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Grouping layers by name

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Video: Grouping layers by name

In this movie, I'll show you how searching layers by name can expedite the process of grouping layers inside of a complex document. But first, I'm going to start things off with this nifty little trick. Over the course of the last few movies, I've been entering all sorts of filtering criteria. For example, my color is set to yellow. My attribute is set to empty which no longer produces any results. Mode is set to multiply last time around. Effect is set to overlay and so forth. Let's say you want to clear out all of those filter settings.

Grouping layers by name

In this movie, I'll show you how searching layers by name can expedite the process of grouping layers inside of a complex document. But first, I'm going to start things off with this nifty little trick. Over the course of the last few movies, I've been entering all sorts of filtering criteria. For example, my color is set to yellow. My attribute is set to empty which no longer produces any results. Mode is set to multiply last time around. Effect is set to overlay and so forth. Let's say you want to clear out all of those filter settings.

Then what you do is press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and click on the little filter switch right there. And that goes ahead and switches you back to kind. And it clears out everything else you've done. Notice the name field is empty. The effect is set back to bevel emboss. The color down here at the bottom is restored to none. And so forth. Alright, and I'm going to switch back to kind here so that we can see all the layers inside the image. Now if you want to be able to search by name, then you need to name your layers.

So I can't stress how important it is to assign names to your layers as you're working inside your documents in Photoshop. Then what you do is either switch the search criteria back to name or another way to work is to go up to the Select menu and choose find layers. Which has this keyboard shortcut of mash your fist f. So Control Shift Alt F on a PC, Command Shift Option F on a Mac. And that's going to go ahead and automatically select name, as well as activate the name option here. And then you can just go ahead and enter a name such as ear, for example, in order to show all the ear layers.

Now I don't want this text layer to be part of the group. So I'll click on the top ear layer, and Shift click on the bottom one to select this range. And then the way I prefer to work, as opposed to pressing Control G or Command G on the Mac, is to go up to the layers panel fly out menu, and then choose new group from layers. And that way, you'll get this dialog box, and you can enter ears for your group name, and click okay. And that'll show you that you now have this new group called ears. So it's just a way of confirming that you've done the right thing.

Now I'm going to select that Name option again. And I'll enter arm. And notice, by the way, that I don't want to enter more characters than I need. For example, check out this list here. We've got a total of five layers. But if I change this to arms, instead of arm, I lose a layer. So just bear that in mind as you work along, here. So, we want the word arm singular then go ahead and press Control Alt A or Command Option A on a Mac to select all those layers. Go up to the layers panel fly out menu, choose new group from layers and name the new group arms.

Let's do the same for the legs, but this time I'm going to take advantage of the keyboard shortcut. So, I'll press Control > Shift > Alt > F or Command Shift Option F on the Mac. And the advantage there is that goes ahead and selects the old name so you can just enter a new one such as leg singular. And then I'll go ahead and select all these layers by pressing Control > Alt > A or Command > Option > A on a Mac. Click the flyout menu icon and choose new group from layers, call the new group legs, and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. One more item we want to search for.

Press Control > Shift > Alt F or Command > Shift > Option > F on a Mac in order to select the name, and then I'll enter hair this time around. Press Control > Alt > A or Command > Option > A on a Mac to select all the layers. Go to the flyout menu, choose new group from layers, and call the group hair. Alright, now at this point, we can reveal all the layers inside the image, and get a sense for which layers still need to be grouped. By pressing the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, and clicking on a switch in order to clear out all of our settings. And I can see here, up at the top, I've got this highlights layer.

I'll turn it off and notice we lose the highlights on the top of the monster's head. So I'll go ahead and turn that back on. The reason I'm showing you that, is because there's this other highlights layer right there. If I turn it off, we lose the highlights inside of the eyes. So I had to go ahead and rename this layer eye highlights like so. And then, I'll turn it back on because it's an integral part of this composition. Now notice that not all of the eyes layers are labeled eyes. They don't all have a common word inside of them. For example we've got pupils and veins, so we're going to have to group these guys manually.

But it's a lot easier to tell what's going on because so much of our composition is now grouped. So I'll go ahead and click on eyelids L. And then I'll scroll down the list to bag one. And I'll Shift click on it, in order to select this entire range. And this time, I'll just press Control G, or Command G on a Mac, in order to group those guys into a group that's automatically named group one. And then I'll double click on that, and rename it eyes. Now, I'll click on nose holes right there, and I'll just scroll down the list until I come to the arms group.

