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Modifying multiple layers at a time


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Photoshop CS6 New Features

with Deke McClelland

Video: Modifying multiple layers at a time

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.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 37s
  2. 2h 27m
    1. The secrets of the dark interface
      3m 55s
    2. Background and Auto-Save
      3m 22s
    3. The altogether revamped Crop tool
      4m 0s
    4. The consolidated Properties panel
      3m 58s
    5. The searchable Layers panel
      5m 2s
    6. Modifying multiple layers at a time
      4m 50s
    7. The wide world of layer enhancements
      6m 48s
    8. Content-Aware Move and Extend
      6m 16s
    9. Content-Aware Patch
      3m 14s
    10. Auto-Power color adjustments
      6m 3s
    11. The brave new world of Camera Raw 7
      6m 16s
    12. The new three-part Blur Gallery
      8m 9s
    13. The Adaptive Wide-Angle filter
      7m 7s
    14. Correcting wide-angle panoramas
      7m 14s
    15. Text enhancements & styles
      4m 48s
    16. Filling & stroking shape layers
      4m 37s
    17. Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes
      4m 17s
    18. Working with the Scripted Patterns
      3m 32s
    19. Erodible brush tips & airbrushes
      5m 44s
    20. The enhanced Liquify filter
      4m 20s
    21. The new Oil Paint filter
      4m 10s
    22. Selecting skin tones and faces
      5m 11s
    23. The new Lighting Effects filter
      6m 29s
    24. Editing videos in the Timeline panel
      10m 16s
    25. Making editable 3D type
      8m 8s
    26. 3D shadows and reflections
      6m 35s
    27. Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
      3m 0s
  3. 50m 34s
    1. Introducing the first Photoshop Creative Cloud update
      1m 36s
    2. Liquify and Blur Gallery support Smart Objects
      8m 42s
    3. Creating conditional actions
      9m 51s
    4. Moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly
      3m 32s
    5. Autonaming merged layers
      4m 42s
    6. Creating global default type styles
      4m 57s
    7. Copying CSS code from specialty layers
      4m 54s
    8. Enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit bit color
      6m 42s
    9. The new default 3D image-based light
      5m 38s
  4. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Photoshop CS6 New Features
3h 20m Appropriate for all Mar 21, 2012 Updated Jan 15, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Enabling auto recovery and background saving
  • Filtering layers in the Layers panel
  • Modifying multiple layers at once
  • Applying layer effects to groups
  • Working with the Content-Aware tools
  • Redeveloping photos in Camera Raw 7
  • Creating depth of field with the Blur Gallery
  • Correcting wide-angle panoramas
  • Filling and stroking shape layers
  • Editing videos in the Timeline panel
  • Previewing 3D shadows and reflections
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Modifying multiple layers at a time

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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Q: This course was updated on 1/15/2013. What changed?
A: The course was revised to address the new Photoshop features and enhancements bundled with the Creative Cloud update released in December 2012. We added a second chapter to the course, detailing the new enhancements. We cover the Liquify and Blur Galleries, which now support Smart Objects; creating conditional actions; auto-naming merged layers; moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly; creating global default type styles; and copying CSS code from specialty layers. We also cover two improvements to the 3D package included with Photoshop Extended: enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit color and the new default 3D image-based light. We also updated the exercise files with new files for Chapter 2 and added an introductory video to the beginning of Chapter 2 that outlines the improvements.
 
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