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Introducing layer comps


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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Introducing layer comps

In this movie, I'll introduce you to layer comps, which allow you to save the visibility of a layer or group, that is, whether it's turned on or off, as well as appearance attributes including opacity, blend modes and layer effects. And Layer Comps can be useful for creating design variations inside of a single image file. As well as graphic alternates for a client for example. We'll be using Layer Comps in order to demonstrate the stages in the creation of this artwork. To get to the Layer Comps pannel, go up to the Window menu and choose Layer Comps and then you will see where this image is concerned a total of 7 Layer Comps in a row right here, we can tell that the final Layer Comp is active because it has a little page icon in front of it, you can switch between Layer Comps by clicking in the Little box in Front of the comp, like so.
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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)
      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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9h 4m Advanced Oct 15, 2013 Updated Oct 01, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating professional-quality effects with expertly combined art filters
  • Creating a dimensional watermark with lighting effects
  • Correcting for camera shake with the Shake Reduction filter
  • Removing distortion from a GoPro photo
  • Correcting a panorama with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Animating text with Puppet Warp
  • Adding transitions, text, and sound to videos
  • Creating an authentic HDR portrait shot
  • Managing and leveraging advanced layer options
  • Recording automatic actions and batch processing
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Introducing layer comps

In this movie, I'll introduce you to layer comps, which allow you to save the visibility of a layer or group, that is, whether it's turned on or off, as well as appearance attributes including opacity, blend modes and layer effects. And Layer Comps can be useful for creating design variations inside of a single image file. As well as graphic alternates for a client for example. We'll be using Layer Comps in order to demonstrate the stages in the creation of this artwork. To get to the Layer Comps pannel, go up to the Window menu and choose Layer Comps and then you will see where this image is concerned a total of 7 Layer Comps in a row right here, we can tell that the final Layer Comp is active because it has a little page icon in front of it, you can switch between Layer Comps by clicking in the Little box in Front of the comp, like so.

And in this case I've switched to the Facial features comp. You can also advance through the comps, by clicking on these Arrow icons at the bottom of the panel. So, let's say I decide to start with final artwork. I'll go ahead and click in front of it, so it's active. And then if I click on the Right pointing Arrowhead. I'll cycle around to the very first Layer Comp in a stack, Join sketch, which is that pencil sketch that Sam and I created together. And then I can go ahead and advance from there to the template version of the image and so forth.

Now, if you loaded D keys, I've gone ahead and set up keyboard short-cuts to go forward and backward through the Layer Comps. And so to go forward, you press mash-your-fist, F12. That is to say, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F12 here on a PC, or Cmd+Shift+Option+F12 on a Mac And that way I can just advance all the way through the various stages of this artwork, like so. If you want to move backwards, it's the same thing, but F 11. So, Ctrl Shift Alt F 11. Here on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-Option, F11 on the Mac.

So that's really all there is to working with Layer Comps. Once you've created them, of course. But let me show you what happens if something goes wrong with your Layer Comps. I'll go ahead and switch to this version of the image here. That contains a total of 5 added to 7 layer accounts that are available in the other file because we'll be creating those missing too in the next movies. But for now, I want you to notice that we have some caution icons next to three of the Comps. And these are the combs that have existed. Over the course of the last few movies.

The reason that they have these caution icons, is because we deleted those empty layers, a few movies back. And anytime you delete a layer after creating a Comp, then you get this alert message, telling you something is missing. But, in our case it turns out not to be a problem at all, because we can just update the Comp so it doesn't remember those old layers. And here's how that works. We want to go ahead and click in front of the Comp in question. In my case final artwork, in order to make it active. And then just make sure everything you see on screen is the way you want it to be.

In which case, drop down to this little update icon at the bottom of the panel, and click on it and that will update the Layer Comp so it has no memory of the missing layers. And as a result the Caution icon disappears. Now I'll go ahead and advance to joint sketch which looks totally great, no problems. So I'll click on the Update icon for it is well and then I'll advance to the template layer, which also looks exactly the way it should. And so I'll click on that update icon a final time. Now of course if there had been some problems and you do have to keep a careful eye out.

To make sure that nothing's missing. Then you pour over your layers and turn the layers on or off that need to be changed. In my case, however, I'm just going to go ahead and advance through my remaining layer comps to just make sure that they look fine, until I arrive at the final version of the artwork shown here. And so there you have the basics for working with Layer Comps as well as updating them. In the next movie, I'll show you how to create a custom Layer Comp of your own.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery .


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Q: This course was updated on 10/1/2014. What changed?

A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Illustrator CC, including changes to the art filters, the Puppet Warp tool, HDR, layers, and actions.

 
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