3:30 pm - New Photoshop CS6 Tips


Photoshop Mastery: Ultimate Mastery


Lesson Info

3:30 pm - New Photoshop CS6 Tips

Now we're going to talk about some newer tips in these tips will have to do with photo shop c s six now, remember, I'm gonna not talk about photoshopped, cc or created cloud until the end of tomorrow, though therefore those of you that haven't upgraded you to skip that part if you decide not to upgrade, and if you're not sure if you should upgrade or not, then you could wash that part of say, what would you gain? And that way, I think it's uh it's best so let's see what? We have things that are specific to, um, dyspepsia six or at least near put a shop, see essex inversion just so you know, you have this gray area around your picture, and if you right, click on it, you can choose what isthe and, uh, choose things like black and stuff, and this isn't necessarily knew that just might be more choices within this. If you want teo annoy a coworker, choose select custom color and if it's all the way in she's orange, and then they're going to be stuck with this all day, you know that kind of ...

stuff, and they won't know unless they know to right click there to be able to switch back to the default or to other choices, but select custom color I mean it's useful select custom color let's say you work in a particular industry where you always print on this weird color of paper or something and you just like that to be surrounding your image so you you know, have that in your visual field when you're doing it you could do that or if you rather have your image stand out quite a bit because usually when you hang your images the gallery you hang them in has a medium gray wall well, go throw it on a medium gray whatever you'd like, but ideally you would have a shade of gray surrounding your image because otherwise any color that you put out there will mess with your eyes when it comes to you interpreting the colors in your picture could make it harder to color corrected image where you visually um are looking at it correctly so let's see what else do we got here all right when you print but you go to the file menu you can say print you got all these settings we can change all sorts of things I personally don't usually print from photo shop instead I usually use light room because my images starting light room they ended light room and I like light rooms interface for printing s o it's not frequent for me to print here, but some other people don't have light room or they prefer to print from photo shop one thing you might not be aware of is if somebody went into your printing settings in messed with them and you find that you just go in there and you're like something's weird with what's set up if you hold down the shift key and then you go to the file menu and choose print, it should reset these teo default settings by holding I'm sorry not the shift key I'm off because it didn't reset him. They're, uh I was thinking shift, but it's, not it's space bar space bars an unusual key to hold down to do anything in photo shop, but hold on the space bar, then come down here and choose print and then it should end up um, getting you back other things that we can end up doing when I'm in the brush tool depends on how old school you are as far as how you change your brush size, I'm pretty old school, so I've used photo shop for twenty years, and so I'm so used to pressing the bracket keys a little half squares to change the size of my brush and then I add the shift key and use the same bracket keys to change how soft the edges and it's just been programmed into me for so many decades that it's hard to get away from but their arm or intelligent and useful ways of doing that one of them is to hold down two special keys in your keyboard in click the keys that you hold down on a macintosh our control an option on windows you just hold on one key it's the bulky impress your right mouse button okay, so ault right mass button what happens with that is if you drag left and right, you can change the size of your brush and you get a red overlay just a preview what it looks like and then you can drag up and down to change how soft the edge of your brushes and it's just really nice because you get a visual preview, whereas if I used the bracket keys the way I've been programmed to do for decades, the only visual feedback you get other than the size of the circle increasing is a tiny little preview right here that would indicate if you have a soft or hard edge brush but that's so small it's not all that useful, so control an option the two keys are right next together on a macintosh. Press him down, click your mouse when you're in any kind of painting tool or be touching tool drag one direction you'll change the size dragged the other direction and you'll change how soft the edges and it will have that little tool tip like thing that tells you what settings you're using so then if I add one additional key to that if I add the shift key then instead of changing the size of my brush me sees it shifters that command know its command sorry if I hold on the command key in addition to what I just showed you so that means that a mac I'm holding down three keys there right next to each other which if I just take my three keys three fingers naturally is very easy to get to you know, mac it would be control option command on windows thiss would instead be ault control right mouse button okay then I'm going to get a heads up color picker where in here I can pick the general color I want from the vertical bar on the right and then I can slide over here and pick a shade of that particular color and then when I let go that's the color on painting with and so if you just get used to holding the two keys there right next to each other just left your space bar changing your brush pretty easily add the key that's one more over closer to the space bar and you get your color picker that's much more efficient than having a click on your foreground color to get your uh your forgot color changed all right other things that have been changed feder shop see essex you remember when I showed that you could reset your preferences when you launch photo shop we did it by holding down three keys they were shift option and command well sometimes doing that's not going to get me to the way a photo shop would look when it's first got installed because I might have third party filters installed if I go to the filter menu, do you see how I have filters by alien skin? Nick topaz, united color unified color that is and I even have a few others if you go under some of these other menus I have here alien scan and down here some on one well, sometimes I want to teach in a way where whatever I have on my machine, the people watching might have and so I don't want them to see those filters that I might use on a personal level, but I don't want to use when I'm teaching and there's a new feature in photo shop see a six and what it is instead of resetting your preferences with three keys I mentioned if you want to disable third party plug ins when you launch photoshopped, hold down the shift key just like we held down three keys earlier to recent the preferences well well photo shop is launching just hold shift all by itself and it will disable third party plug ins and therefore you'll only have the ones that ship with photoshopped and can be a nice thing to do also, if you have anything that's just acting really weird in photoshopped photo shop seems to bomb a lodge or something you might want to test to see if it's a third party plugin that's causing some of that sometimes you have a third party plug in that has memory issues or other things that might cause a issue with photo shop, so why not just try a day without those plug ins and see if photoshopped stops bombing on you? And if so, you know it's one of your plug ins that might be, um causing all right, what else? Open a different picture here and I'm going to replace the background layer here with I don't know some sort of a texture just to have something under there that has detail um, there's a new things as far as being able to to change the opacity in the fille setting of top your layers panel so up here we have a passing we have phil, and usually you compress the number keys on your keyboard if you're in the move tool to change the opacity. So if you just watch the opacity setting, I'm going to hit seven u c one to seventy hit five goes to fifty and if you type two numbers rapid the like five five you get two fifty five or c b type it slowly. You get to fifty. Hit it again, you get toe fifty again. Uh, but you have type of fast