I'll Shift-click on mouth crease, the layer right above. And I'll press Control>G or Command>G on a Mac in order to group those layers together, and I'll rename this group nose and mouth. So obviously I have a sense of what's going on inside of this composition. Now notice hand shadows right there. Doesn't contain the word arm so it didn't end up going into the arms group but it really ought to. Because it represents the shadows behind the arms that are being cast onto the creature's body. So I'll just go ahead and grab that layer and drag it and drop it onto the group.

And if you twirl open the arms group now, you'll see that hand shadows automatically appears in the back of the group. So whenever you drag and drop a layer into a closed group, it appears at the bottom of that stack. And if that's not what you want, you can move it to a different location. But as it turns out, that is what we want. So I'll go ahead and twirl arms close, then I'll click on belt loops. And scroll down until I come to size tag which represents all the clothes associated with this guy. And I'll press Control>G or Command >G on a Mac in order to group those guys together.

And I'll rename this group clothing, and then I'll click on button, Shift click on body. So these four layers right there, press Control>G, Command>G on a Mac. And rename this layer body. Then notice I've got this layer right here called curly q. That's this curling hair near the top of the monster. Obviously it is a hair, so I need to drag it and drop it into the hair group. That'll land it at the bottom of that group, which is just fine. Really doesn't matter. And then I've got these two shadow layers right there, where its represent the shadow in front of the creature's body.

I'll go ahead and select both of them. Press Control>G or Command>G in the Mac to group them together and rename this group shadow. And notice we now have a much tidier group of layers inside the layers panel. In fact I can see almost all these layers and groups at a glance even on this very tiny screen. And now if you want to review your groups and make sure everything's organized the way it should be. Then you can Alt+Click or Option+Click on the eye in front of the body layer. And sure enough, there are all the layers that make up the body.

I'll go ahead and turn on the legs and the arms groups as well. Might as well turn on these two background items, forest and contrast. Don't turn on the Fade layer, however. And I can turn on both the hair and the ears groups. And we get the hair and the ears inside the image window, I'll turn on nose and mouth and eyes. And that fills in all the features inside the monster's face. Turn on shadow, that's the shadow that's being cast in front of the monster. Go ahead and scroll up the list and turn on this highlights layer for the highlights on top of his head.

He's a little bit nude at this point, so to provide him with some dignity, I'll turn on the clothing group, in order to add his belts and his cutoffs and so forth. So assuming you've taken the time to name your layers, that's how you search your layers by name, in order to make quick work of grouping, here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery

