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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Now, let's say that you want to create a group and put layers inside of it at the same time. Well, you start off by selecting the items that you want to put in the group and I am going to start by selecting the Stretch layer right here by clicking on it, and I could also Shift-click on the Background layer but I can't add the Background layer to a group. Notice by the way, the Background layer has a little lock icon next to it and that demonstrates to you that there is not a lot you can do with the Background layer, it is a fixed layer at the back of a stack, you can convert it to an independent layer if you want to.
But so long, as it remains the Background layer, by definition, it is flat and independent of all layers inside the document, and you can't group it either. Anyway, I am going to go ahead and Ctrl-click on that layer in order to deselect it. So I've just got the Stretch layer selected at the moment and then I am going to Shift-click on the Adjustments group. And that's right, you can group not only layers, but you can group groups as well, so you can have up to five groups deep inside of a composition.
So nested groups, groups inside groups inside groups, totally up to you if you want to work that way by the way. Alright, so I have selected this bunch of layers and groups right here. I would now go up to the Layers palette menu and I would choose new group from Layers. That would bring up this naming dialog box and I would go ahead and call this group, Uber group and click OK in order to manufacture the new group. And notice, right off the bat, it's got the other stuff inside of it. So it's got the Adjustments group, the Dinosaurs group and the Stretch group all contained inside of this Uber group.
Now, a command that useful must have a keyboard shortcut, but if you look at it, it doesn't look like it has a keyboard shortcut. There is no shortcut listed. In fact, it's something of a hidden shortcut as it turns out. It's listed in the Layers menu, but it's not listed here, and this is what you do. Go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that operation just so that we can try out this alternative here. And then, with all of these groups and layers selected here, press Ctrl+G or Command=G on the Mac, that's all there is to it, Ctrl+G, Command+G goes ahead and groups those selected items in the Layers palette into a new group.
And by the way, if you go to Layer menu, you can see this keyboard shortcut right there, group layers, and there is another keyboard shortcut that allows you to ungroup layers which is Ctrl+Shift+G or Command+Shift+G on the Mac. Alright, let's go ahead and rename this layer, that's the downside, so it doesn't bring up that naming dialog box at the same time. And normally, you could force the dialog box to come up on screen by pressing Alt or Option key, so like you press Ctrl+Alt+G or Command+Option+G but that does not work as it turns out.
That gives you a clipping mask instead, just one of those things. So I am just trying to anticipate any questions you might have because I can't hear you very well from here. That is how you make groups inside a Photoshop. Is that not awesome? Very tidy, handy, little tool available to you inside of the program. In the next exercise, we are going to start building up some of the TV elements, including the interlacing lines that make TV so very enjoyable.
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