Opening Files in Photoshop
So I'm gonna go ahead and expand my group here and the first technique that we're going to do is a fun little technique and if you've got photo shopper elements on your machine I think this will be useful for you. This is probably the most frequently asked question I get from creators and how to do this in photo shop how do you push a photo through text? What we're going to look at it and you won't believe how simple it is so it's open an image in photo shop you could do it in a couple different ways you can use a keyboard shortcut which is command or control e so you could think of that for edit in or you can activate the photo that you want to open trot up to the photo menu while you're in the library module and shoes edit in and you can see we've got all kinds of options here so here's our our first editor that we set up in the preferences and then here's our second editor that we set up in the preferences and you can access those with a keyboard shortcut now back over in preference...
is really quickly if you say the preset of these settings right here by choosing this poppet menu save current settings is a pre set then and I've done that here for you it's called elements then you're going to see that in that preset minnie right here so these other items that you're seeing in my menu are plug ins that I got from nick software so they'll show it there as well so we're going to go ahead and say it in a photo shop cc but first I want to show you because light room is right click happy correct so we can right click or control click on the thumbnail itself and we get that same edit in menu so we'll say photoshopped give it a second don't be impatient the's there big honk and files people leave this fifty megabytes it's big so give it a second and it'll open but not if you didn't set up elements in there right away that it will never open so here we are in a photo shop and the technique we're going to do is we're just going to make this photo come through a piece of tech so I'm gonna press t to grab my type tool I'm gonna click atop my image and I'm gonna type the word I can't tell if my caps lock key is on now I'm in a mouse away from my text and I'm gonna drag the text a top wine on me and now I'm gonna double click the text and I'm a music keyboard shortcut to resize it visually and that keyboard shortcut is shift command greater than on a mac or shift control greater than on a pc and if you argue in this technique at home you want to choose a font that is very thick because you you need space for the photo to be visible through it so don't even try this on a script fun because the characters would be so thin you won't see the photo so it's kind of pointless when you get it formatted the way you like then we're going to come over here to the layers panel and I'm just going to double quick thes panel tabs to collapse them so you can see my layers panel right here we need to put the text layer beneath the photo layer because the way it works is that finish often elements both really happy to take what's on this layer the top layer and shove it through the shape of whatever is on the layer underneath it so we need to flip flop are layer stacking order to do that we need to double click this background layer to get rid of that padlock else photoshopped will squawk it us tell us we can't do that so I'm just going to double click it press return and now I can drag that photo layer higher in the layer stacking order so that it appears above the text layer now I can shove this photo through the shape of what's on the layer underneath it which just happens to be text with the keyboard shortcut and that is option on a mac or a halt on the pc while you're holding down that modifier ke you're gonna point your cursor to the dividing line between the two layers, and when you see your cursor change into this little square with a downward pointing arrow to the left of it, you're going to single click and that's just shoving what's on the top layer through the shape of what's on the layer underneath it. And that is absolutely all there is to it. If you want to move the photo around within the text, make sure that layer is active, overhearing your layers panel and I know this one is active because it's colored it looks like a an odd color blue. So now I'm gonna grab my move tool by pressing the wiki or by activating in the tools panel, and that lets me move the photo around within the text. And if you want to move both the photo and the text at the same time, then just shift. Click to activate the second layer and now you can move him around together. And that's how easy it is to push a photo through text pretty slick, huh? So let's see just a couple of other things that you might do here so that we can see it all back over in light room so I'm gonna add a new background color because now I got transparency going on I know I have transparent because the background is a checkerboard so let's try it down here to the bottom of the layers panel or the top of the layers panel and elements click the half black, half white circle and from the top of the resulting menu choose solid color and then you can just pick a color from the resulting color picker whatever color you would like sometimes I like to mouse over to the image while the color picker is open and when you do and when you don't have the caps lock key on see how my cursor changes when I have the caps lock key if you mouse away from the color picture while your caps lock is often you get a eyedropper and you can click to snatch up colors that already live in the image. I like to do that a lot I've had color theory I fully understand color theory but I'm not going to spend fifteen minutes sitting here trying to think of complementary colors that were going to go with this photo just mouse away from the color picker and anywhere you click you're going to be picking up that color in the image so it's a gonna go with it? Some will look better than others but it's a great place to start so I'm gonna pick up this kind of cream color from the plume area and then click okay and then just drag that layer down to the bottom of your layers stack and that becomes your new background layer. The reason I like to use this is called a phil layer is because if I want to experiment with that color, all I have to do is double click this layer thumbnail and that opens the color picture again so I can experiment with my color very easily that way click okay now the last thing I might do to this I might add a nice little stroke or an outline around the text and add the obligatory drop shadow does john know? Do you know that she can charge seventy five dollars per drop shadow? So we're going to click the effects button at the bottom of the layers panel and we're going to choose stroke and I'm gonna click the little color swatch and the resulting layer style dialog and again I'm in amounts over here and snatch up a color that lives in the image for my outline and the reason I like tio tio add a little color to my outlines is that if there's any part of the photo, that is the same color as the background it's going like the letter characters open in bleeding out on the page, which