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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here in this chapter we're going to explore some of the new ways that we can work with layers in the Layers panel in Photoshop CS6. And here, in this movie I want to focus in on how we can work with groups and layer style effects. You'll notice that I have this Background layer, then two text layers above it. Let's say that I want to apply a layer style effect to both of these layers. On the previous versions of Photoshop, this was really impossible to do this at the same time. We could obviously work on one layer at a time, but let's say we want to apply these effects to both of these layers at the same time.
Only one layer style effect applied in multiple places. Well, to do that in CS6, you can take advantage of using groups. You can go ahead and click on this Group icon here, and to add layers to a group, just click, drag and drop, and here you can now see both of these text layers are applied to this or a part of this group. If I click on the Visibility icon of that group, well, it hides both layers. Click on it again and it shows both of those layers. Well, if I want to apply a layer style effect to both layers, all that I need to do-- or all that you need to do--is to click on the group there, go the fx icon, and then choose the effect. In this case I'll select Drop Shadow.
And I'll go ahead and customize the drop shadow just a little bit here, so you can see that. And you can see below that this effect is being applied to both layers. Let's click OK in order to be able to see that. Again, because the effect is applied to the group, whatever is inside of this group, well, then it has that layer style effect. Even more we can do is we can further customize things. Let's say, for example, that we really want a brush stroke around this layer but not the other one.
We'll just target that layer, go back to that fx icon, and then choose, perhaps, brush stroke here. We'll go ahead and add that brush stroke to the outside of those letters there to this layer and then click OK. In other words, you can stack up these effects so that you can have effects on particular layers which just apply to those layers, or you can apply an effect to a group. That effect then is applied to all of the layers inside of that group.
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