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Modifying multiple layers at once


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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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Let's take a look at another new layer feature inside of Photoshop CS5. This feature allows us to modify multiple layers at once. Let me show you what I mean. For example, currently, you can see we have a background image and then two text layers. Let's say that what I want to do is lower the Opacity of both of these layers. Well previously, what we would have to do would be to click in the layer and then click and drag down the Opacity slider. That will then lower the Opacity of this particular layer. Or, we could also simply click in a layer, make sure the Move tool is selected and then press the number on our keyboard, like the number 5.
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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features
2h 45m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Browsing and opening files from Mini Bridge
  • Adding custom watermarks to photos
  • Performing content-aware healing
  • Sharpening, reducing noise, and adding film grain in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Editing styles and effects on multiple layers at once
  • Selecting with a smart radius
  • Applying the HDR Toning adjustment
  • Making lens corrections to adjust for distortion
  • Auto straightening a photograph
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management
Software:
Bridge Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Modifying multiple layers at once

Let's take a look at another new layer feature inside of Photoshop CS5. This feature allows us to modify multiple layers at once. Let me show you what I mean. For example, currently, you can see we have a background image and then two text layers. Let's say that what I want to do is lower the Opacity of both of these layers. Well previously, what we would have to do would be to click in the layer and then click and drag down the Opacity slider. That will then lower the Opacity of this particular layer. Or, we could also simply click in a layer, make sure the Move tool is selected and then press the number on our keyboard, like the number 5.

That would take this to 50%. How then could we do this a little bit more quickly, if we want to work on both layers? Previously, we'd have to click on one, make an adjustment, click on another, make the same adjustment. Now what we can do is hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC and click on multiple layers. Then from there, we can simply press a number. In this case, I pressed 50. This now took this to 50%, or 2. That now took it to 20%. I can also use the slider in order to change the Opacity of both of these layers at once.

Now I can also do the same thing with Fill. In order to see how the Fill amount works, what we need to do is to go ahead and add a few Layer Style effects. Let's do that by double-clicking on the layer. Here, what I'm going to do is add a Drop Shadow to this layer. I'll click OK. Next, I'll go to my Layers layer, and I'll double-click that one. I'm going to add a Drop Shadow as well as a Brush Stroke. I'll click into the Brush Stroke and make that go inside, click it over to a size of 1 and then add a color of white. All right. Well, now that I've added these two Layer Style effects, I'll be able to see more clearly how I can affect the Fill.

So, in this case, what we can do then is hold down the Command or Ctrl key and click in both layers. From there, we can simply modify our Fill slider. I'll go ahead and lower that. What that's going to do is modify the Fill for both of these layers. In other words, it's removing the text and just leaving the Layer Style effects. Now this can be really handy, especially when let's say you want to position something on top of your image, so that you can see through it in a little bit of an interesting way. We can then, of course, go ahead and modify one layer at a time as needed, if we want to.

Here we could simply click and bring up our Fill, in this case, or remove it. So, to apply the Fill or Opacity adjustment to both layers at once, all that you need to do is to target two or more layers and then simply make the adjustment, and you'll see that it will be applied to multiple layers at one time.

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