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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Now, what if you want to create your own layer group inside Photoshop? Easiest pie as it turns out. I already have the Adjustments layer group selected inside my Layers palette. If I go down to the bottom of the layers palette, I will find a folder icon. And if you hover over it, it says "create new group." If you click on it, you will create a new group in front of the previously selected layer item. So whatever we selected before, your group will appear on top of it. Alright, I am going to go ahead and undo that medication so that I can show you a few other options available to you.
If you press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and click on this icon, you will create a new group below the previously selected layer item. I will go ahead and undo that modification as well. And by the way, that little Ctrl/Command key trick works with a new layer. So if you press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, and click on the new layer icon, you create a new layer below the previously selected item. Alright, I am going to undo that as well. What else can you do? Well, if you press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on the folder icon, then you will be invited to name the folder as you make it.
Alright, I am going to escape out of that so I can show you one last keyboard trick. If you press Ctrl and Alt on the PC or Command and Option on the Mac, and click on the folder icon, then of course, you will once again be invited to name this group, and I am going to call mine Dinosaurs, click OK. And notice where it appears, below the previously selected layer item. So that's the function of pressing Ctrl and Alt or Command and Option on the Mac as you click on this little group icon.
I am just passing along these keyboard tricks in case you are interested, I know many people, this will be too much; but for many other people, it will be like oh yeah, I have more keyboard tricks, that's great. Alright anyway, let's go ahead and move a couple of items into the Dinosaurs group now. I will go ahead and drag blur Dinos and drop it on the folder icon in order to put that layer inside the group. Then I will drag dark blur and drop it on the folder icon, and it will appear at the bottom of the Dinosaurs group as well. Alright, so that's how you make a new group and put stuff inside of it.
What if you want to improve a bunch of selected items inside the Layers palette? Well, then, you will want to watch my next exercise.
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