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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here in this movie we are going to take a look at some of the new options that we have when it comes to free transforming a layer. And these options are great for photographers, because we know that whenever we change the size of a photograph, we need to choose an appropriate image interpolation in order to maintain that layer's or that image's integrity. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that here. Well, here you can see I have this branches layer. Let's work with a duplicate copy of this layer.
To do that, that press Command+J or Ctrl+J. Next, I want you to change the Blending mode to Normal and the Opacity to 100%. Let's go ahead and do that by going to the Blending mode pulldown menu and then selecting Normal. And it will take that Opacity all the way up to 100, and here you can see we have these tree branches. We can see through the branches in this case because it's inside of this group and this group, well, it has a lower opacity. Well, after we have made those changes, if you simply click and drag this around, you'll notice that this is a really big image. We are just seeing part of it.
Well, let's say that I want to make this image smaller, and I want to do so by free transforming it. Well, one of the ways that we can access free transform is by going to the Edit pulldown menu, and here we can select Free Transform. There's also a shortcut, that's Command+T on a Mac, or Ctrl+T on Windows. And again, when it comes to working with photographs and layers, we are using this command a lot. Yet, when you trigger this, one of things that you'll notice is you have changes in the options bar and you have something new.
We now have Image Interpolations options. If you click on this pulldown menu, you can see these options Bicubic, we have Smoother, Sharper, and Automatic. Automatic is new to Photoshop CS6. This will choose the Bicubic Interpolation which will work best for your transformation. We will be talking about this more later when we take a look at image resizing. The other different options--well, it's a little hard to know what these do. Yet, what I wanted to here is show you a place where you can get some information about which one will work best for your situation.
So before we free transform this layer, let's go ahead and click off of that and just click this check box here in order to exit the free transformation. Well, next let's go to the Image pulldown menu, and here we are going to temporarily open up our Image Size dialog and we are doing this just to gain some information. We are not going to be using this dialog, rather, we're just going to be looking at this menu here. Well, in this menu we have these same controls, yet now they tell us which control works best for different situations.
In this case Bicubic Smoother, well, it's best if we are going to free transform or make something bigger. Bicubic Sharper on the other hand, well, that will be best of we are going to make something smaller. Bicubic Automatic, we will choose the option for us. Well, now that we know this and now that we are little bit more educated with these options, let's go ahead and cancel out of this dialog and go back to free transforming this layer. All right. Well, here we will go to our Edit pulldown menu. We will go ahead and select Free Transform. Well, in this case, because this image is really big, we can't see the free transform handles.
So what you can do is zoom out. An easy way to zoom out is to press Command+Minus on the Mac, Ctrl+Minus on Windows. As we do that we can eventually see, well, all of these free transform handles. Well, here, before I start dragging these handles, what I want to do is choose an Image Interpolation. In this case, because this file is going to become smaller, what I could do is choose Bicubic Sharper or Bicubic Automatic. I will go ahead and select Bicubic Automatic and then go ahead and hold down the Shift key and click and drag these corner points.
I am just going to make this much smaller, so I have this texture in the layer sitting on top of the image. And again, by choosing one of these options, what it will do is it will help maintain the integrity of that file. And when it comes to working with photographs on layers, this is paramount. It is so important. It can really change the difference of the way that you work with your photographs. All right. Well, to apply that, press Enter or Return and the press Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus to zoom back in. All right. Well, with this layer we can now see that we free transformed it.
We have made these changes. But you know what? In regards to my overall creative project, I don't really like this layer. And a lot of times what happens in our layer workflows is we make changes and we hide the visibility of a layer. Yet this layer is still inside the file. It's still taking up file size. Many times we will have these layer documents and we will have tons of layers that we are not using because we decided along the way that it wasn't the best adjustment.
Well, in the next movie, let's take a look at how we can deal with layers like this and also how we can start to filter and find other layers. And let's take a look at how we can do that in a completely new way inside of Photoshop CS6. So go ahead and leave this document open, because we will continue to work with it in the next movie.
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