It is not pure grayscale image. And what she's really asking is because in printing, you know, when you, when you send something to professional printing press, you get charged for how many plates that correspond to the colors that are needed to comprise that image. So interpreting pressure, usually dealing with sai image into yellow and black. Okay, seeing my case, you've got four plates, all right, four colors that are printing too meshed together to make your full color image. To save printing costs, you can create true grayscale images where in you don't have all those colors in the document this method of making the image black and why is not a true grayscale, though you can get there from here? Okay, so if you needed to do that to create a riel grayscale document where there are no color channels in it, okay, so at the printing company, you're only going to get charged for one plate, which is black. All right, whites free so you could go. Katherine, after you add this grady and map adjustment layer, you could go up to the image menu, choose mode, and then you could choose grayscale. And when you do find a shop is going to ask you, hey, don't emerge layers they don't merge and then it's going to ask you if you really want to discard your color information and when you click discard, then this document does become a riel grayscale document. So if you do send this to a printing press, you're not going to get charged for those three other place of color. Great question. Okay. And then, um, brian boeing photo and joshua reber also asked if you do black and white with a grady in't map. Can you tweak the image? It seems to lack control of the normal black and white panel. That's a that's a personal preference also great question with the grady and map adjustment layer, you tend to produce black and winds that have a bit higher contrast, but you don't have any sliders that you can tweak the contrast to yourself if you were to use a black and white adjustment layer. Instead, I'm gonna go ahead and re dock my properties panel right there by dragging it back in to get it out of the way. So, for example, if we created a black and white, adjust the layer instead, you get all these wonderful sliders that you can use to tweet contrast so if you drag a side or to the right foot shot lightens that color wherever it appears in your image, if you drag it to the left foot shot darkens that color wherever it appears in your image. It's a personal preference on which one you'd rather use. I tend to use the grady and map adjustment later myself because I like the contrast it introduces and I'm often a little short on time, so I don't have a lot of time to tweak those sliders, which you could do either one.

Class Description

Lesa Snider returns to CreativeLive for an intensive Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tutorial. Whether you've already upgraded or are still deciding, Lesa shows you practical yet non-destructive editing techniques you can use every day. This 3-day course is a perfect companion to Lesa's previous Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 tutorial on CreativeLive.

Lesa dives further in-depth into advanced filters such as Puppet Warp, Liquify, and Lighting Effects, which all take advantage of the new processing power of Adobe® Photoshop® CS6. Lesa also spends a full day covering Adobe® Photoshop® CS6's brand new video features.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6


Alvin Lim

Lesa's methodical way of coaching is done with ease and clarity. Together with John Greengo and Sue Bryce, she is one of my favourite mentors in CL. I purchased her CS5 and even before finishing it got the CS6 intensive class. Now Photoshop is no monster to fear but a powerful monster to create impact-fully beautiful photos. Good for both beginners and advance users!