Q&A: Layers


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


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Q&A: Layers

Actually you haven't talked about this yet it connects find the difference between phil and capacity yes it's easiest to do with with text and we have a I've got a great technique for that on friday you can think of anything that's solid you can reduce with capacity okay so here we have our little hippie chicks and I'll find one that I lowered the opacity on we'll do this one right here so opacity effects whatever is on that layer when we get into using text tools and some of photo shops shape tools you can add what's called a stroke or an outline around those items in that case if you added a stroke and on to see if I can do it with these guys if I add a stroker outline and I'll make it a color we're not using so it's visible there we go and we're going to go over this stuff at a later time it's just I need to do something to show the difference between that ok so if I lower opacity everything that's on that layer drops and opacity what's inside the outline and the outline itself if I...

lower just the phil the outline doesn't change so if it's an object that has an inside and an outside phil will only change the inside not so much a vector thing it's a it's a two part thing if the item has an outline in a in an inside an outside and inside in any in an audi then capacity will drop the capacity of all of it phil only drop the capacity of the inside bit great question I've been under a little bit to get rid of that other question elisa claudine had asked me to tell you oh that's so nice that you speak so clearly and slowly that even foreigners can understand you well thank you that's good to know I have a question from dorian who would like to know when you when you dragged to a larger canvas you automatically get transparent pixels but dorian gets background color very good for ever again the reason you're getting a background color is because the background layer was locked when you use the crop tool to increase the canvas size so the fixes to before you use the crop told increased canvas ized double click that background there to make sure it's unlocked and then when you use the crop till you're going to get transparent pixels question from louise a can I have an adjustment layer to affect only one layer absolutely we're going to get into that tomorrow but a sneak peak is once you've created an adjustment layer I'm gonna click to activate it you get what's called a um adjustment panel and there is a little button inside the adjustment panel that lets you say hey adjustment layer please if you would on ly affect the layer directly underneath okay, so the phil layer doesn't have it but levels dust I'll show you the button the button is this guy right there? It looks like two intersecting circles okay, so if you have created an adjustment layer and you want it to affect on lee the layer that's directly underneath instead of every layer that's underneath then you have to click this little intersecting circle right here and that lives within your adjustments panel we're going to get into more of that I believe on thursday adrian j um asked without being so dependent on the mouse are there any shortcuts to cycle through the layers or move layers there are I can't remember any of them at the moment there's this great book on photos off its coffee shops cease fire the missing manual there's a whole page of layer shortcuts in there yes okay man breaking command in the bracket keys move your layers up and down whichever layers selected on very good so command bracket or the right bracket the same one that we used for brush size okay, so command on the macro control on a pc well I'ii to cycle through layers thank you so much. Great question from leslie lee photo what does the's select similar layers d'oh that deals with uh well ok let's say for example, you've got a document and you've got a slew of text layers let's say they're all one fund and let's say your art director said I hate that fund change all those funds if you acted click to activate one type player in the new choose select similar layers photo shop will activate all the other type players in the document so you could change your funds in one fell swoop so it finds other similar layers so if you had an adjustment layer active similar layers would find all the other adjustment layers in our case we've just got image layers so it would select them all ok most useful when using type players. So sam cox had asked, is it possible to select and change more than one layer at the same time? Yes, you can if you want to select our activate like when you're dealing with layers you really want to change the words you use can be confusing okay when you're talking about layers you want to use the term activate because you're activating ok, because selections are home other thing and photoshopped those air the marching is that we saw I try to really get people into the habit of don't use selecting that verb when you're talking about layers it's more of an activation thing I'm not fessing and just it's helpful for me you know when I was learning it so I figure it will be to you so you activate the layers if you want to activate layers that are close to each other consecutive layers then you can click one and you do want to get into the habit of clicking on the thumbnail not over here because if you click over here for a shot think she want to rename it okay, so you want to get in the habit of clicking over here and then if you want to select layers that are in a row, you can shift click the last one okay or the other one and photo shop will activate everything that's in between now if you want tio activate layers that are not consecutive okay, then you can use the command or control chiana piece see so if I wanted to activate every other layer, then I would click to activate the first one that I would hold on command or control in in this case you do want to click kind of towards the right okay, but only when you're clicking to activate layers that are not consecutive to each other so as I hold command or control, see how I'm activating every other one in the deactivation works the same way if I decide oh shoot, I don't want that layer layer zero copy for nine or nine or one five if I don't let that activated then aiken simply press the control a commander control key if it's not already depressed and then click it again and it d activates it

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


1Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers 2Workspace Overview 3Q&A: Workspace 4The Truth About Resolution and File Formats 5Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality 6Q&A: Resolution and File Formats 7Resizing with the Crop Tool 8Cropping with the Ruler Tool 9Resizing with Content-Aware Scale 10Resizing for Print/Web 11Layers and Layer Types 12Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers 13Q&A: Layers 14Creating Reflections 15Layer Alignment Tools 16Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers) 17Colorizing a Black and White Image 18Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers 19Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage 20Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage 21Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack) 1Using Selections Part 1 2Using Selections Part 2 3Q&A: Selection Tools 4Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes 5Tightening Up Layer Masks 6Painting Selections with QuickMasks 7Using Vector Drawing Tools 8Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette 9Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo 10Use Channels to Create Selections 11Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur 12Refine Edges Part 1 13Refine Edges Part 2 14Creative Edges on Photos 15Embellishing with Vector Art 16Creative Vector Photo Frames 17Editing Smart Objects 18Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette 1Smart Objects: Selective Blurring 2Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening 3Sharpening with the High Pass Filter 4Q&A: Sharpening 5Auto Color Adjustments 6Shadows and Highlights 7Using Levels 8When to Use Smart Objects 9Using Curves 10Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes 11Enhancing Eyes and Teeth 12Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation 13Changing Colors by Hand Painting 14Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle 15Color to Black and White 1Healing Brush 2Content Aware Fill 3Using Text in Photoshop 4Designing with Baseline Shift 5OpenType Fonts 6Placing Text Behind an Object 7Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text 8Pushing Photos Through Text 9Adding Texture to Your Text 10Convert Text to Paths 11Combine Images using Advanced Blending 12Realistic Photo Aging 13Faking HDR 14Wrapping Texture Around an Object