Workspace Overview


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


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Workspace Overview

Next thing I want to mention here is I want talk a little bit about all these different panels that we've got going on in our work space here this guy right here is a panel anything that you see options and tools on is a panel your tools panel is over here the far left and you got another set of panels over here on the right side of your screen you are seeing a limited number of panels these are the panels that are open by default straight from the factory that adobe thinks that you will use the most often you are not stuck with leaving these open or even having them in the same position that they're in right now. Ok, so the first thing I want to show you is again under the window menu you're going to see a slew of items here on ly the items that have the check mark next to them are actually open these air all panels that you can open in the program. Ok, so we've only got a couple of open right now, so if one of them ever gets closed you can go back to this menu to reopen it let's say ...

your friend or buddy was on your computer and they accidentally closed the layers panel then when you get back in your photo shop, you freak out where's my layers panel don't panic go up to the window menu and just cruise on down the layers and whatever panel is closed we'll bring it back up all these panels are movable like I should the trick to moving them around is knowing which part of the panel to grab ok so for example if I wanted tio move my layers panel out where I can move it around right now it is docked on the right hand side of the screen all of these guys are docked in you can collapse or expand any panel ok, that stopped for example my color panel right now is open if I double click the light gray area to the right of the tabs museum in a little bit you can see that this area right here not on the tab the arian next to the tab the free area if I double click it see how it collapses that can be helpful if your work with limited screen real estate and you want to get those panels out of the way so you can see a longer layers panel for example okay, so now that its collapse she simply doubleclick the same area again to expand it alison mentioned that you can liberate these panels you can free them so if I want to grab everything that's in the layers panel sit and I'm calling it a sit because you can see there's three tabs in their layers channels pass so panels can be nested within one panel group. So if I want to liberate that, all I have to do is again click in that kind of light gray free area to the right of those tabs, click and hold down my mouse button and drag it out and then when you release your mouse button your layers panels that has been freed okay, now you can move that anywhere you want on the screen so let's, just say that I like it right there. This guy right here at the top this is called your options bar. Okay, the sky at the very top. What you see in this particular panel is going to change according to what tool is currently active in your tools panel so all zoom back out. You can see that right now I have the brush tool active in my tools panel, so I'm seeing settings that are specific to that tool. For example, I can use thie brush preset picker of the top left of the options far say that ten times fast I dare you. If I click the little downward pointing to wrangle next to the brush preset picker, then I have all kinds of options for changing brushed tip and size and I can click that triangle to collapse that panel again. I also have brush mood opacity paint flow how much pain do you want to be laying down with the brush? Those things that are specific to the brush tool now watch as I change my active tool in the tools panel and see how those settings change, so I'm going to give the move told a quick click, and now I have a another set of options appear in the options bar that I can change now the thing to remember about the op the bar is the's anything you change and the options bar stays change until you change it back. I'm a little embarrassed to tell you that I want to reinstall the dadgum program because I thought my brushed will have lost its ever eleven month it was not behaving I could not get that sucker to work no matter what I did. I went through all the normal troubleshooting steps and reinstall the program, and it turns out I had changed an option in the options bar and forgotten that I changed it not changed it back. Okay, so just be aware of that if the program ever seen to have gone rogue or unexpected things were happening, just activate the tool and take a peek up here in the options bar and make sure that you haven't change something that you've forgotten about ok, now the options mark can be liberated to not a whole lot of people realize that as well as the tools panel you can leave these guys anywhere you want so let museum in so you can see the super secret grabber area on these two panels so here we are in the tools panel this little tiny little double row of dat's the very top that's what you grab okay, so you can think of that it kind of looks like it has a tactile feel and I think that's what a w was going for so you can click and hold down your mouse button and then drag and you will liberate the tools panel ok, so that can be handy. Another great thing to know about the tools panel is you're not stuck with it being a single column ok if you click this microscopic double set of triangles at the very top of it then it will become a two column tools panel so I'll give that a click and then zoom back out so you can see it and now my tools panel is two columns so that can be handy as well so we'll skip that guy right there and now let's liberate our options panel zoom in against you can see the little grabber handle its again two rows of dots to the far left so if you give that a click then you can drag it back out so we'll drag it down to the bottom of your screen ok, so once you have all of the panel set up and you've got your work space or your photo shop environment the way you like it, you can say that to use later. This is especially helpful if you're working on a machine that other people sometimes use, everybody can have their own personal set up of the panels the way they like it in the way you can save that is by going up to this very top bar, which is actually called the application bar's got a few useful tools up there over towards the right hand side. I'll zoom in so you can see it, you're going to see two blue arrows pointing to the right if you give that a clique, you're going to open a poppet menu that gives you all of the straight from the factory work spaces that adobe has created for you and I would encourage you to take a spin through these guys because they're pretty cool they're actually pretty useful amusing back out so after you've gotten your panels all set up, you want to save that environment. You can click this menu to open it and then scooted on down to new work