to get it down. Well, it used to be that there was no keyboard shortcut for setting the opacity or fill two zero when you press zero, that actually was a short cut to get one hundred percent, but in photo shop cia six you can now press zero twice and you'll get it down to zero. I'll show you in a minute why you might want to get it to zero because zero would mean like, why don't you just turn off the eyeball for that layer? But before I do that, let me show you how to change the filth using your keyboard, you can still hit the same number keys that usually change the opacity. All you need to do it is whole downshift. If shift is held down, then hitting the number keys instead of changing opacity. It's going to change phil, and if I do shift zero zero, he'll bring filter zero so now the question becomes, why the heck would I want to bring the filter zero for the o passing zero well, you might want to bring the opacity to zero if you're going to create let's, say, an animation. Video in the timeline that you can use in photo shop and you might want to start a layer within opacity of zero, and then after four seconds, where the time it will fade in one hundred percent, so you want to start at zero at the beginning of your timeline and slowly progress over. But phil is a little different, phyllis something that could be overly useful when you turn it down to zero. Let me show you the difference between opacity and phil opacity takes the entire contents of a layer, and here all hide all layers except for like two of them to simplify. But it will lessen the entire contents of that layer, including any layer styles that have been applied, meaning drop shadows, beveling and bosses and all that kind of stuff will be lessened along with the visual look of the layer itself. Fill, on the other hand, keeps any layer styles that have been applied at full strength in on lee takes the true contents of that layer and makes it slowly disappear. I'm going to start lowering the phil and check out what happens. Ah ah, hold on shift to start hitting the number keys will go nine, eight, seven, six, five and bring it down three, two, one and then I'll get it to zero. There's zero now what happened there is it took the true contents of that layer the actual pixels that fill that layer and they're completely hidden. Now there is zero as far as how much they're showing up, but any effects that have been applied to the layer the drop shadows, the bevel inem bosses all those things are at full strength and so that makes it so you can have things like a little bevel on the boss that might be shaped by or controlled by some text that similar, but you don't actually see the solid part of the text you just see the bevel on boss now in order to get it to work in this particular layer, I did have a layer effect that was called color overlay, and if that's left at full strength, you wouldn't have noticed that you could see through it because that color overlay is literally blatantly a color filling that layer. If I turn that back on, it wouldn't have really had much effect if you have the choices of color overlay grady in't overlay or pattern overlay they're really gonna limit that because there are things that usually completely cover up the layer you won't be able to see through it if those air on so anyway that's being ableto lower phil and opacity to zero by typing zero zero is something that's new and photoshopped c s six going to revert the senate to get it back to its original alright, other things that have changed in photo shop cia six that wouldn't be a hugely discoverable would be it used to be that if you wanted to change the blending mode of more than one layer, you had to do it one at a time and that wasn't always fun because I often have a lot of layers, even sometimes hundreds of layers that I need to change the bloody mode on the time when I need to do it to hundreds of layers that's what I do very complex light paintings where I do individual exposures in I light little bitty parts of a scene in an otherwise dark room, then I stack all those exposures and I change them to lighten mode, but if I have to do one at a time takes a lot of time well in photo shop cs six you can select more than one layer and then you can change the blending mode of all of those layers. At one time I don't know which one I'm gonna use here, but but if you look at just the bloody mode itself, it is changing here it's just with this particular document, I'm not seeing a huge difference in the image, but if you click on individual layers, you'll see that they're all set to those particular bloody months you can also duplicate multiple layers if you select multiple and drag him to the duplicate icon, that kind of stuff that might be in the newer version. In c c, you can lower the opacity of more than one layer at a time, you know, that kind of stuff, where's before he had to do that kind of thing, the individual layers, and it could have been a real pain to work with usedto also be that if you wanted to type the letter command j to duplicate something onto its own layer that it would only work if one layer was active, now you can select a bunch of layers type command j it'll easily duplicate a whole bunch of them, so I could move those around do whatever I need to so it's, much more versatile, doesn't feel quite as limiting, uh, as it used to, other things that you can do is that in previous versions of photo shop before cia six, you could go up to the layer menu, you could choose layer style, and there was a choice called create layers. We used it once before, when I had a drop shadow underneath a illustration of a vintage bus, and I had a kind of pop to its own layer, but there wasn't a choice within this tio just finalized those layer stiles so that they're no longer little accessories to a layer instead they're permanently in there and they're not you know, just little effects, but now you can go up to the layer menu and I believe under raster rise there's a choice called uh layer style and that just means permanently render these effects so that they're not sitting there as little accessories to that layer instead it's just sitting by itself and I might want to do that let's say before I send this file off to a client because if they don't own this version of photoshopped, that might have all these particular layer styles or maybe I don't want them to know how I made this effect, so why not rast arise those layer styles so that they can't tell how I made it? They get this file, it looks just like this, but if they look at my layers panel, all they see is layers as if I drew that stuff when in essence it was created with devlin and boss drop shadow on those other features but they have no clue how I did it now because they can't see that stuff and so I find it's nice that they added that feature they also if I choose on do our revert here, you'll find that when you go to the letters affects at the bottom of your layers panel the order has changed so in here, these air in the order that they're applied so that means bevel in boss will always cover up the ones that are below it because it's applied on the top whereas drop shadow will always be the bottom most effect that's applied so if you ever noticed that the order has changed they have done that used to be that you could only apply in effect to a single layer and you might be able to copy it pasted on different layer but now if you want to apply in effect to more than one layer what you could do is select more than one layer and then type command g control gm windows to put it in a folder. Then you can apply in effect to the folder and it's going to end up applying to all those things like if I do a pattern overlay now you see how it's covering up all the layers that are inside that, uh group so what I had to do a select the layers throw him in a group I just did that by typing command g to get him in the group and then with the little group active you can add your own effects it's kind of cool you had those of facts and then you can still open up the group you still have access to the individual layers you can still move him around and it kind of interactively applies, whatever effects it is you have there. So oftentimes for me, I'll end up applying something like a drop shadow. It just happens to be that it's, a logo that I'm applying it to in the logo happens. We made out of five layers. There's a layer with text on it, there's, a layer of a couple different shapes and all that. And instead of having to treat them all separate, I could just throw him into a group and apply the drop shadow right to the group itself.

