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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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Dragging and dropping layers


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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Dragging and dropping layers

In this movie, I'm going to introduce the White wall into the background of the artwork. But this time instead of copying and pasting, we'll take advantage of drag and drop. We'll start by looking at how you drag and drop between two windows when you can see both windows at the same time. So I'm going to go up to the Window menu, choose the Arrange command and choose Float in Window. And that way I have the White wall image floating independently with my layered composition in the background. I'll go ahead and zoom out here a little bit so that I can take in the entire image.
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  1. 19m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop
      4m 7s
    3. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 9s
    4. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      2m 45s
    5. Opening an image from Mini Bridge
      1m 16s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      2m 32s
    7. Closing one image and Closing All
      1m 59s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      3m 12s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      4m 27s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      4m 29s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Adjusting a few screen prefs
      4m 16s
  3. 45m 58s
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      3m 3s
    3. The Image Size command
      3m 27s
    4. Common resolution standards
      3m 20s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      4m 36s
    6. Changing the print size
      6m 16s
    7. Downsampling for print
      4m 12s
    8. Downsampling for email
      3m 11s
    9. The interpolation settings
      5m 22s
    10. Downsampling advice
      4m 36s
    11. Upsampling advice
      6m 10s
  4. 53m 17s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      2m 58s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 19s
    1. The art of saving
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      6m 0s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 38s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 41s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      3m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      3m 1s
    4. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    5. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    6. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 42m 6s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      3m 19s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 5s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color cast in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 49s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 58s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
6h 39m Beginner Apr 26, 2012

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.

Topics include:
  • Opening an image from Photoshop, Bridge, or Camera Raw
  • Navigating, zooming, panning, and rotating the canvas
  • Adding, deleting, and merging layers
  • Saving your progress and understanding file formats
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast
  • Identifying and correcting a color cast
  • Making and editing selections
  • Enhancing portraits by retouching skin, teeth, and eyes
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Dragging and dropping layers

In this movie, I'm going to introduce the White wall into the background of the artwork. But this time instead of copying and pasting, we'll take advantage of drag and drop. We'll start by looking at how you drag and drop between two windows when you can see both windows at the same time. So I'm going to go up to the Window menu, choose the Arrange command and choose Float in Window. And that way I have the White wall image floating independently with my layered composition in the background. I'll go ahead and zoom out here a little bit so that I can take in the entire image.

And now, once again switch to the Move tool. And by the way, when I say the shortcut for the Move tool is a V key, there are no modifier keys involved. You just press V by itself. Now if you're working along with me, you move your cursor into the Stucco image and then drag the image into the other piece of artwork and drop it into place. The problem is notice that the Stucco is not centered with respect to the rest of the artwork. Well you can center it using a special trick. So I'll go ahead and undo the modification by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, but it doesn't seem to work and that's because the White wall image over here is active.

Nothing has been done in that image. The change happened over in the other file. So I will click inside that image window to make it active. Then I can go up to the Edit menu and choose the Undo command or as I say, press Ctrl+Z on the PC or Command+Z on the Mac. Now I'll show you how to center the image on the drop. It's a little tricky, but once you understand how it works, it's a great trick. I'll go ahead and click inside the White wall.jpeg image, to make it active again. Then I'll drag the artwork over into the other image file.

And before I release, I still have my mouse button down. I'll press and hold the Shift key, keep that key down and then release. And notice that the White wall is centered in its new home. It's hard to see that it's centered because the layer is actually larger than the canvas, the canvas being the physical perimeter of the image. If I click inside the image to make it active and then I zoom out a little bit, I can find how big the artwork is by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Free Transform command, or once again, you can press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac.

And notice, sure enough, this bounding box shows me that the wall is centered. So again, when you're dragging and dropping, if you press the Shift key on the drop, you center the layer into place. Also worth noting, however, is the fact that a layer or any one layer can be larger than the image. So you do have some wiggle room when you're working inside of Photoshop. All right, I'm just going to press the Escape key to escape out of the Free Transform mode because it just so happens, I don't want to scale this layer. Now, I'm going to get rid of this floating window here by going up to the Window menu, choosing the Arrange command and choosing Consolidate All to Tabs.

And now I want you to notice, just for the sake of confirmation, we have a new layer here inside the Layers panel. However, I want to show you one more way to perform a drag and drop just so you know. So I'm going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac, which automatically gets rid of the active layer. Now I'm going to switch back to that White wall.jpg file. Now press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on a Mac, to fit the image to the screen. When you're working in a consolidated view, in other words, you can't see the other image, the drop image, you can only see its tab, here is what you do.

You drag the image as before, you drag it up to the tab and you hold for a second. You have to hold on that tab until the other image comes into view. Then you move your cursor back into the image window and you drop, and that allows you to perform you a drag and drop between tabbed windows. What about if you want to go ahead and center the image as you drop it? Well then, I will press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac once again, and switch back to the White wall image. You do the same thing, that is, you drag the image all the way up to the tab, wait for it to switch to the other image, move your cursor back into the image window, keep that cursor down, press and hold the Shift key and then release, and you'll go ahead and center that wall into place.

And again, you can confirm the centering by pressing Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac. And sure enough, we have a centered bounding box, so I can press the Escape key to abandon the Free Transform mode. And those are your various ways to drag and drop images into a layered composition.

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Q: When I double click the welcome.psd file included with the exercise files, I get the following error message:

"Some text layers contain fonts that are missing. These layers will need to have the missing fonts replaced before they can be used for vector based output."

Unlike the TIF and JPEG files which display and open correctly, all the icons for PSD files are blank but other than the welcome.psd file, they seem to open correctly without the error message. Is this a problem that I should address (perhaps re-download the files or find the missing fonts)?
A: The TIFF and JPEG files are flat, so they don't contain fonts and the operating system can interpret them (and generate thumbnails) without help from Photoshop. The PSD files have two issues:

First, they may contain editable text complete with font info. The files are designed with fonts that ship with Photoshop, so you don't get error messages, but Adobe sells some versions of Photoshop without fonts. This may be your issue.

Second, the PSD files contain no flat previews. This makes for smaller files, but it means the operating system, Mac or Windows, cannot generate previews. That won't effect your experience in Photoshop, but it does mean you can't see the file until you open it.
 
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