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Blending and renaming layers

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Video: Blending and renaming layers

In the next few movies, we'll be working with this document here. This document is the beginning of a creative project from one of my other training movies. Yet here what we're going to focus in on is how we can work with layers inside of Photoshop CS6. In particular, in this initial movie we're going to take a look at how we can do some blending, how we can use those Blend If sliders, and also how we can more effectively rename our layers. Well, let's start off by taking a look at the layers in this document. You'll notice we have a number of different layer groups.

Blending and renaming layers

In the next few movies, we'll be working with this document here. This document is the beginning of a creative project from one of my other training movies. Yet here what we're going to focus in on is how we can work with layers inside of Photoshop CS6. In particular, in this initial movie we're going to take a look at how we can do some blending, how we can use those Blend If sliders, and also how we can more effectively rename our layers. Well, let's start off by taking a look at the layers in this document. You'll notice we have a number of different layer groups.

The group that I want to focus in on is this one, Creative Adjustments. So go ahead and click on this triangle icon in order to expand that layer group. One of the top layers is titled dandelion. I'll go ahead and turn on the visibility of this layer and then target it, and what I want to do is I want to blend this in into the background. There are a number of different ways to do this. One of the techniques that we can use is to use advanced blending using the Blend If sliders.

Now we've had this technique in previous versions of Photoshop, but what's new is that when you apply this technique to a layer, there's a new icon which shows up in your Layers panel. Let me show you what I mean. Well, in order to access the Blend If sliders, you double-click to the right of the layer name. This opens up our blending options here. We can use these Blend If controls by simply clicking and dragging. As I click and drag, you can see it's revealing more of the image in the background.

If you want your edges to be softer with this type of blending, well, you hold down Option or Alt and then click on this little icon and it splits this icon and again creates smoother transitions. Okay. Well, let's go ahead and click OK. Let's apply that layer blending. Again, here you can see there's a new icon. And really the whole point of this is just to illustrate that we now have this new icon showing us that we've applied this type of blending. If ever you want to change that, we'll just double-click again.

It opens up your blending options, and then here, again, you can make further changes to the type of blending that we have with this layer. Next, let's go ahead and click OK in order to apply that. Another thing that we can do with a layer is we can change its blending mode. We've seen this before, right? You can do this one layer at a time by going to your Blending mode pulldown menu and choosing the blending mode, say, like Soft Light. But let's say that we have a group of layers that we want to apply this to.

In this case, I have this layer branches here. I also have some other layers, texture layer, underneath that, this one that has some kind of grass and leaves there, another layer which has a tree branch on the left, and then finally the bottom layer which has these coffee stains. Again, all of these different layers might be nice to have some blending on them. I also, perhaps, want to name these layers so that I don't always have to guess and try to figure out which layer is what. Well, there is a great technique that you can use in order to rename your layers.

Let me show you what it is. Well, remember that here on this top layer we have these scratches. Next, underneath that we have the grass, and then finally we have the tree branch and the coffee stains. Well, if you double-click the layer name of one of your layers, you can go ahead and rename it. Here I'll name this scratches. Well, next, if I want to rename the layer underneath this one, all that I've got to do is to press the Tab key. This then allows me to get access to that field and I can rename that layer. Press Tab again, go ahead and rename that layer, and then press it one more time, and I'll name this one coffee stains.

Well, if ever you want to go back up and rename one of the layers that are above, all that you have to do is to press the Shift+Tab and that will give you access to that field, and you can go ahead and add that. In order to exit this field, you can press the Escape key. Okay, well, now that we've organized our Layers panel--and now that we have all of these different layers--what I want to do is apply a blending mode, say, to all of these layers here. Well, one way to do that would be to click on one of the layers, hold down the Shift key, then click on another.

Here we're selecting layers which are touching each other, and we've seen this before, that what we can now do is we can go to our Blending mode option and here we can choose the blending mode that we can apply to all of these layers. If we don't like the blending mode, well, we can just go back and choose another one until we find the blending mode that will work for our project. Well, in this case, the opacity or the intensity of these layers, it's just too much. Or with all of these selected, as we've seen before, we can change their opacity by simply clicking and dragging this Opacity slider in order to diminish it.

If ever you want to work on just one layer, well, just click on it and then here we can go ahead and take that one down so that the texture is a little bit more subtle there. What I'm really interested in having here with these layers is just a little bit of texture or feeling. I can also lower the overall group by clicking on the group name and then lowering that. Again, we're looking to make some subtle adjustments here, just trying to build up a little bit of texture or mood with all of these layers. Let's take a look. We'll click on this eye icon. Here is our before, and then now here's our after.

Subtle, yet perhaps some significant or just kind of fun and creative adjustments. All right. Well, now that we've made these adjustments, let's continue to work with this project, and let's do so in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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