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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we're going to continue our conversation about working with multiple documents, and in particular, we're going to focus in on how we can combine two documents together and also how we can save and close our files and how we can do this a little bit more efficiently. Well, here we have these two portraits, lynda-1 and lynda-2. I want to combine these together in one document, and these are portraits of one of my favorite people in the world. This is lynda, lynda who co-founded lynda.com with her husband Bruce.
Well, in order to combine these two images together, what I'm going to do is I'm going to click and drag this tab out of that tab group. In this way, I can now see that this window is floating. This really gives me a nice view of this, so I can see this other image in the background. With the Move tool selected, I'll go ahead and click on this image and then drag and drop this into the other image. If I want this to be centered, well, you can hold down the Shift key and it will come in centered or justified. Next, I'm going to zoom out.
This time I'm going to zoom by way of a shortcut. The shortcut to zoom out is Command+Minus on a Mac, Ctrl+Minus on Windows. Well, as I zoom out, you can see the image is now smaller. You can also see in the Layers panel that I have two different layers. If I want to position these side by side, as we've seen before, we can just click and drag, and here I'll go ahead and click and drag and push this one off to the side. Well, now it's completely outside of my canvas. I can't see the image at all, yet I know it exists because there it is.
Well, in order to expand our canvas size, again, as we've seen previously, we can go to our Image pulldown menu and then choose Reveal All. This will then extend the size of the canvas. In this case, I have these two portraits now side by side. Well, in this case, let's say that I've decided, you know what, I don't really like this. I want to go back or revert to the original state of this file. Well, there are a couple of different ways that we can do that. One of the easiest ways is to use our undo shortcuts.
Under Mac, you press Command+Option. On Windows, you press Ctrl+Alt. Then you tap the Z key. As you do that, it will step backwards in time. You can see now it's just back to the original file. Well, let's then take a look at how we can make changes to our photographs and how we can more effectively save and close our files. Here, what I'm going to do is go ahead and add an adjustment layer by simply clicking on the Adjustment layer icon for Curves. Now I'm not going to do anything with curves, but I'm just going to create that curves layer.
I'll do this with one other document as well. Let's go to chaulk_01 and I'll click on, again, the Curves icon to create a curves adjustment. Well, now these two images have a new adjustment with them. If I go to the first image, what I obviously need to do is to save this out. To do that, I'm going to go to my File pulldown menu, and here I'll choose File > Save or Save As, and either way, this will trigger this dialog of asking me, well, how do I want to save this document? Because I've made that change to it and because it was a JPEG and JPEGs can't have layers.
So in this case, I'll save this to the same folder simply as this PSD file format, making sure to embed my color profile. Here, we'll go ahead and click Save and then click OK. Well, if we go to this other image, rather than using the menu, what I want to do here is use the shortcut. On a Mac, you press Command+S, on Windows that's Ctrl+S, and this will open up our Save dialog. Here, we'll simply click Save in order to save this file out. Well, what about closing our files? Well, we can either close our files by navigating to the File pulldown menu and choosing Close, or we can use this shortcut or even another shortcut.
Let me show you what I mean. Let's go ahead and take a look at the shortcut. It's Command+W on a Mac, that's Ctrl+W on Windows. Let's use the shortcut. So again, once we've saved the file, we'll go ahead and press that shortcut and it will then close that document. Let's say that what we really want to do is close all of our files, everything, all of these multiple documents which we have open. Rather than doing this one at a time, pressing Command+W or Ctrl+W over and over again, we just kind of want to clean house.
We want to close all these files. Well, to do all of those that once, you press Command and Option on a Mac or Ctrl and Alt and then the W key. And by doing that, it will then close all of those documents. Now if any of these documents haven't been saved, well, it'll then open up that Save dialog and say, "Hey, what do you want to do with these files?" Or, "How do you want to save those documents?" That wraps up our look at how we can work with multiple documents, also how we can combine two images together, and then how we can save and close these files in different ways, and here I've shared with you a few shortcuts which will help you be a little bit more effective.
Yet if you don't like the shortcuts, by all means, don't feel like you have to use those. You can always simply go to the menu and choose these options here as well rather than using the shortcut. I just like to include the shortcut just to highlight those in case you're interested in picking those up in order to speed up your overall workflow.
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