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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Our next step is going to be to take a look at how we can begin to create and work with layers. We're going to look at a couple of different scenarios, so that we'll have a good handle on working with layers. Well, let's say that with this image, I've decided that I would like to add a quote or some copy. Well, in order to create a type layer, all that we need to do is to press the T key in order to select the Type tool. Then all we need to do is simply click. You'll notice that once I click, I have a new layer. This is the type layer.
Here I'm going to go ahead and type something out. Creativity is making the ordinary extraordinary. All right, I'll press Command+Return on a Mac or Ctrl+Enter on a PC to exit out of that Type field. Well, now I need to move this Type field around. So I'll go ahead and select the Move tool and then I'm gong to click and drag to reposition this over here. I'm really interested in having a little bit of a darker shade or darker tone behind this particular type.
So what I'm going to do is create a new layer. Now there are a handful of ways that you can create a new layer. Let me show you a couple of the ways that are most popular. Well, one technique that you can use is to click on this New Layer icon. I'll go ahead and click on that. Here you can see I have a new layer. I'll press the Delete key to delete that layer. All right, well, how else can I do the same thing? Well, I can also navigate to the Layer pulldown menu, and then choose New and then Layer. You'll also notice that there is a shortcut here.
Well, I know a lot of people don't like shortcuts. I've found that this is one of those essential shortcuts you just have to learn. It's Shift+Command+N on a Mac or Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. Let's go ahead and try that shortcut out. Again, Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. Now the nice thing about this shortcut is that it opens up this dialog, which allows us to give our layer a name. I'm going to go ahead and give this a name of Shape, simply by typing out that word.
I'll click OK here. Then you'll see that I have this new layer. Now let's say that I decide I want to change that layer name. No big deal. All I need to do is to double-click that type there, or the name, or title of the layer. I'll go ahead and give this a new name, Rectangle. All right, press Enter or Return to apply. Next, I want to add some content to this layer. Now in order to add content, all that I need to do is to determine what type of content I want.
For example, I've decided that I'm going to select this Rectangular Marquee tool and then go ahead and make a selection around the text. Well, now that I've the selection around the text, I want to fill this area with a solid color. In order to do that, I'll navigate to my Edit pulldown menu. Here I'm going to select Edit, and then choose Fill. This will allow me to fill that particular area with a solid color. What I want to do is fill this with black.
I'll choose Black from the Contents pulldown menu and then click OK. All right, well, so far so good, except I have a few problems. One problem is that the selection is still active. Well, to deselect that, navigate to Select and choose Deselect. The other problem is that the rectangle layer is on top of the creativity layer. It's covering up my copy. So what I need to do is to reorder my layers. In order to do that, simply click and drag down, and then you can reposition or reorder those.
This teaches us something really important about layers. That is whatever is on top covers what's underneath. All right, let's say the next thing we want to do is simply lower the opacity. We'll click in the opacity field here, and we'll lower this just to make it a little bit more subtle. Then that looks pretty good. I'll click out of that. Make sure my type is just in the right position. So I'm going to just move this over, perhaps just a little bit. I'll do so with my arrow keys. Now we have created some layers, added some unique content, and begun to see how we can work with layers inside of Photoshop.
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