space and photo shop asked what she would like to name it so you could name it lisa space or whatever you would like something clever that you can remember and you can even tell photoshopped if you've if you've made any changes to your keyboard shortcuts or your menu items, you can actually take things out of those menus if you don't use them. So if you've done any kind of that customization in the program, you can turn on these two options right here and photo shot we'll remember those settings as well, but I haven't done any of that so well let's go ahead and click save now before I click save watch up here in this area because our new work space is going to appear up there you see that happen case on nail you can see that these are actual workspace buttons and the more work spaces that you add up there you may need to increase the size of the area where you can see the work spaces so what I did it was I just grabbed a little double line right here and that lets me expand the area in the application bart that those workspace buttons can show up in and that's a handy little thing. So now photo shop is remembering my panel set up, but if I want to go back to any other work place, all I have to do is single click the button in photo shop will go back to that workspace allegedly reportedly if it doesn't work, you can cruise on back over here to that double set of arrows and go down to the reset button and that will reset whatever the current currently active work space is in our cases essentials. So when I click reset essentials this time it really should put all of our panels back the way that adobe have them there they go. So that's a fun little thing. So I'm gonna go ahead and collapse my adjustments panel, because I want to show you a really important thing about the layers panel here, so I'm gonna double click the free area to the right of the tabs to collapse that panel. Now I'm gonna double click the free area to the right of these tabs to expand the layers panel and the layers panel is really, really important. You know, one could argue that it is the most important panel in photo shop. Okay, well, if it's so important, it will be great if you could actually see the little thumbnails that air in that panel because we're going to be working with layers exclusively for the next four days because layers are your key to nondestructive editing. And when I say nondestructive vetting, that means anything that's not going to screw up your original image, okay, causing you to start over which I am not a fan of so what we want to do is we want to make our layers panel thumbnails these guys right here and we're going to get into exactly what layers are a little bit later today, but while we're talking about panels let's look at the options you have for making this visible ok big enough to see so each panel also men again has a tiny little microscopic menu at its upper right then this is called the fly out menu oh yes, he makes up these dames are fabulous, so we're gonna single click this tiny little fly out menu that is in the layers panel sit ok, so we're going to give that a click and then I'll see him back out down towards the bottom. You've got an option called panel options and I really do encourage all of you here here today and listening in to do this because this will be the one change that will change your life and photoshopped. So we're going to click panel options and what we're going to do is we're going to choose this largest thumbnail size and watch my layers panel over here on the right hand side of the screen when I click that and click ok see how the thumbnail got larger it literally doubled in size, which is hugely useful because you can see the darn thing ok, so that's a big big tip for you now, the next thing that I want to talk about is I'm gonna spin just a couple of minutes on the tools paint on that we're going to jump into how do you undo anything that you've managed to dio in photo shop? And this will set a lot of your minds at ease and I hope will make you less apprehensive about just playing around in the program because that's funny shop is so much fun. If you can kind of get past this fear of eyes going to miss it, my image or I won't be able to get out of what I've done, then you'll enjoy your time and photo shop a lot more. So over here in the tools panel, I want to point out at the very bottom and I'll zoom in a again actually want to make it double column so you guys can see this see these little black squares, the very bottom of your tools panel these were called your foreground in your background color chips and your former on colored ship. We're going to be working with a lot, okay, that controls the color that any of the painting tools use, such as the brush tool anytime you're applying color photo shopped looks to see what that four grand colored ship is set to so that's how you control that. Your background color chip, we're not going to use so much, she could just kind of keep another color hanging around there that you might use when we get into layer masks, which you're going to be using a lot, you're going to be using black and white a ton in layer masks and you may need to switch between the two colors. I'll tell you why just a little bit, and you can easily do that by clicking this well curved arrow right above the color ships. So if I give that a clique, you're going to see my color chips, flip flop case always do that again, so just flip flops and back and forth if you ever need to reset your color chips to the default of black and white, which again is really handy sometimes, then you can click this little icon, which actually is a tiny snapshot of your colored ships set to the default of black and white. So if there were anything other than black and white, you can click that, but then they will reset themselves to black and white thousand back out. Ok, now I want to tell you how to undo anything you might happen to do in photo shop, so I'm gonna do a couple of things to the image I'm not going to spend much time telling you what I'm doing are you know how exactly did? Because they're all things that were going to be covering in this class so let's say for example, you popped open this image in your preparing it for ah magazine let's say we might want to do a little color correction kind of give it a little a contrast boost to make the photo pop off the page so I'm going to real quickly and create a levels adjustment here and we're going to go all through levels and I'm going to click and drag to move the dialogue out of the way and what I'm going to do is reset my black point in this image ok that I'm going to reset my white basically what I'm doing is telling photo shop hey, what you think is black and white in this image not so much this point is supposed to be black in this point supposed to be white and we're going to talk all about that I'm here in a couple of days so let's say that this looks fine to me and I can click ok now let's say that for whatever reason I needed to get rid of a certain mountain that we see over here okay? So