101 video lessons · 11833 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 25s
  2. 1h 21m
    1. The many and varied filters in the Filter Gallery
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the Filter Gallery
      7m 25s
    3. Modifying Filter Gallery settings
      4m 27s
    4. Combining multiple Filter Gallery effects
      7m 28s
    5. The strange power of the Sketch filters
      7m 19s
    6. Converting an image to etched outlines
      5m 58s
    7. Turning those outlines into "digital ink"
      4m 21s
    8. Duplicating a complex Smart Filter sequence
      5m 31s
    9. Customizing a filter effect for a new image
      6m 47s
    10. Tracking Filter Gallery effects by name
      4m 2s
    11. Pencil sketching one image onto another
      6m 26s
    12. Brightening eyes and teeth in a filtered portrait
      8m 46s
    13. Using the new Oil Paint filter (CC Only)
      8m 8s
    14. Customizing an effect with a filter mask (CC Only)
      3m 56s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Shining light onto a photograph
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing the Lighting Effects filter
      10m 3s
    3. Creating a custom, colorful vignette
      4m 34s
    4. Creating an angled watermark pattern
      5m 24s
    5. Lighting a watermark texture map
      6m 22s
    6. Turning text into a soft texture map
      3m 45s
    7. Creating raised credit-card-style letters
      5m 4s
    8. Wrapping an image using a displacement map
      5m 3s
  4. 30m 38s
    1. Magic is a shaky proposition
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing the Shake Reduction filter
      7m 41s
    3. Drawing custom Blur Trace boundaries
      8m 3s
    4. Modifying and comparing Blur Trace boundaries
      3m 1s
    5. The Blur Direction tool and Source Noise
      2m 58s
    6. Adding grain and smoothing color artifacts
      7m 23s
  5. 33m 37s
    1. Correcting barrel distortion and panoramas
      1m 4s
    2. Introducing the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      4m 17s
    3. Drawing polygonal constraints
      4m 10s
    4. Manually straightening a GoPro photo
      4m 45s
    5. Stitching together a seamless panorama
      4m 35s
    6. Correcting a pano with Adaptive Wide Angle
      6m 57s
    7. Aligning constraints and overcorrecting
      7m 49s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Distorting an extracted image
      1m 24s
    2. Extracting a foreground from a background
      3m 30s
    3. Introducing the Puppet Warp command
      5m 2s
    4. Changing the mode and adding rotation
      4m 58s
    5. Adjusting the Expansion value
      4m 0s
    6. Using Pin Depth and Density
      4m 36s
    7. Applying Puppet Warp to editable text
      6m 41s
    8. Creating an intermediate text frame
      3m 16s
    9. Converting layers into animated frames
      7m 13s
    10. Tweening and animating text
      5m 10s
    11. Exporting a QuickTime movie and GIF animation
      7m 2s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. Why edit video in Photoshop?
      1m 5s
    2. Loading video clips into Photoshop
      5m 57s
    3. Creating gradually fading transitions
      6m 11s
    4. Activating a few painless keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Adding text to your video
      5m 21s
    6. Combining your text into video groups
      4m 57s
    7. Adding motion to text (or any layer)
      5m 33s
    8. Adding soundtracks and voiceovers
      6m 50s
    9. Exporting and examining your video
      6m 14s
    10. Editing an existing video comp
      8m 55s
    11. Adding a video clip to the start of a track
      5m 38s
    12. Superimposing video clips with blend modes
      4m 49s
    13. Applying a Smart Filter to an entire video clip
      5m 30s
  8. 1h 24m
    1. Merging multiple exposures in Photoshop
      1m 52s
    2. Automatically aligning bracketed photographs
      4m 13s
    3. Preparing bracketed photos in Camera Raw
      4m 47s
    4. Introducing the HDR Pro command
      4m 12s
    5. How the HDR Pro settings work
      4m 56s
    6. Dramatically increasing the detail in a photo
      7m 45s
    7. Adding a curve in HDR Pro to heighten reality
      9m 9s
    8. Creating a faux-HDR effect in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    9. Simulating HDR exposures in Camera Raw
      6m 57s
    10. Merging simulated exposures in HDR Pro
      7m 17s
    11. Creating an authentic HDR portrait shot
      6m 12s
    12. Softening an HDR portrait shot
      4m 28s
    13. Developing HDR in Camera Raw
      8m 53s
    14. Working with a 32-bit channel image
      7m 6s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing the multilayer experience
      1m 52s
    2. Renaming a sequence of layers
      5m 35s
    3. Refining the Layers list using filter icons
      3m 31s
    4. Searching by name, effect, and blend mode
      5m 20s
    5. Color property, hide, show, and lock
      5m 28s
    6. Deleting empty layers; replacing fonts (CC 2014) NEW
      5m 56s
    7. Deleting empty layers; replacing fonts (CC)
      4m 34s
    8. Grouping layers by name
      7m 53s
    9. Masking groups and effects in one operation
      5m 28s
    10. Expanding and collapsing all groups and effects
      3m 43s
    11. Introducing layer comps
      4m 4s
    12. Creating a dynamic layer comp
      5m 34s
    13. Applying a mode or effect to an entire group
      8m 55s
    14. Moving many layers without upsetting comps
      3m 28s
  10. 1h 15m
    1. Three incentives to recording actions
      2m 2s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      6m 31s
    3. Recording a simple but practical action
      7m 4s
    4. Modifying settings and playing an action
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a dynamically adjustable action
      5m 5s
    6. Adding steps to an existing action
      7m 56s
    7. Actioning a consistent image resolution
      8m 13s
    8. Modifying an adjustment and adding Save As
      6m 21s
    9. Actioning the creation of a flat CMYK image
      5m 18s
    10. Batch processing an entire folder of images
      6m 41s
    11. Saving and loading your actions
      4m 10s
    12. Creating a conditional action
      8m 47s
  11. 1m 20s
    1. See ya
      1m 20s

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