is really disturbing, so I like to give it a little outline just to finish it off. But I do like it to be very subtle, so I typically back off of the opacity with it so that it's barely there click okay, oops! I could've added my drop shadow why was there so? We'll go back to the effects panel choose drop shadow scooted out of the way when a mouse over to the actual document and you khun, drag your shadow around. This is really like a teaser for all my photo shop classes, but we are we are going to repeat this technique here in a second, so don't worry about it s o and then I just increased the size to make the shadow nice and soft and that's it. So here we are in photo shop. How on earth do we get backto light room? We need to save the file if you don't want to change the name of the file and again, this is up to you, then just press command s on a macro control ass on a pc or choose file save but if you want to change the name of the file, if you want let's, say, give it a client name and maybe at a notation about what technique you did, you know, like a wine on me photo through text you something that's or ad campaign or whatever it is that you're making. You could do that too. Just if you choose save as you're going to get a dialog box, just don't change the location of the file it's final change the name just don't change the location because if you change the location, light room isn't going to know anything about it. So this filing these toe live in the same folder in which it in which light room thinks it's in that's the only way it's going to see the file so you can rename it just don't move it anywhere, so we're just gonna go ahead and shoo save and then when we close this file and go back over to light room it's going to be there, so we'll close it now we'll come back over to light room, there she blows, there she is. Now, your next question will be, will this always happen if you open if you send the file to fund a shot from light room? And you do not move the location of that final when you say that this will always happen you'll always see it here in light room now if you feel behind light rooms back and you open this image behind light rooms back and you do this technique light room's not going to see it is that the end of the world? Absolutely not because you can always come up here to the file menu and say in port photos and video chat room was happy to read a psd file so you can bring it back in the light room if that has been the case or if you have existing psd is that you would like to be able to organize and view and manage from within light room than you can do it that way yes sir uh does it save the psd in the same thoughts? The same folders of cr to yes. Ok. Yes. Great question since we just did a straight save over in photo shot we didn't move the file so wherever it wass that's where it stays so in this case that is with the raw files. Yeah, so what happens if you have light room open and you send the file over to photo shop and you do some editing and you quit light room light ones not to see the file so you want to keep both programs open while you're doing this back and forth business that's really the big deal okay now let's say we want to re open that file tio there we go ok let's say we're ready to go back to the shop now so we can use our saying keep your shortcut command e or control e or any of those other menu items that we looked at so I've got the psd file selected and I know it's a psd because I can see it's file name here in the library of you so we're going to press commander control e now we have a question we have a decision to make what we want to do here do we want teo edit a copy of this file with the light room adjustments? No because the coffee is not going to have our layers intact so we don't want to choose edit a copy from this one either what we want to do is choose edit the original if we edit the original, then we're going to get our layers intact so let me just show you what happens here so we're going to choose edit a copy like who's happy to open in photo shop wait, I have another go at that all right, okay edit a copy with light room a distance now this one should be flat yea it's flat so you don't want to do that so you want to always when you're when you've made a psd file, you want to always be opening the original unless you want to apply a different effect don't say go backto light rin so if we one and two apply a different effect to that psd file, we could edit a copy. What what that's going to do is copy the psd file, so then you end up with a duplicate psd, and if you want to create a completely different effect using that imagery than that would be fine. But you know what? We would be duplicating the psd file in that case, but for the most part you're going to stick with editing the original that's going to open the psd file without copying it. This one will always flatten it if it had layers also, if you had a path in your file, so if he usually use the pen tool ever in photo shop and you do a path to create a complex selection, if you choose this, edit a copy with light room adjustments after you're back in light room than that will strip out your path. So for the most part, when you're dealing with ptsd is to reopen them from within light room, you want to be sticking with edit original now let's, take a look at how that process differs on ajay pig so I have activated a j peg here in the library of you how do I know it's a j pig well I see the j p g at the top right of that photo sale and again if you're not seeing that then you need to open your library view options and change those and you can do that through the view menu view options or commander control jay you can control all the pieces info that you're seeing there so let's go ahead and press ah command or control e and now I'm getting the style log box like we just saw when we reopened the psd why? Because in dealing with a j peg not a raw file so when you open a raw file and photoshopped you know that's what you get you don't have to go through this dialog box or do I want to make you make a copy of it or what have you but you will see this if you are opening a j pig okay so this time we can choose edit a coffee with light room adjustments why do we want to do that if we choose edit original in this case so here we're dealing with a j peg then we're going to get the original unedited file that we imported into light room so let's just look at that let's say edit original come over here and photoshopped id cropped all this out in light room I adjusted it, and I had cropped this thing down to about this dimension right here, so what edit original does when you're trying to open a j peg, is it goes and opens the original j peg that you imported into light room, so that isthe sands any of the adjustments or changes that you made in light room? So if you're if you want to do that, instead, you're going to choose, edit a copy with light room adjustments. So now, when we click the edit button, I get the photo in photo shop that I expect with all of my light room adjustments and with the cropping that I did in light room. So when you're dealing with a j peg that you have edited in light room and you