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Layer style effects

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Video: Layer style effects

>> Male Speaker: In this movie we'll work on the image layer_style_effects. Go ahead and crack that one open by double-clicking it. F to go to full screen view mode, and then double- click the Zoom tool to take it to 100 percent. Here we have an image, and this was shot in Soho in New York after a wonderful dinner with some cool people and I love it when it rains. I love taking photos when it rains. It's so funny. A lot of people, when it rains they put their camera away. That's when I pull mine out because you get some of the most unique stuff because no one else shoots during that time.

Layer style effects

>> Male Speaker: In this movie we'll work on the image layer_style_effects. Go ahead and crack that one open by double-clicking it. F to go to full screen view mode, and then double- click the Zoom tool to take it to 100 percent. Here we have an image, and this was shot in Soho in New York after a wonderful dinner with some cool people and I love it when it rains. I love taking photos when it rains. It's so funny. A lot of people, when it rains they put their camera away. That's when I pull mine out because you get some of the most unique stuff because no one else shoots during that time.

Anyway, the rain had just past, and this was a really neat little alleyway. Okay, so it's all kind of sized down, low res so we can work on it. Here is a really important shortcut. This full screen mode that we're working in right now is a light gray. Not a good way to preview images. We talked about this before that if it's really dark like the black full screen mode; it makes it feel more contrast. If it's too light or white, it makes it feel flatter. So we want this to go to middle gray. The way that we can change that is go into our Paint Bucket tool and then picking a color in our color picker.

Again this is a great joke to play on your colleagues is to grab the Paint Bucket tool and then Shift+click the background and then that full screen mode is now mint green, which is pretty hideous. Of course you would never want to do that to your own computer and maybe I shouldn't endorse playing jokes on people because I'll get in trouble. But anyway, you want to take this to middle gray. The way we're going to do that is selecting the color picker, going to a hue of 0, saturation of 0, and brightness value of 50 percent. So H is hue, S is saturation, B is brightness. If we want to go to middle gray, you can also enter 128, 128, 128, and RGB.

That will take it to middle gray and then go ahead with the Paint Bucket and Shift+click that background. Once you've done that once, it will always be set that way until you change it. So a great way to view images, you definitely want to change that full screen view mode and it will help you analyze both the color and the tone of your image. All right, back to layers. Here we have a few layers. And we want to create a little promo card, let's say. And we don't know what all these layers are yet. We will soon though. And we have this image of the bridge and then above that we have this layer that affects the color.

The only problem is that when I turn off this layer, I notice that this color layer or adjustment layer, it's actually a curves adjustment layer, more on that in the next couple of chapters actually. So I don't want this curves adjustment to effect anything but the image immediately underneath it. Well, you know that shortcut. You learned it last time. The way that you do that is you Option+click or Alt+click between the two images, your cursor will change. And now what you'll see even when you turn that image off, this adjustment layer is disabled, the eye icon is shaded out.

i.e., it's only affecting the image underneath it. There's great power in that little shortcut of creating what's called a clipping mask. All right, let's learn a couple more things about layers. We can see that the layer soho_ny_05 has what's called a layer style effect. If you click on the arrow, you see that there's an effect and it's a stroke, which is a brush stroke of color around the perimeter of the image. How the heck was that created and what are some shortcuts that are new to CS in regards to using these? Let's go ahead and click and drag that to the Trash and then target that layer.

So we'll target the layer soho_ny_05, and go down to the Layer Style Effects icon. From the pop-up menu, choose Stroke, and you'll notice now that you have a bunch of different options. Right now the corners of the brush stroke are soft. If you want them to be hard, take it to a Position of Inside. We can change the dimensions of that brush stroke and also the color. And so I'm going to try to choose a color from inside the image, maybe find something kind of interesting there, and now I have this brush stroke effect.

If I want to add a drop shadow, I'll click the Drop Shadow icon and then click on the field for Drop Shadow and notice that the options have now updated in the middle of the screen. I'll reel it in, make it a little bit closer, a little bit less prominent. I can also pull it away if I want to and change the angle. So you have a ton of different options in regard to layer style effects. Most of these are really straightforward, so you'll want to experiment a little bit with those. Let's at least apply two, Drop Shadow and Stroke, click OK.

