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Masking groups and effects in one operation

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Masking groups and effects in one operation

In this movie, I'll show you how to create a subgroup, which is pretty easy stuff, and just FYI, you can create subgroups inside subgroups up to ten groups deep. And then I'll show you how you can assign a layer mask to an entire group at a time. And the idea here is that, I think these eye bags, over here on the left hand side, should fade out a little bit. They're too crisp right now. In order to to create this final effect here. So here's how that works. We'll go ahead and switch over to my document of progress, and then I'll twirl open the eyes group up here at the top of the stack.

Masking groups and effects in one operation

In this movie, I'll show you how to create a subgroup, which is pretty easy stuff, and just FYI, you can create subgroups inside subgroups up to ten groups deep. And then I'll show you how you can assign a layer mask to an entire group at a time. And the idea here is that, I think these eye bags, over here on the left hand side, should fade out a little bit. They're too crisp right now. In order to to create this final effect here. So here's how that works. We'll go ahead and switch over to my document of progress, and then I'll twirl open the eyes group up here at the top of the stack.

And I'll scroll down until I find bags one through three. So I'll go ahead and click on bag three and Shift+Click on bag one to select that entire range of layers. Now I could mask each of them independently by the way by clicking on a layer and then clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon. Right now it's dimmed, and that's because over the course of things here I've managed to lock these three layers. If I go ahead and select them all and then turn off the lock. Then of course I can assign layer masks to each one of them, but I can only assign that mask one layer at a time or I can go ahead and group these guys together which is what I want to do.

And I'll do so just by pressing Ctrl+G or Cmd+G on the Mac and notice that creates a nested group that's inside the larger eyes group. And I'll go ahead and rename this guy Eye Bags, like so. And then I'll assign a layer mask by clicking on the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the panel. So you can assign layer masks to entire groups if you so desire. Now I'm going to twirl open this group because I want selective control over each one of the eye bags here including the drop shadows and everything.

So in order to fade away this bottom most eye bag, which is bag one by the way, and you can see that if you turn off that eye ball and then turn it back on. I will go ahead and load the selection outline associated with bag two by pressing the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac and clicking on its thumbnail. And that goes ahead and selects this region. I want to protect this area, so I want to deselect it and select everything outside of it. Which means going to the Select menu > Inverse command, or pressing Ctrl+Shift+I, or Cmd+Shift+I on a Mac.

Now I'll switch to the brush tool, which of course you can get by pressing the B key, and I'll right click inside the image window. And notice that I have the size cranked up to 400 pixels. And, I'll have the hardness cranked down to 0%, so we have a very soft brush. You'll also want to press the D key followed by the X key, in order to ensure that the foreground color is black, so that we're going to paint this eye bag. Then I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac to hide my selection. Just so I can better see what I'm doing. And I'll go ahead and paint like so.

And if that turns out to be too much, which I think in my case it is, then I'll reduce the size of my cursor by pressing the Left Bracket key a few times. Then I'll press the X key to switch my foreground color back to white. And I'll go ahead and paint in some detail like so. And of'course you can paint back and forth to whatever extent you like, I just press the X key to make my foreground color black. And then I'll paint away a little more of this particular eye bag. All right, now let's say you want to paint inside the second one right there, then press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac and click on bag two, in order to load it as the selection.

And then we want to protect the third bag, the front one. And you do so by pressing the Ctrl+Alt keys. Or the Cmd+Option keys on a Mac. And clicking on the bag three thumbnail here inside the layers panel. And then just this region right here is selected. Now press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac in order to hide this selection. And, I'll paint away some of that eye bag like so. And then finally, I'll go ahead and load the bag three selection, by just Ctrl clicking, or Cmd clicking on its thumbnail right there, and I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac, to hide the selection outline.

And I'll paint like so. All right, now we have a little bit of a harsh edge right there at that location. So, I'm going to press Ctrl+D, or Cmd+D on the Mac, in order to deselect the image. Then I'll increase the size of my cursor by pressing the right bracket key a few times. And finally, I want to reduce the opacity value up here in the options bar by pressing the five key, to take it down to 50%, as you see here. And then I'll just go ahead and paint like so over the right edge of those bags.

Then I'll press the X key in order to switch my foreground color back to white. And I'll go ahead and paint back in some of the eye bags in order to achieve this effect here. And notice by the way, throughout this experience, we've been masking both the layers and their effects. So if I were to double click in an empty portion of this group. In order to bring up the layer style dialog box, normally had we gone about masking each one of these layers independently I would of had to have turn on Layer Mask Hides Effects, In order to mask the effects as well.

But because we're operating on an entire group, we don't need to turn on this check box at all. Either way, we get the exact same effect. So I'll just go ahead and cancel out. In any case, that's all there is to it. We've now managed to very selectively, mask a nested subgroup of layers, including their effects here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery

101 video lessons · 10115 viewers

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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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