Class Description

Part of the Complete Photoshop Mastery Bundle.

Throughout this series, we've covered many huge topics (retouching, adjustments, collage, etc.). In this final installment, we fill in the gaps between big thoughts with the more subtle concepts that are essential to taking full control of Photoshop. This is the stuff you rarely see taught, but true experts use on a daily basis. I'll start by revealing a bunch of hidden and hard to find features that you probably don't know exist because you have to type odd keyboard shortcuts or go through other loopholes to find them. I'll then show you how far you can push your adjustments before they start to lower the quality of the image. We'll do that by popping the hood in Photoshop to reveal how those adjustments may be harming the underlying integrity of your image.

I'll then show you how to manipulate Photoshop's features to get them to do things they were not designed to do. This way, you can extend Photoshop further than even the programmers envisioned. I'll also talk about many of the little features that never get covered in classes but are overly useful. Finally, we'll dive into a few geeky features that are not for the faint of heart like variables, apply image and calculations.

Whether you're still fairly new to Photoshop or you're an advanced user, there is sure to be techniques in this class you will want to add to your mental toolbox.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0


Lemmi Kann

I just started to get familiar with Photoshop and know the basic. After watching just first three lessons I am totaly blown away - I can see how much far I can go with editing my photos, what possibilities I have. I edited some of my photos and they look way better now! Ben Willmore is excellent lector and I encourage the beginners to buy this class too. It's easy to understand and follow if you already know what is layer and mask.