All right, so that's cool. The only problem is when I go to turn on the other image; it doesn't have those same effects. So of course I could go back to layer style effects, and apply them again, but that would take a lot of time. So how can I do things in a more efficient manner? Well, what I can do is I can actually drag and drop these layer effects. If I simply click on them and reposition them, we'll notice that now they're attached to this image. The only problem with that is that I lost them on the image below. So how can I drag and drop, i.e., copy and paste? Well, let me show you a shortcut.

This shortcut is true in most operating systems, and you need to type out some text. Currently we have text, and in almost all operating systems, you can Option+click or Alt+click and drag and it will copy and paste. This works in folders as well. If you have folders you need to copy and paste, it works within the Bridge, it works within PC operating system, Mac operating system, and it also works inside of Photoshop. So we're going to take advantage of the knowledge of that shortcut, go the effects and go ahead and option or alt click and drag.

And you'll notice that now there are double the effects, i.e., there are effects on that image as well as on this image and they're identical. Which is really nice because I didn't have to dial in the exact effect twice. Well, let's say I want to change the effect or I want to turn off the drop shadow, I can do that with the eye icon. I can also right-click or Control+click the F icon. This is new to CS2, kind of cool. And I can choose, well let's say, Outer Glow. And then that will open up the menu to that particular setting and I can add an outer glow.

I can also choose Stroke, and then it will take me to the brush stroke and there I could either turn it on or off or change its width or something along those lines. So I must say I'm impressed with the new features that Adobe added to the Layers palette. I think they're great; they definitely will speed up our workflow, which is always important. And they will ultimately help us become more creative.

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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2

