Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Organizing and transforming layers

From: Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

Video: Organizing and transforming layers

- Now that we have a couple of layers in our document, as a matter of fact I've saved this document in a specific folder if you go ahead and step inside your Exercise folder, you'll see a folder called "Works in Progress". Now I'm going to go ahead and open this. But the first thing I want you to do is go ahead and open "O3_O1 Rembrandt", and this is actually a PhotoShop document. Any PhotoShop document that you open up that has layers will automatically open up with layers. I'm going to simply select it and then open it up in the Layers module.

Organizing and transforming layers

- Now that we have a couple of layers in our document, as a matter of fact I've saved this document in a specific folder if you go ahead and step inside your Exercise folder, you'll see a folder called "Works in Progress". Now I'm going to go ahead and open this. But the first thing I want you to do is go ahead and open "O3_O1 Rembrandt", and this is actually a PhotoShop document. Any PhotoShop document that you open up that has layers will automatically open up with layers. I'm going to simply select it and then open it up in the Layers module.

I don't want to add this as a layer. I'm going to edit a copy because I want to work with just this file. I don't want to layer this file on top of another file. I'm going to say "Edit a Copy". I'll click OK and as you see we have our texture on top of our image. Now there's a lot wrong with this. First of all we can't see the person, and second of all it's actually not the right size. The first thing I want to do is select the texture that I've laid on top, and I'm going to go to one of my tools, this is the Transform tool, and I will select it.

And at this point I can actually make this bigger or smaller so I can go ahead and grab the corner, and you'll notice that as I make it bigger or smaller it actually changes the aspect ratio. Now I'm going to go ahead and press the Escape key and go back to the original layer, and this time if I hold the Shift key down you'll notice if I make it smaller or bigger it maintains the aspect ratio. So whenever scaling an image always hold down the Shift key so you don't make the person shorter and wider or too tall and too thin.

Another thing I could've done is instead of grabbing the corner, once I've selected the Transform tool, I can go over here and click on the Fill button. And this is going to scale this image to fit my entire canvas. Once we finish scaling our image we can simply press the Apply button and now we're out of the Transform tool and we're ready to modify our picture. I'm going to grab the Rembrandt image and put it on top of my background, and all I have to do is click on the layer that I want to move and drag it to the position that I want it to be.

Now I have this image on top of the background, and I can start using a lot of the tools within the Layer mode to blend these images together. One way I could do that is to use the Opacity slider, and that's to make the top layer a little more transparent or translucent and we can see the background. Another way I can blend layers together is to go to this Blending mode, and if I click on this there's a variety of choices that I can work with. Now if you've worked in other photo applications such as PhotoShop these may be familiar to you.

One thing I really like about the Perfect Photo Suite is that I don't have to select and make a decision on my blending modes, I can simply move my cursor on top of each blending mode and see exactly how it's going to look before I commit. For instance, if I wanted to see what soft light looks like or if I wanted to see how an overlay would work I can see how the two images would blend together. Now in this case the linear dodge gives me kind of a cool look. Let me go ahead and select that. I want to point out that you can combine your blending modes with your opacity to get a different look and feel for your image.

I think this image looks kind of cool but it's not really what we originally set out to do, so let me go ahead and bring the opacity full. I'm going to switch back to my normal mode and move the image behind our textured layer. Now I can go ahead and lower the opacity and change the blending mode. You'll notice nothing has changed. This is something I want you to be very careful about. Whatever layer is selected is the layer you are affecting, so I actually made the bottom layer more transparent.

I'm going to go ahead and press this little eyeball and that's going to turn off the top layer, and we can see that the layer below is no longer opaque. Let me go ahead and make that solid again, turn on the texture and select it, and now with that selected I can go ahead and make it more translucent and then add a blending mode to get the look that I want. You can use the Up and Down arrow keys to quickly step through all your different blending modes to see one that works for you.

I think lighter color works perfectly because now it looks more like a backgroud as opposed to an overlay. Blending modes and opacity is only part of what's really cool about working with layers. There's a lot of tools in Perfect Photo Suite that will allow you to bring your image to the next level.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

53 video lessons · 1772 viewers

Abba Shapiro
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      41s
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      58s
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
      28s
  3. 3m 7s
    1. Understanding preference settings
      1m 49s
    2. Getting to know the browser interface
      1m 18s
  4. 14m 1s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      4m 56s
    3. Exploring tools
      3m 45s
  5. 9m 11s
    1. Quick fixes
      2m 48s
    2. Detailed adjustments
      4m 2s
    3. Understanding presets
      2m 21s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Selecting faces
      2m 30s
    2. Working with faces
      2m 32s
    3. Removing blemishes
      2m 43s
    4. Adjusting skin tone
      8m 58s
    5. Blending
      55s
    6. Working with portrait presets
      3m 54s
  7. 33m 0s
    1. Effect presets
      2m 51s
    2. Modifying effect presets
      2m 52s
    3. Gradients
      3m 56s
    4. Adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    5. Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets
      8m 6s
    6. Saving and using custom presets
      4m 53s
    7. Using lens blur to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective-focus effects
      5m 56s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Creating a black-and-white image from a color image
      4m 25s
    2. Understanding tone and color response
      4m 25s
    3. The special brushes of the B&W module
      8m 1s
    4. Advanced Navigator adjustments
      5m 28s
    5. Presets
      4m 27s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Understanding the uses of masking
      5m 58s
    2. Creating a simple mask in the Layers module
      4m 47s
    3. Creating a simple mask: The Keep, Drop, and Refine tools
      6m 19s
    4. The Remove Background button
      3m 55s
    5. Refining your mask
      6m 58s
    6. Working with transparency
      4m 46s
    7. Creating believable composites using the Effects module
      2m 51s
  10. 21m 54s
    1. Resizing images for the web and digital distribution
      5m 42s
    2. Preparing your images for print
      7m 29s
    3. Using Perfect Batch
      8m 43s
  11. 11m 21s
    1. Lightroom
      3m 47s
    2. Photoshop
      4m 40s
    3. Aperture
      1m 37s
    4. When to use Perfect Photo Suite 8
      1m 17s
  12. 38m 56s
    1. Challenge: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      2m 6s
    2. Solution: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      7m 33s
    3. Challenge: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      42s
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      56s
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps
      32s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.