Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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Modifying a layer and its effects


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Modifying a layer and its effects

In this movie, I hope to give you a sense for just the monumental flexibility of layer effects. First of all, layer effects are part of a category of features in Photoshop that are known as parametric effects. And what that means is let's say I double-click on inner shadow in order to bring up its settings. I can adjust these parameters as much as I want, my changes will be reflected inside the image window, and nothing is ever set in stone. Better still they take up very little room and memory, and they apply very quickly to even extremely high-resolution images.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Modifying a layer and its effects

In this movie, I hope to give you a sense for just the monumental flexibility of layer effects. First of all, layer effects are part of a category of features in Photoshop that are known as parametric effects. And what that means is let's say I double-click on inner shadow in order to bring up its settings. I can adjust these parameters as much as I want, my changes will be reflected inside the image window, and nothing is ever set in stone. Better still they take up very little room and memory, and they apply very quickly to even extremely high-resolution images.

But possibly the best news of all is that they constantly update to suit your layers, so if you modify the contents of the layer, the layer effects update as well. And that's what I'm going to do right now. So, I'm going to double-click on the T for the craving layer, and I'm going to change the font from Myriad Pro here to Old English Text. Which may or may not be installed on your machine. If it isn't, then look for some other black gothic type face, and then I will go on and edit my text. And this time I'm going to press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on the Mac so I can better see what I'm doing.

And I'll take advantage of that keyboard shortcut that allows me to scale the text in large increments which is Ctrl+Shift+Alt or Cmd+Shift+Opt+>. And I went ahead and pressed that short cut a couple of times in a row. And then I'll press Alt+left arrow, or Option+left arrow on a Mac, in order to scoot those letters together. All right, now I'll press the Enter key, on the numerical keypad, to accept my changes. Now I want to center my text in the canvas, so, I'll press Ctrl+a, or Cmd+a on the Mac, and then I'll switch to the move tool, which I can get by pressing the v key.

And I'll go up to these alignment icons and click on each one of the center ones. So, I'll start by clicking on align vertical centers, which scoots the text downward. And then I'll click on align horizontal centers, which moves the text just a couple of pixels to the right. Press Ctrl + d or Cmd +d on the Mac in order to deselect the text. Now here's the thing. You and I have different fonts on our system. You may not have the font that I'm using here. But I want you to be able to open this document when I'm done. So I'm going to convert the text to a shape. And you do that by pressing the t key in order to switch back to the type tool.

Right click on one of the letters, and choose Convert to Shape. And the beauty of having done this is that, we've converted vector-based type to vector-based shapes. We can't edit the text anymore, however we could edit the shape outlines if we wanted to. And the text remains resolution independent. Furthermore, I could go ahead and add shapes to the shape layer. Which I'll do by going down to the shape tool here. Clicking and holding on it, and then choosing the custom shape tool, and you can see that I've already selected a shape in advance.

It's called leaf ornament two. If you went ahead and loaded all the custom shapes back in the previous chapter, then you can find it midway down the list right at this location there. Go ahead and press the Esc key in order to hide that panel. I want to add this shape to the existing shape layer. So I'll go up to the Path Operations icon and I could select Combine Shapes. You actually have keyboard shortcuts for both Combine Shapes and Subtract From Shape and let me show you what those are. To combine shapes all you need to do is tap the plus key, and notice you'll get a little plus next to your cursor.

To subtract a shape, tap the minus key, and you'll get a little minus next to your cursor. That's all there is to that one. Alt Tab Plus, and then I'm going to draw a leaf, right about there. I'm not really terribly concerned about its horizontal placement, but I do want it to be, more or less vertically centered inside of that slat of wood. Now I want to horizontally center it. So I'll press the A key to switch to the black arrow tool. And I'll go ahead and click on a path outline. And then I'll do something that I couldn't do in previous versions of Photoshop.

I'll go up to the Path Alignment icon, click on it, and choose Align To Canvas. And then I'll return to that same icon. And I'll click once again and choose horizontal centers. And I end up exactly centering that leaf. Now what I want to do is duplicate the leaf so I'll press the Alt key or the option key on a Mac and drag the leaf downward. If you want to constrain the angle of your drag to exactly vertical, you want to go ahead and press and hold the Shift key as well during the drag. And then go ahead and release that leaf.

Once it's more or less vertically centered in the bottom slat and I might tap the up arrow key just to nudge it up a little bit there. Then I want to flip it so I'll go up to the Edit menu choose Transform Path. And choose Rotate 180 degrees, and I end up getting this effect here. All right, now I'm going to click off the path outline to deselect it. I'll press Ctrl+h, or Cmd+h on the Mac, so I can see my letters without the outlines. So now I've made several modifications to my layer, and the layer effects have done a great job of catching up.

However, they're no longer necessarily imparting the effect I'm looking for. So I'm going to make a few modifications to both of the effects, starting with the drop shadow. So I'll double click on the Drop Shadow in order to bring up my settings. And I'll reduce the opacity value to 70% by pressing Shift+down arrow a few times and then I'll take that distance value down to one. So that in tucking the shadows still further under the letters and then I'll reduce a size value to 20 pixels like so. Then I'll go ahead and click on inner shadow in order to gain access to its settings.

And I want to open up the shadows a little bit inside the letters, so I'm going to take the distance value down to 10 pixels. And then I'll reduce the size value to 35 pixels, like so, which makes a big difference as you can see. Then I'll click okay in order to accept that change Just to give you a sense here, these are the effects we had a moment ago. And these are the modified effects. And to give a sense of what we've accomplished over the course of this movie, I'll press the F12 key to go ahead and revert the image to its original appearance.

Looks pretty disappointing, by comparison, to the image we have now. Which I can re-instate by pressing Ctrl +Z or Cmd+ Z on the Mac. And that, friends, is how you go about painlessly, and altogether overhauling the contents of a layer. And modifying its layer effects in just a matter of minutes, here, inside Photoshop.

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

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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