209 video lessons · 19681 viewers

Chris Orwig

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  1. 32m 43s
    1. Welcome
    2. Opening words
      1m 56s
    3. General tips 1
      2m 5s
    4. General tips 2
      4m 47s
    5. General tips 3
      3m 6s
    6. The interface
      3m 27s
    7. Custom menus and shortcuts
      3m 3s
    8. Photoshop preferences 1
      6m 24s
    9. Photoshop preferences 2
      4m 35s
    10. Color settings
      2m 51s
  2. 24m 36s
    1. Bit depth 101
      6m 43s
    2. Intro to image size
      2m 37s
    3. Image size 1 - resize
      6m 10s
    4. Image size 2 - crop
      5m 5s
    5. Image size 3 - scans
      4m 1s
  3. 16m 59s
    1. Intro to color management
      2m 53s
    2. Hardware considerations
      6m 19s
    3. Monitor calibration
      4m 15s
    4. Color settings
      3m 32s
  4. 48m 58s
    1. Bridge 101
      3m 26s
    2. Bridge preferences 1
      4m 2s
    3. Bridge preferences 2
      3m 41s
    4. Bridge preferences 3
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Bridge 1
      3m 12s
    6. Using the Bridge 2
      2m 30s
    7. Using the Bridge 3
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Bridge 4
      5m 35s
    9. Using the Bridge 5
      4m 6s
    10. Bridge slideshow
      5m 49s
    11. Metadata and collections
      3m 50s
    12. Metadata template
      2m 33s
    13. Batch processing with Image Processor
      4m 29s
  5. 1h 14m
    1. Creative tip: Gear
      3m 8s
    2. Camera RAW 101
      6m 8s
    3. Camera RAW preferences
      3m 21s
    4. Camera RAW workflow 1
      2m 24s
    5. Camera RAW workflow 2
      2m 21s
    6. Camera RAW workflow 3
      4m 44s
    7. Camera RAW workflow 4
      4m 43s
    8. Camera RAW workflow 5
      5m 18s
    9. Camera RAW workflow 6
      6m 31s
    10. Camera RAW workflow 7
      5m 44s
    11. RAW resizing
      2m 51s
    12. DNG overview
      5m 2s
    13. DNG conversion
      2m 55s
    14. Black and white 1
      6m 6s
    15. Black and white 2
      5m 3s
    16. Creative color 1
      3m 48s
    17. Creative color 2
      4m 38s
  6. 28m 5s
    1. Overview
      6m 56s
    2. Linking and groups
      3m 28s
    3. Alignment
      2m 1s
    4. Layer order and Clipping Masks
      5m 37s
    5. Layer style effects
      6m 22s
    6. History
      3m 41s
  7. 35m 29s
    1. Intro to masking
      4m 57s
    2. Using masking
      4m 56s
    3. Masking and color
      5m 47s
    4. Modifying color/tone
      5m 5s
    5. Quick mask and more
      6m 4s
    6. Custom borders 1
      3m 5s
    7. Custom borders 2
      5m 35s
  8. 24m 29s
    1. Creative tip: Kitchen
      2m 45s
    2. Replacing color
      2m 52s
    3. Magic Wand
      4m 21s
    4. More on color
      4m 8s
    5. Intro to paths
      3m 31s
    6. Creating and using paths
      6m 52s
  9. 11m 36s
    1. Understanding levels
      2m 51s
    2. Enhancing with levels 1
      4m 8s
    3. Enhancing with levels 2
      4m 37s
  10. 24m 34s
    1. Demystifying curves
      3m 47s
    2. Getting to know curves
      7m 40s
    3. Enhancing color and tone 1
      4m 53s
    4. Enhancing color and tone 2
      4m 57s
    5. Curves and actions
      3m 17s
  11. 23m 12s
    1. Creative tip: Dead Sea
      5m 9s
    2. Understanding blend modes
      7m 28s
    3. Using blend modes 2
      3m 33s
    4. Using blend modes 1
      3m 0s
    5. Using blend modes 3
      4m 2s
  12. 37m 32s
    1. Removing redeye
      1m 22s
    2. Fixing color with levels/curves 1
      4m 58s
    3. Fixing color with levels/curves 2
      3m 57s
    4. Color correction with a color chart
      3m 8s
    5. Skin by the numbers 1
      4m 10s
    6. Skin by the numbers 2
      3m 1s
    7. Skin by the numbers 3
      4m 20s
    8. Skin by the numbers 4
      1m 35s
    9. Advanced color correction 1
      11m 1s
  13. 30m 32s
    1. Enhancing color 1
      3m 12s
    2. Enhancing color 2
      4m 18s
    3. Enhancing color 3
      5m 12s
    4. Cross-processing with curves 1
      3m 12s
    5. Cross-processing with curves 2
      2m 35s
    6. Advanced saturation with Lab
      3m 59s
    7. Non-destructive burning/dodging 1
      2m 39s
    8. Non-destructive burning/dodging 2
      2m 20s
    9. Non-destructive burning/dodging 3
      3m 5s
  14. 10m 49s
    1. Creative tip: Disney
      2m 40s
    2. Black and white conversion 1
      3m 0s
    3. Black and white conversion 2
      5m 9s
  15. 3h 25m
    1. The art of retouching
      2m 24s
    2. Nature 1
      3m 9s
    3. Nature 2
      4m 17s
    4. Nature 3
      4m 27s
    5. Nature 4
      4m 43s
    6. Restoration 1
      2m 27s
    7. Restoration 2
      2m 59s
    8. Restoration 3
      2m 12s
    9. Restoration 4
      4m 26s
    10. Restoration 5
      4m 31s
    11. People - cleaning up