want to edit it and photoshopped now, then make sure to choose, edit a copy with light room adjustments, but if it's a psd that you've created triggered from light room and then it's back in light room, if you want to reopen that psd, then you want to choose at it original, so I promised we'd do that technique again. So let's, press tiki to grant the type tool, click it off our document type in a word, in short, words, work better than long words, because arguably, this does reduce readability on the word, shoving a photo through it, so you want to choose a big fat font like I said earlier, and you want to make sure that it's, not a really long word denver airport has a great example of this technique really large, large banner when you're going on the people movers and colorado is famous for its mining school is famous for other things right now, but we're not gonna talk about that, but for the mining school there's, this big, huge banner and the word mining, they've done this exact technique, but they've brought a separate photo through each letter. So how would you do that? You would need to put each letter on its own type player, so that gives you separate layers for each letter, and then you can shove a different photo through the different letters of the word, so they've done that I keep meat and take a picture of it so I can show off my glasses. Okay, so now we've got our tech set up, and we just need to change the layer stacking order because you remember we're going to take what's on the top layer and shove it through the shape of what's on the layer underneath it, so photo shop or elements both will squawk it us if we try to move a layer underneath a locked layer of any kind, so we just need to get rid of that padlock so let's, just double click that layer in press return and that gets rid of it. Yeah, now we can drag it up in our layer stack now it's a modifier key keyboard shortcut situation, so we're going to press and hold the option. Chiana mac are all on the pc point to the dividing line between the two layers. When you see your cursor change either to this little square with it down it down, we're pointing arrow or if you're in a photo shop cs five in earlier it's going to be intersecting circles, cursor changed and cia six give it a single click and that shoves the photo right through the shape of whatever is underneath that. Whether this is text, whether it's a brush stroke that you made on the transparent layer, imagine that one anything shape anything, anything you drop with the pen tool as long as whatever is on this layer has some transparency to it, then that photo will grow through the other part of it so now does quickly let's click on the uh, tex layer come down here to our effects panel let's go ahead and add a stroke changed the color of the stroke let's click the color swatch come over here to the image grab any color that's their drop the opacity of that stroke now while we're in the slayer style dialog let's click drop shadow and we can mouse over to our image and drag that drop shadow around I can't tell you how many folks don't know you can do that they try to dink around with this angle slider every here and I just snicker it's so hard I mean unless you're an engineer, how would you ever know that I like my drop shot was one hundred forty one degrees never going to happen now server to the image clicking dragging around I nearly whipped when I figured that one out and then to make it really soft, grab the size slider and drag it to the right okay now let's add another solid color background so let's trot down to the half black half white circle the bottom of your layers panel in photoshopping leaves at the top of your layers panel in elements into solid color and now we can click any color we want. If we wanted to roll with white this time we could click quite or we could mouse over to our image and pick up a color that lives in it but let's just roll with white for right now click okay and then dragged that new layer down to the bottom of your layers stack and there's your little piece of art this is a great way to accentuate a prize winning photo for say, your website or marketing materials or you could even put this on the back of a business car sundial effect to have in your in your bag of tricks so now let's come into the file menu and shoes safe if you don't want to rename it or save as if you do want to rename it but if you choose save as don't move the file location or you won't see it back in my room so let's choose save and now we can come back overto light room when it finished saving and we see our other image right there any questions on that part before we moved to opening files is a smart object things were looking good on the internet lisa how about in studio thing joe when you're editing a psd file in light room is the capability similar to j peg or is a closer to the raw? I'm not sure I understand the question wait you mean like if we added this file in light room can you can you add it in develop mode? Is that cape? Is the functionality similar to the the baked cookie or the ingredients? Well you're not going to be able to access any of these layers whose light room doesn't understand layers at all so if you wanted to you could go over to the develop module and you could do things to that file here and it's full quality and lost inequality so because we started out with our original jpeg from the camera we ended it non destructively light room then we sent a copy of that j peg over to photo shop so if the quality is good over there and then we save it as a psd which is full quality and now we're back over here in light room I'm sorry I'm in if you are importing a raw file in the photo shop you make changes in photoshopped imported back in the light room do you still have the raw functionality of the raw file that you well it's a psd at that point yeah so it's a different file format it's not ah lawsuit file format but it's a different kind of file format but if you start making changes in the developed module to that psd file those changes we're going to be non destructive just like everything else we've seen so if we come down here we'll just make a little change so we'll do an angio in yet uh they're so great okay, so now if we come over here to the history panel on the left hand side, we've got our history so if we decide to continue editing a psd file in the developed module here in light room it doesn't behave just like a raw file so the history stacks up we're not making another copy of it. It becomes a photo record that points to that original psd file. But honestly, adobe will caution you against editing in both places, back and forth, because things can get a little bit squirmy and a little bit tough to keep track of what you did wear. So I try not to go back into the develop module. Once I've been in photo shop, I try to, like, complete my work in light room, go to photo shot for the special effect. It kind of stuff. If I need teo and then bring it back into the light room, either to manage it there, to use it and these other modules, I try not to go back to the develop module, but that doesn't mean you can't. So thank thank you for for asking that question.