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In this course, Deke McClelland offers a sneak peek at the new features in Photoshop CS6. He reveals the secrets behind the new dark interface, searchable layers, the powerful Blur Gallery, Camera Raw 7, video editing, and the Adaptive Wide Angle filter, which removes distortion from extreme wide-angle photographs and panoramas. Deke also covers the new nondestructive Crop tool, dashed strokes, paragraph and character styles, editable 3D type, and the exciting Content-Aware Move tool, which moves selections and automatically heals the backgrounds.
There's a category of changes that Adobe calls JDI. That is Just Do It, a bunch of features that users have been asking for for years now. And in this movie, I'm going to you all kinds of things that you can now do to multiple layers at a time. For example, you can now change the blend mode of multiple layers at once. So let's say I want to take all the layers that are set to the Overlay mode and change them to let's say Soft Light just to see how they look. So I'll go ahead and change this Kind option to mode and then I'll set the mode to Overlay and here are all my Overlay layers.
Now I'll go up to the Select menu and choose All layers. Notice it has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+A or Command+Option+A on the Mac. And now I'll drop down to the second Blend mode option, the one that allows me to change the blend mode of the selected layers. I'll switch it from Overlay to Soft Light. Now you might have seen a slight change to the image on screen; this is before, and this is after. Now, we lose all our layers because none of the layers are any longer set to Overlay. Now let's say I want to switch all the layers that are set to Multiply to Linear Burn.
So I would go ahead and choose Multiply and press Ctrl+Alt+A, Command+Option+A on a Mac, to select all the layers and change the mode to Linear Burn like so, and we end up getting a darker effect as you see there. All right! Now I'm going to go ahead and switch from Multiply to Linear Burn so that I can see all of my linear burn layers and I'll press Ctrl+Alt+A, or Command+Option+A on the Mac, in order to select those layers. A couple of other things you can do, is you can lock a bunch of layers all at once just by clicking on that Lock icon.
Obviously, you can unlock a bunch of layers at once as well by clicking on the Lock icon again. You can change the color associated with multiple selected layers by right-clicking on one of these image thumbnails right there and then choosing the color from the popup menu. For example, I might go ahead and set these layers to Orange. All right! So, so far, pretty cool. This next one though is going to blow your mind, at least for some of you. I'm going to switch to this other image that I have opened here. And notice I have a group called support text. If I turn off that group, you can see it's all of the text except for the central text inside the image.
Go ahead and turn that back on. Let's say I want to take all of these layers inside the group, there are four of them in all, and I want to assign a drop shadow and a stroke. In the old days, you would have to apply the drop shadow and stroke to each one of the layers independently or combine those layers into a Smart Object. But now you can do the obvious thing, which is to select a group, drop down to the fx icon, and choose, for example, Drop Shadow in order to apply a drop shadow to the entire group. I'm going to take the Opacity up to 100%. Then I'll take the Spread value up to 100% as well. Take that Size value down to 2. Then I'll turn on the Stroke option right there, and I'll take that Stroke value down to 2 pixels and click OK.
Now let's say that you're not sure that you want all of these effects applied to all of the layers in the group. For example, these movie credits right here. They don't need any layer effects at all. If you don't want that layer to enjoy the effects that are applied to the group, just move it out of the group and its layer effects disappear. So the effects are assigned to the group, and you can add layers or subtract layers as desired. Here is another great one. I'll go ahead and scroll up my list and select these top three layers right there, which represent the central logo.
Let's say I want to duplicate all those layers because I want to do something different with them. Previously you had to drag them down to the little Page icon at the bottom. Now what you can do is just press that keyboard shortcut, the Jump shortcut, which is Ctrl+J or Command+J on the Mac to jump copies of all of those layers at once. All right! Now let's take a look at expanding and contracting. I'm going to switch over to this other image I have open. Notice that I have a few layers that offer layer effects and Smart Filters as well. All of those effects and filters are expanded right now.
Let's say that I want to contract all of the layers. You press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click that Collapse icon, if you want to expand them all, then you Alt+Click or Option+Click the Expansion icon. The same works for groups. I'll go ahead and switch back to this file that contains all those layer groups. I will switch this upper left option to Kind so that we have no filter going on anymore. Let's say I want to expand all of these groups. You press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and click on any of those little twirly triangles right there, and that goes ahead and expands all of the groups at once.
In order to collapse them, Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on one of the triangles again. So just for the sake of comparison, in Photoshop CS5, Adobe made it possible to change the opacity of multiple layers at once. In CS6, there's about six distinct different things that you can do to multiple layers, all of which I think you'll find to be to be very welcome changes.
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