      5m 6s
    12. People - removing distractions
      3m 56s
    13. Architecture - cleaning up and coloring
      4m 14s
    14. People - skin and flyaways
      5m 5s
    15. People - reducing wrinkles 1
      3m 36s
    16. People - reducing wrinkles 2
      4m 53s
    17. People - whitening teeth 1
      5m 3s
    18. People - whitening teeth 2
      3m 31s
    19. People - enhancing eyes 1
      3m 28s
    20. People - enhancing eyes 2
      3m 2s
    21. People - enhancing eyes 3
      4m 4s
    22. People - enhancing eyes, skin and lips
      6m 46s
    23. People - working with highlights
      3m 42s
    24. People - enhancing eyes and eyelashes
      9m 36s
    25. People - working with light
      4m 7s
    26. People - enhancing eyebrows and lips
      7m 53s
    27. People - enhancing eyes, tone and color
      8m 33s
    28. Fashion retouching 1
      4m 41s
    29. Fashion retouching 2
      2m 41s
    30. Fashion retouching 3
      10m 1s
    31. People - enhancing skin 1
      9m 59s
    32. People - enhancing skin 2
      6m 19s
    33. Fashion retouching workflow 1
      8m 59s
    34. Fashion retouching workflow 2
      4m 26s
    35. Fashion retouching workflow 3
      3m 6s
    36. Fashion retouching workflow 4
      4m 9s
    37. Fashion retouching workflow 5
      3m 10s
    38. Fashion retouching workflow 6
      1m 43s
    39. Fashion retouching workflow 7
      2m 12s
    40. Fashion retouching workflow 8
      7m 11s
    41. Fashion retouching workflow 9
      4m 47s
    42. Fashion retouching workflow 10
      4m 6s
    43. Fashion retouching workflow 11
      3m 41s
    44. Retouching tips
      1m 56s
  16. 28m 54s
    1. Understanding shadow/highlights
      1m 51s
    2. Using shadow/highlights 1
      3m 8s
    3. Using shadow/highlights 2
      5m 5s
    4. Multiple exposures in the wild
      7m 26s
    5. Multiple exposures in architecture 1
      1m 22s
    6. Multiple exposures in architecture 2
      2m 56s
    7. Multiple exposures in architecture 3
      4m 10s
    8. Multiple exposures in architecture 4
      2m 56s
  17. 10m 38s
    1. Creative tip: Inspiration
      4m 54s
    2. Lens Correction filter - architecture
      4m 21s
    3. Lens Correction filter - people
      1m 23s
  18. 12m 50s
    1. Dust removal 1
      5m 11s
    2. Dust removal 2
      3m 35s
    3. Dust removal 3
      4m 4s
  19. 10m 31s
    1. Noise Reduction filter
      5m 3s
    2. Surface Blur and Noise Reduction filters
      5m 28s
  20. 12m 6s
    1. Creative tip: Creative People
      1m 22s
    2. Deconstructing the Lens Blur
      6m 46s
    3. The Lens Blur in action
      3m 58s
  21. 1h 23m
    1. Warming filter
      2m 34s
    2. Coloring with curves
      2m 10s
    3. Coloring with curves, color balance and hue/saturation
      2m 6s
    4. Edgy color and tone 1
      4m 48s
    5. Edgy color and tone 2
      6m 19s
    6. Creative toning
      5m 18s
    7. Camera RAW color creativity 1
      3m 30s
    8. Camera RAW color creativity 2
      3m 48s
    9. Deconstructing the creative process
      7m 58s
    10. Illumination 1
      1m 59s
    11. Illumination 2
      2m 5s
    12. Illumination 3
      2m 35s
    13. Illumination 4
      3m 47s
    14. Fun with Motion Blur
      2m 35s
    15. Motion Blur - spinning and zooming
      4m 38s
    16. Motion Blur and masking
      4m 44s
    17. Creative perspective 1 - Annika
      4m 59s
    18. Creative perspective 2 - Baja beach
      4m 9s
    19. Creative perspective 3 - Baja boats
      4m 41s
    20. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 1
      4m 23s
    21. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 2
      3m 57s
  22. 29m 20s
    1. Understanding Unsharp Mask
      3m 4s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      3m 56s
    3. High pass sharpening
      3m 29s
    4. New - Smart Sharpen
      4m 35s
    5. Smart Sharpen in action
      5m 35s
    6. Smart Sharpen in action 2
      2m 29s
    7. Nik Sharpener Pro
      6m 12s
  23. 15m 40s
    1. Creative tip: Reading
      3m 30s
    2. Creating a panorama 1
      2m 28s
    3. Creating a panorama 2 - Alaska
      5m 11s
    4. Creating a panorama 3 - Alaska 2
      4m 31s
  24. 28m 7s
    1. Saving Web images 1
      5m 29s
    2. Saving Web images 2
      1m 30s
    3. Creating a PDF
      3m 33s
    4. Creating a Picture Package
      1m 55s
    5. Creating a Web gallery
      2m 43s
    6. Creating promo cards 1
      4m 17s
    7. Creating promo cards 2
      7m 7s
    8. Creating promo cards 3
      1m 33s
  25. 11m 56s
    1. Photoshop tools - ordering prints
      2m 55s
    2. Printing resources
      2m 44s
    3. Printing
      6m 17s
  26. 1m 14s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 14s

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