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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.
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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