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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.
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.
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