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Multiple effects and multiple layers


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland

Video: Multiple effects and multiple layers

In this movie, I'll show you how to apply multiple effects to a layer and then I'll turn around and show you how to subject multiple layers to an effect. So, the idea here is that this framing effect so far is a little bit lacking. For example, I totally believe this lower right corner here. I believe that its an actual edge and that it's catching the light. But I don't believe this upper left corner at all. And maybe it's just me but the darn thing needs to not only be catching a shadow but casting a shadow as well.
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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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Deke McClelland

Multiple effects and multiple layers

In this movie, I'll show you how to apply multiple effects to a layer and then I'll turn around and show you how to subject multiple layers to an effect. So, the idea here is that this framing effect so far is a little bit lacking. For example, I totally believe this lower right corner here. I believe that its an actual edge and that it's catching the light. But I don't believe this upper left corner at all. And maybe it's just me but the darn thing needs to not only be catching a shadow but casting a shadow as well.

And I also want to darken up this upper left edge and ultimately I want to end up with this effect here. And often times, when a single layer effect doesn't give you the result you're looking for, the solution is to pile on more still effects. And that's what we're going to be doing. With the frame layer selected, I'm going to drop down to the f/x icon and choose drop shadow, and that will give me a chance to establish the shadow coming down from that upper left corner. And you can see, we've already got a shadow right of the bat.

Things actually look better automatically here based on the default settings I created, but we do need to make some adjustments. So, I'm going to start off by clicking on that color swatch and I'm going to dial in that same very dark, low saturation orang that we used in a previous movie. That is HSB values of 35, 15 and 15. Then I'll click OK. An opacity of 70% is just fine. But I'm going to take the distance value up to 25 pixels and then I'll raise the size value to 50 pixels.

So we have a very deep shadow, as you see here. Problem is it's not intense enough so I'm going to up the intensity. By switching from the multiply mode to linear burn and then we get a shadow that matches the shadow of the frame. The next step is to darken this upper left corner. Almost as if there's something unseen that is casting a shadow onto the frame. And the best effect for that job is Gradient Overlay. Now you won't believe me when I first apply it. Go ahead and Click on Gradient Overlay and you can see it creates this white to black gradient. That's the default.

But if we make a few adjustments, we can turn this gradient, this varied gradient from black to white into a shadow. The first step is to reduce the opacity. I'm going to take it down to 25% so I can better see what I'm doing. Now I want the dark area to be up left, and the white area to be down right. And so I'm going to change this angle value to negative 65 degrees in order to create the effect you see now. I'll go and move the dialogue box off screen so we can better see what we're doing. At this point I have a nice shadow up left but down right, the whites of the gradient are creating a kind of filmy effect. So I want to drop that brightness out.

Anytime you want to keep your shadows to make white transparent, the blend mode of choice is multiply. And what that does is it drops out white. And it makes all the other colors darken the same incrementally. Now one more tip that you should know about here. I'm going to take the opacity value up to 100%, just for purposes of demonstration here. Notice if I move my cursor outside into the image window I have that same arrow cursor that I see when I'm working with drop shadow and image shadow. And that's because you can drag the gradient around.

But I caution you, before you start this number, and dragging it all over the place, to bear in mind, that there's no undo. If you move the gradient to a new location, and you don't like where you've moved it to, you can't reset it. Except to press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and then click on that reset button. I'm OK with where I put it so, I'll take the opacity value down to 25% and I'll click OK in order to accept that effect. Now for this spiders layer. I'm going to go ahead and expand the effect so that we can see that this text includes an inner shadow and a drop shadow.

I want it to also include the same bevel and emboss effect. But, if I were to duplicate the effects onto these effects then I would add the gradient overlay, which I don't need, and I would replace the drop shadow. So instead what I want to do, is just duplicate bevel and emboss, and you do that by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and dragging bevel and emboss onto that spiders layer, and that goes ahead and duplicates that one and only one effect. Now lets take a look at this shadow type group. I'm going to make it visible, and twirl it open so that we can see that we've got two text objects.

One at the top of the image, and one at the bottom. I want to turn both of these layers into shadow type. Now in the old days, I would have had to apply a layer effect to each one of these layer independently, but nowadays you can apply a layer effect to an entire group. So let's start things off, by making this text transparent. What I would normally do if I was working with a layer, I would select the object, in this case a group, and I would change this fill value to 0%. Problem is, in this specific build of CS5, you can change the fill value to 0%, but it doesn't actually stick.

When you save out the image and then reopen it, you'll see that your fill value resets to 100% So instead, what we're going to do is this. I'm going to go ahead and select both of the text layers, so click on one, shift click on the other and then press the T key to switch to the type tool. And then I'll click on this brown swatch on this option bar to bring up the color picker dialog box and I'll change the brightness value to 0%. In order to make the text black. Now I want to make this black text transparent.

So I'll go ahead and click on the shadow type group. And I'll change it's blend mode which by default is set to pass-through, which just goes ahead and respects the blend modes assigned to the layers. We'll change that to screen. And because screen treats black as invisible, the layers turn transparent. With this shadow type groups still selected, click on the FX icon, and choose drop shadow. And our default color is going to work out fine, 35 degrees, a 100%, 20%. And I'll up that opacity value to a 100%, and then I'll tab down to the distance value, change it to 0 pixels and then increase the size value to 30 pixels.

And finally, you want to turn layer knocks out drop shadow off in order to create this effect here. And then click OK. And the last thing I did was to press the five key to reduce the opacity of the group to 50%. So speaking of multiple layers and multiple effects, there's one last thing I want to show you. Notice how we're running out of room inside the layers panel and we're seeing all these layers, and all these layer effects piled on top of each other. If you want to streamline things, you can collapse all the layers at once by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and clicking the little up arrow next to the FX icon.

Now, all of my layer effects are collapsed, including the layer effects for the group. However the group itself is not collapsed which brings up another trick I want to show you. I'll Alt click or Option click this down pointing arrowhead in order to expand all the layers, and then if you want to collapse the group and all of the effects at the same time this is just a whacky trick. You press the Control key, or the command key on a Mac, and you click on that little twirly triangle. And notice, that not only collapses the groups, it also collapses all the layer effects for the layers, but it doesn't collapse the (LAUGH) Anyway, I'll go ahead and manually collapse the effects for that group.

And that friends is how you apply multiple effects to a layer, and subject multiple layers to an effect.

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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