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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, I want to take a look at three different ways that we can create a new layer. Also, I want to explore how we can name a layer, delete a layer, and then work with different types of layers and reorder layers in our panel. Well, the first thing that I want to look at is a really simple technique that we can use to create a new layer. If you go to Layers panel, you'll notice at the base there is an icon right next to the trash can. If you click on that, it gives you the ability to create a new layer. You can rename this layer by double-clicking into the layer name.
I will just go ahead and type out the name, new, there and then press Enter or Return. If you want to delete a layer, you can either click and drag it to the trash can here, or you can just press Delete or Backspace. Another way that you can create a layer is by going to the Layer pulldown menu and then choosing New and then selecting layer. You'll also notice there's a shortcut here. The shortcut on a Mac is Shift+Command+N, on Windows, that's Shift+Ctrl+N. Let's try out that shortcut.
We will go ahead and press those keys, Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows. Once again, we can name this layer. I will just call this one new layer and then click or press OK. And you can see we now have that layer above our background layer. Another type of a layer that we can create really easily is a type layer. If you click on your Type tool, you can then reposition your cursor over your image and just simply click. As you do that, it will then create a new type layer.
Here, I am going to type out something; I'll type out CREATIVITY IS MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY, one of my favorite quotes. Then press Command+Return or Ctrl+Enter in order to apply the type field or exit that type field. Well, here now I have this type layer, and I want to move it around. Let's select the Move tool and then click and drag to reposition this. Well, this is now starting to become kind of an interesting layout with this light and also this type here, but I want to put a background behind this.
I want to put something which is kind of dark. Well, one of the things that you might want to do is you might want to create a new layer and then add a shape to that layer. Let's take a look at how we could do that. So here we will click on our new layer icon. I am going to go ahead and name this background. Next, I am going to select the Marquee tool. The Marquee tool is located right beneath the Move tool. You can click on it and then simply click and drag in order to create a shape.
So here, I now have this shape that I have selected, this selected area on this layer. Well, I want to fill this up with something. One of the ways that you can do that is you can navigate to your Edit pulldown menu and then choose Fill. In this Fill dialog, you can determine how you want to fill that selected area, and I want to fill it with black, 100% black. Here, we will click OK. Now that we've done that, we need to do a few things. First I need to deselect.
You go to Select, you can then choose Deselect, which will deselect if we've chosen or if we have used one of our Selection tools. The next thing I need to do is solve this problem that I created. Currently this black background bar here, well, it's covering my text layer. Well, if ever you need to reorder your layers, you simply click and drag, and you can see how I am doing that here so that this is now underneath that Text layer. Next, it might be nice to lower the opacity of this. So I will click on the Opacity slider, and I'll make this more transparent, and here you can see it's just slightly darkening that background area, and then I will go ahead and choose the Move tool.
What I want to do is just push my text over a little bit. So I will click in the text layer and then I will just click and drag and move this over, or you can always just use your arrow keys to nudge it around. So just to recap a few things that we covered here in this movie, we took a look at how we could create new layers-- how we could do that by clicking on this icon or by using the layer menu or by using that shortcut which is listed here. We also explored how we could rename a layer, how you could double-click into the layer name and just simply type a new name.
We as well looked at how we could create a shape on a layer. We explored how we could fill that shape with black and then reorder our layers so that one layer was on top of another. And then finally, we looked at how we could change our opacity. And you know, with these basic skills, you can do so much with layers because these really are the fundamentals for working with layers. Well, now that we've covered the fundamentals, let's dig a little bit deeper into layers, and let's do that in the next few movies.
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