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Join Photoshop master Deke McClelland in the fourth and final installment of his popular Photoshop CC One-on-One series. In this course, Deke shares step-by-step tutorials and expert-level insights on the most powerful features, helping you make your own way to true Photoshop mastery.
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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