Layer Tricks


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


Lesson Info

Layer Tricks

And now what I want to show you is the little things that cia six improved for handling layers for example, you see over here in my layers panel, we'll zoom in a little bit, but I've got a bunch of different smart objects, okay? If I zoom out, I can tell that those smart objects, those layers are what's, causing all this texture that is going on in the background of this image. For example, if I turn off one of those texture layers that I brought in, you see just there plain old image that I started with, which is a guitar shot on brown paneling boring. So earlier, when we were talking about changing blend modes of layers, this is what I was talking about, so I brought in a layer and I'll go ahead and turning on and changes fly much normalcy can see what it used to look like turn off my text so here's thie original image ok, so I changed the blend motive, this image and it's causing it's a lot like I've got texture going on on that dark paneling, which I really don't okay, so changing ...

the blend mode is how I did that and blend modes air covered quite exhaustively in the c s five intensive training, all right, so go ahead internal on another one of my layers now let's say you were really building this ad ok? And you had played around with with blend moves and again they determine how color on one layer interacts or cancels out color on other layers let's say you were playing with the's blend moves and you found one that really worked well for this image maybe like this one and maybe you lower the opacity of that texture layer you don't want it to overpower when you're adding texture and building up a background like this but you do want to add visual interest least highlight gives your piece a lot of depth okay? So if I was an experiment with it but with a bunch of different possibilities for that I might bring in a slew of other images just to test out and see if I like what they look like so let's say that I have that I want to hide the layer I started with and bring in a new one just to see what it's gonna look like well used to be when a layer was temporarily hidden by turning office visibility I you could not see any of its attributes you couldn't see its blend mood you couldn't see its opacity couldn't see it's phil so in other words, if I click on a layer that's hidden like this one right here I have the visibility I turned off and we move up to the top of our layers panel and c s six, you can now see the attributes of hidden layers in c s five this would be this would read normal the's would read one hundred he wouldn't see any of these settings for layers that you temporarily turned off when this is handy is when you're experimenting like I'm doing with this document right here, I've already found the blend mode in an opacity sitting that works for this particular background, but let's say, I just brought this one in, and I don't remember what the settings were of the hidden layer. Now I can just click on it and see them without having to turn the darn thing on, which is what you'd have to do in previous versions, so that's handy, so seeing the hidden seeing attributes of hidden layers is very handy. So without having to turn that back on, I could simply click on this new layer, and now I know because I just clicked on the other he didn't want to see that I said it to color dodge a capacity of thirty t smack a click on the new layer I brought in changes blend mood to color dodge, change the opacity to somewhere around the thirty percent range to see if those same settings would work for this new background. So it's it's neat for experimentation with things like that, so seeing the attributes of hidden layers another, anything that you can do and see a six that we've never been able would be before is to change those attributes of several layers in mass. So for example, again with the same document you can see here that I've got a couple of other image layers that I'm experimenting list at texture to my original photos, background and let's say that now that I've learned that I used color dodge on the original layer that I started out with let's say, I want to change both of these two color dodge at the same time. Ok, so here's the other two backgrounds I brought in to see if those will work on top of that would to change the attributes of multiple airs on time. They do need to be visible. Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and use the poppet many and choose color dodge blame. Oh, poppet many. And now I'm gonna go ahead and change. Well, I didn't have the other inactivated did commit. All right, well, back up and start over. All right, so activate all the layers that you want to change. So I've got one of them active our race that can shift, click toe activate the other one or if you want to activate layers that are not consecutive to each other or in other words on top of each other in the layers panel you can command or control click them so see if I could if I control or command click that layer up there then it's activated as well but as you can see since it's hidden and locked out of all those attributes okay, so to change the attributes of multiple layers they do have to be visible so go ahead and shift click to activate these two layers and then you can see that all those attributes here my blend mo poppet menu my capacity and my feel they're all active that's a brand new thing and seeing a six used to you had to change those suckers individually and depending upon how many layers you're working with, that could take up a lot of time, you know? And certainly it'll drive you a little bit crazy put you in a bad mood because clicked activate mass it to the top of the layers panel change the blend met me and he changed the opacity changed to feel all the while you're like adobe why can't we do this all at one time right now? So now I think I'm appeared to the blend though menu and she's color dodge peak and set the opacity of thirty percent the's settings may not work perfectly on all the different backgrounds that are brought in, but they're a good starting point since I found one that worked settings that weren't previously concern. Lee started their cells and back out, and now I can turn my text back on, and I can quickly go through here and see which one of these backgrounds I like the best just by toppling the visibilities often on so there's one that probably doesn't work, but this one works pretty well. I like that here's another one that was kind of iffy that was still works very well, so the ability to activate multiple layers change those blend mode, opacity and phil settings at the same time, as well as to see the blend mode capacity and phil settings for hidden layers is a really nice productivity feature that we've just never had in photo shop, so that is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful thing. Any questions on that part before we move on to duplicating multiple layers in the man's? We do have a question from the chat room caroline from edmonton, alberta, in response to the blend modes a lot of action jews passed through, but she's not seeing that as an option, they remove that or do you know what she's talking about? Passed through is only an option if you've used layer groups. So when you've grouped layers into a folder like we did earlier to organize them, then on that group, that photoshopped sets it to a balloon. Motive passed through, which is basically it's way of saying, hey, any adjustment. Layers that may live above that group are going to trickle down through the group and affects those layers as well. That's all it is, but you'll only see that blend mode if you're using layer groups.

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!