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Join Photoshop master Deke McClelland in the fourth and final installment of his popular Photoshop CC One-on-One series. In this course, Deke shares step-by-step tutorials and expert-level insights on the most powerful features, helping you make your own way to true Photoshop mastery.
In this movie, I'll show you how to filter your layers according to their color properties as well as how you can hide and show, and even lock, entire groups of layers at a time. Now by color properties, I mean the color that you assign to the layer here inside the Layers panel. Not the color of the layer itself. So the fact that the monster is green is not something you can search for. Instead, just so you know what I'm talking about. If I press Control Shift N, or Command Shift N on the Mac, to bring up the new layer dialogue box. Notice that you have this color option right there.
And it exclusively shows up inside the layers panel. For example, I'll go ahead and cancel out here. And I'll switch the search criteria back to Kind, and because none of the icons are selected, I'm seeing the full list of layers. Notice that I have several layers here that are set to yellow. And what yellow means to me in the context of this particular file, is that the layer is an additional detail inside the image. So for example I have have this layer called eyelids l, if I turn it off you can see that the left eyelids go away.
To reveal that entire bloodshot eye. Go ahead and turn that layer back on, so that the eye is not quite so creepy. Let's say I want to colorize a few additional details. For example, the underside of the nose right here, is something that I'd like to make yellow. Now I happen to have the rectangular Marquis tool active, which means I can get to the Move tool by pressing and holding the Control key, or the Command key on a Mac. And then, if I right-click on a nostril, and by the way, you can also pull this off on a Mac by Command-Control clicking, then I'll see a list of layers at this location, including nose edges.
I'll go ahead and select that. And then I see the nose edges layer right here inside the list. I'll go ahead and right-click inside this area that contains the eyeball, and then, I can change the color of this layer to yellow. I want to do the same thing for this edge of the belly right here. So I'll press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on the Mac. And right click once again and then choose belly and now I will go ahead and select this layer and I will right click inside of its eyeball area and change it to yellow as well. Now I can return to the search criteria up here in the top left corner of the layers panel and switch to colour and then you can see that by default I am seeing all those layers that have no colour assigned to them whatsoever.
To see those detail layers, I'll go ahead and switch the color to yellow like so. And then I'm going to see this big long list of layers to which I've assigned yellow. To select them all, go up to the Select menu and choose > All layers. You also have the keyboard shortcut that I'll be using in the future, Ctrl+Alt+A or Cmd+Option+A on the Mac. Now let's say I want to hide all these layers so I could see what the monster looks like without these details. And what you do is right-click inside that eyeball area, which is yellow in our case, and you choose Hide this layer from the top of the list and then all those layers go away.
The other color that I'm using inside this document is violet, which indicates all the shading layers. So I'll go ahead and choose violet, you can see that we have, not quite as long of a list this time. I'll press Ctrl+Alt+A or Cmd+Opt+A in order to select all those layers, and then I'll right-click inside this purple eye region and I'll choose hide this layer for these layers as well. And by the way, this method for hiding and showing layers works regardless of your search criteria. So whether it was layer effects, or blend modes, or what have you.
You could do this as well. All right. Now at this point, having gotten an idea of what's going on without those layers, obviously they make an important contribution. I'll go ahead and bring all the layers back, by opening up the Layer Comps panel, and clicking in front of Final Artwork once again. You also have the option of hiding the other layers inside the image. So for example, if I switch my search criteria back to yellow, and then I go ahead and press Ctrl+Alt+A, or Cmd+Option+A on a Mac to select all those layers, that's the important step, by the way, is that you select them.
Then, right click inside this yellow area, and notice the second command, show hide all other layers. If I go ahead and choose that, then I'll hide all the layers that are not currently selected. Now you might assume that you could just press control z or command z on the Mac in order to bring those layers back, but that's not an option. If you go up to the edit menu, notice that the undo command is set to select all layers. So that's what you'd end up undoing. Which is why layer comps are so handy. And I realize we haven't really talked about them yet, but we will before this chapter is over.
And so in my case I'm going to bring back all the layers by bringing up the layer comps panel, and clicking in front of final art work once again. Just one more thing I wanted to pass along here, notice that all the yellow layers are selected. And at this point I can go ahead and lock them down if I want to, just by clicking on Lock All or on this Lock Position icon. I can't lock down transparency. Notice that, that first icon is dimmed and the reason is because many of the selected layers are vector based shape layers as opposed to pixel layers.
But if I wanted to lock on the highlights I could just by clicking on for example the Lock All icon, and then I have Lock icons all the way down over here on the right side of the panel. And that friends is how you filter your layers based on color properties as well as how you hide, show and lock entire groups of layers at a time.
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