I'm gonna just you know nothing to see here we're just going to delete the mountain oh yes that's the spot hailing brush set to content aware we're gonna be using that a lot in this class, okay, so I've made a few changes to this image. Now how we get out of the changes I've made, you can use the undue command and there's a couple of ways to access it, you can go up to the edit menu, and the last step that you took in the program will always be listed under the edit many the very first thing. So the last thing I did was used a spot hailing brush, so this will let me undo the spot. Hanley brush and I used it a couple of times, but you'll see that when I go back to the edit menu now, it says redo the spot healing brush. Okay, well, if you need to undo a step that's a couple of steps back, you can use the step backward command, okay? So that will let you keep stepping backward through the actions you've just taken in the program. Also, these keyboard shortcuts that's what these guys are over here to the right of the menu items the's air really good ones to memorize. I'm a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts, and I'll be loading you up with a c slew of them over the next four days, so definitely memorized command z for one level of andy that's control z on a pc okay that will go back one step and if you want to go back multiple steps then you can use the step backward command which it's still commander control z but you add the option chiana mac are all on a pc so it's command option z on a mac see homs I'm going back and now my mountains back or its control ault z on a pc from multiple levels of andy sir how many leaders can you go back? How many levels of nd can you go back to that is in your photo shot preferences and I believe the program was set to twenty steps backward so you can get out of the last twenty things you did until you close that file case that file has to be running you know you can save different iterations of it if you want but the file needs to be running and then you can have twenty levels of undue ok so that's a couple of different ways to undo what you've done and I'm actually going to redo and you can also stepped forward ceasar mountain's gone again okay another way too get back to a previous version of the images to use the history panel in this sucker is pretty powerful so we're going to go to the window menu I don't have the history panel open right now so I want to open it so I'm gonna choose window crews on down to history and you've got this wonderful little panel that opens and I'm going to zoom in real quick so I can show you how to make the panel a little bit larger again any time you're looking to change the shape of the panel, look for anything that looks like a little grabber spot, so we've got those little dots down here at the bottom right again, if I click and hold down my mouse button in drag with those dots, I can increase the size of the panel, which can be helpful, so I'm gonna zoom back out so you can see the whole thing. So what we're seeing here in this area right here is we're seeing every step that we've done thus far in the image, so we've got our original image right here I was in back in so you can see it here's our original image as it was when we opened it and actually tells us that we use the open command kind of got now, and the next thing I did was I did a levels adjustment, okay? So that's here and then I used the spot healing brushed twice, okay? So it's picking up every time I click and drag with a spot hailing brush and then release that becomes a step in the history channel, so let's say that I really didn't mean to delete the mountain happened accidentally somehow, but I do like the color correction that I did before I deleted the mountain. I don't want to go back to the original image I want to get back to that color correction so I can simply single click on the step that I want to get back teo and I'll zoom back out and photoshopped takes you right back to that sierra mountains there again. Now if you want to move forward, all you have to do is keep clicking those steps, and you can see how as I as I clicked to a previous state of the image, the steps in front of that or after that rather are great out and they look a tallis sized that lets you know that they're temporarily being him, they're still there if you want to access them so that's a real handy thing to do. Another thing that's really great about the history panel and not a lot of folks know about this one is that you can save different states of your image to get back to them. It's called, creating a snapshot you can think about it just like that you're creating a snapshot in time of how that image looked at that particular point in time, so for example, if I have a whole bunch of other stuff to do to this image, it might behoove me to take a snapshot of this image with that levels adjustment so the way you do that I'll zoom in is you get on the state that you want to capture and you click the little camera button that's down here towards the bottom right of the panel and watch appear in this area underneath the original image watch what happens when I click that camera it gives me another state of that image. So now instead of having a mess with all these different steps let's say there was a slew of them in there I could quickly get back to that state by just clicking up here on the snapshot it takes me right back to that state in the image, okay, so then you could make his many snapshot says you want so let's say that I like to my spot healing I liked, you know, the mountain being hidden and maybe I've got some more things to do this image, I might take another snapshot, you know, with the mountain gone and then I can I'm providing myself an easy way to backtrack to what the image looked like in those states. Ok, so that's that's pretty handy stuff right there and again, I'm telling me all this tow hopefully set you tease, you can get out of anything that you've done in this program there's a question, yes, eso um because I do a little bit this light room, so if you did a bunch of changes and you decided I like most my changes, but I didn't want it monochrome. You go back and just get rid of the monochrome, and then everything else you're cropping and levels would be there still, well, great question it. The answer is, it depends on where the monochrome stuff wass because you can't pick and choose throughs history state can't say who keep the levels adjustment, but, you know, not the spot hailing brush and then, yeah, I made it, you know, monochrome down here, keep that so you can't skip hop around like that. So if the monochrome part was way back here, let's say, that was levels and you could certainly get to it, but she would lose the steps that you had created after that great question, though, okay? And like I mentioned earlier, when we start talking about the history channel, those states hang around until you close the document. Okay? When she closed the document, they're gone.

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