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Filtering and finding layers

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Video: Filtering and finding layers

Here we're going to take a look at, perhaps, one of the most powerful and helpful features in the Layers panel, and it's a feature which allows us to filter in to find our Layers panel. You know, one of the problems with Photoshop is that it's just a ton of fun. It's easy to get carried away and to create all of these different layers. Well, this new filtering feature can help you find and manage your layers in a really fascinating way. You may remember in the previous movie we created this new layer, branches copy. Yet at the end we decided not to use this layer, and you know this happens all the time in our workflows.

Filtering and finding layers

Here we're going to take a look at, perhaps, one of the most powerful and helpful features in the Layers panel, and it's a feature which allows us to filter in to find our Layers panel. You know, one of the problems with Photoshop is that it's just a ton of fun. It's easy to get carried away and to create all of these different layers. Well, this new filtering feature can help you find and manage your layers in a really fascinating way. You may remember in the previous movie we created this new layer, branches copy. Yet at the end we decided not to use this layer, and you know this happens all the time in our workflows.

We get carried away, and at the end of our workflow we have all of these layers that we're not using. All the visibility has been turned off. Well, it might be helpful to get rid of those layers in order to clean up our Layers panel and also in order to decrease our file size for a document. Well, we can now do that with the layer filtering. If you go to the top of the Layers panel, you'll notice you have a Filtering pulldown menu. I'm going to start off by navigating to Attribute. When we do that, we'll see some options on the right.

We can choose different attributes here. In this case we'll choose the attribute Not Visible. This will then show me all of the layers in my document which have the visibility turned off. What you could do is you could then select those layers, then press Delete or Backspace. This would clean up your file and also decrease your file size. Well, how else can we filter or find layers? Let's go back to this pulldown menu. Well, with this image, one of the things that I realized at this point is while I've cleaned up my Layers panel, I want to make a few more creative adjustments, and I know that somewhere inside of all of these groups I have some sort of a color adjustment, but I just can't find it.

Well, you can filter by Kind. And let's say with this image I want to make this more red, and I could go and select this icon which allows me to see my adjustment layers. There is my Color Balance adjustment. Double-click it, make the needed adjustment-- in this case to increase the red-- and then I can close this panel and be on my way. In other words, this filtering, it allows me to see specific layers. Once I'm done with this filtering--or you can either flip the toggle switch to disable this or turn it off, or you can click on the icon or the type of filtering that you applied.

There are other types of filtering which might be helpful as well. For example, let's go down to Blending mode. Remember when we previously applied a blending mode of Soft Light? Well, here we could choose a blending mode and then filter based on that type and this will show us all of our layers with this blending mode. Here we might decide to click on one of these and perhaps increase the opacity of those layers. Or we could also change the blending mode. So again, this gives us this control to access these files or these layers, rather than having to click through and find them.

Another way that's really helpful to do some filtering is to search by the layer name. Here I'll go ahead and highlight that briefly. If you click on Name, you can then type in a layer name. Here I know I have a layer named sky. I could type that in, or we could search for other names. For example, you can just start to type out some words. In this case I'll type out B for branch. Notice that it shows you all of the different layers which start off with this letter. Then I'll go ahead and continue to type out, and eventually it's going to get down to show me just this particular layer.

The advantage of this is that, again, it gives you really quick access to your layers. Once you're done with any of this filtering, well, you can just flip the toggle switch to go back to an unfiltered view of your layers. So as you can see here, this new layering functionality can be really helpful. It can allow you to access and to find different layers, and this can be helpful, whether you're looking to clean something up or make a change or correction to your file, or if you just want to creatively explore different options. So if you haven't experimented with the layer filtering, I definitely recommend you do so, because I think it has the potential to be a great help to your workflow.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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