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Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers


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Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

with Michael Ninness

Video: Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers

All right. If we take a look at the Layers panel in this particular document, you see I've got a bunch of layers already created, and they have these file names that I'm not really happy with. Lily.jpg, Mixed.jpg and so forth. I want to change the name of the layer, and to do that you simply double-click on its name in the Layers panel. That turns that into an edit field, and I'm going to go ahead and just type over that selected text, or I can just use my arrow key on my keyboard to go to the end of the layer name. You can see the cursor is there now and I can just delete the .jpg part of that layer name. To finalize or lock in that layer name, just press Enter key on your keyboard, and that will be final.
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  1. 6m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. What is Photoshop?
      2m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 28m 29s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      1m 54s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      3m 39s
    3. A tour of the different workspaces in Adobe Bridge
      4m 58s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 35s
    5. Changing obscure camera file names with the Batch Rename command
      2m 36s
    6. Adding basic metadata to every image with metadata templates
      3m 36s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 6s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      4m 5s
  3. 23m 4s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejects
      5m 27s
    2. Protecting the keepers by saving them in collections
      3m 18s
    3. Rating images
      3m 15s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 43s
    5. Viewing final choices in a slideshow
      2m 12s
    6. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      4m 9s
  4. 30m 50s
    1. Raw vs. JPEG files
      5m 13s
    2. Why you should start in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. A tour of the Camera Raw user interface
      6m 44s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      4m 2s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      2m 37s
    6. Choosing output settings
      2m 45s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      4m 20s
  5. 41m 34s
    1. Eliminating red-eye with the Red Eye Removal tool
      1m 13s
    2. Improving composition with the non-destructive Crop tool
      3m 33s
    3. Correcting a rotated horizon line with the Straighten tool
      3m 5s
    4. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      2m 13s
    5. Fixing blown-out highlights with Recovery
      2m 36s
    6. Revealing hidden shadow detail with Fill Light
      1m 47s
    7. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 37s
    8. Removing color fringes with Chromatic Aberration
      2m 36s
    9. Sharpening the details
      8m 59s
    10. End to end: Taking a so-so photo and making it great
      9m 55s
  6. 39m 5s
    1. Fixing blown-out skies with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 34s
    2. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 41s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      4m 28s
    4. Quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 33s
    5. Converting to black and white
      3m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustments tool
      4m 18s
    7. Easy sepia and split tone effects
      2m 35s
    8. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 46s
    9. Adding vignettes and border effects
      2m 13s
    10. Saving variations within a single file with Snapshots
      4m 21s
  7. 15m 48s
    1. Copying settings from one file and pasting across another in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 33s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      4m 40s
  8. 30m 39s
    1. Opening files from Adobe Bridge
      3m 1s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      2m 57s
    4. Changing Mini Bridge so it auto-collapses
      1m 20s
    5. The Application frame
      2m 16s
    6. The Application bar
      1m 16s
    7. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 23s
    8. Panel management
      5m 31s
    9. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 18s
    10. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      3m 9s
  9. 16m 12s
    1. Tabbed documents
      2m 1s
    2. The Arrange Documents widget
      1m 38s
    3. How to stop Photoshop from tabbing documents
      3m 34s
    4. Pan and zoom
      5m 21s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 38s
  10. 36m 59s
    1. File formats
      13m 6s
    2. What resolution does your image need to be?
      10m 15s
    3. Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      3m 58s
  11. 42m 17s
    1. Crop options
      4m 12s
    2. Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    3. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      1m 34s
    4. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      6m 1s
    5. Making the canvas bigger by a specific amount with Relative Canvas Size
      1m 39s
    6. Correcting perspective with the Crop tool
      3m 5s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      50s
    8. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      4m 12s
    9. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      4m 2s
    10. Warping images
      3m 40s
    11. Preserving the important elements with Content-Aware Scaling
      9m 32s
  12. 54m 42s
    1. The Background layer
      5m 14s
    2. Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels
      4m 12s
    3. Loading multiple images into a single Photoshop document as layers
      1m 30s
    4. Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing the stacking order of layers
      2m 51s
    6. Selecting layers without using the Layers panel
      6m 28s
    7. Transforming layers
      7m 16s
    8. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 51s
    9. Changing the opacity of layers
      2m 57s
    10. Organizing layers into groups
      2m 55s
    11. Saving variations with layer comps
      5m 3s
    12. When to merge and rasterize layers
      5m 0s
    13. Flatten vs. Save As (a Copy)
      3m 7s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      7m 23s
    2. Transform selections
      2m 40s
    3. Quick Mask is your friend
      4m 31s
    4. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      6m 33s
    5. Using the Quick Selection tool
      3m 1s
    6. Re-selecting a previous selection
      1m 35s
    7. Improving a selection with Refine Edge
      4m 21s
    8. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      12m 7s
    9. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      2m 59s
    10. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 53s
    11. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      3m 53s
    12. Combining multiple exposures with the Blend If sliders
      6m 26s
    13. Replacing the sky in an image
      4m 19s
  14. 1h 1m
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      7m 57s
    2. Starting with a preset
      4m 25s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      10m 28s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 4s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      5m 56s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 55s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      9m 0s
    8. Making washed out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 46s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      5m 49s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an Adjustment Layer
      7m 28s
  15. 11m 32s
    1. Shadow/Highlight
      9m 3s
    2. Matching color across multiple images
      2m 29s
  16. 34m 12s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing brush
      6m 21s
    2. Quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      8m 23s
    3. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 47s
    4. Making teeth bright and white
      1m 43s
    5. De-emphasizing wrinkles
      4m 41s
    6. Removing unwanted details with Content Aware Fill
      4m 26s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      3m 51s
  17. 21m 6s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      7m 20s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      8m 30s
    3. Combining group shots with Auto-Align
      5m 16s
  18. 25m 36s
    1. Overview of filters
      4m 6s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      4m 45s
    3. Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      4m 41s
    4. Adding noise to an image with the Add Noise filter
      3m 34s
    5. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      4m 12s
    6. Giving an image more texture with the Texturizer
      1m 17s
    7. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 1s
  19. 30m 44s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      4m 43s
    2. Three blending modes you must know
      6m 41s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      3m 33s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      4m 33s
    5. Creating a diffused contrast glow effect with Overlay
      6m 2s
    6. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      5m 12s
  20. 21m 39s
    1. Character (point) type
      8m 19s
    2. Paragraph (area) type
      4m 42s
    3. Type on a path
      2m 54s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      2m 24s
    5. Warping type
      3m 20s
  21. 20m 35s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      4m 43s
    2. Adding an outer glow effect
      3m 13s
    3. Adding a border around an image
      2m 53s
    4. Copying layer effects and applying them to other layers
      2m 3s
    5. Saving layer styles and applying them in other documents
      2m 42s
    6. How (and when) to scale layer effects
      5m 1s
  22. 16m 6s
    1. Creating PDF contact sheets
      6m 41s
    2. Exporting web photo galleries
      6m 8s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 17s
  23. 1m 19s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 19s

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Photoshop CS5 Essential Training
11h 15m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating image adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Adding keywords, ratings, and other metadata to images
  • Filtering a large collection of images down to the "keepers"
  • Cropping, correcting perspective, and straightening images
  • Creating, naming, hiding, and deleting layers
  • How to make selections and masks quickly
  • Improving mask quality with Refine Edge
  • Techniques for combining multiple images
  • Non-destructive editing techniques with adjustment layers and Smart Filters
  • Retouching essentials, such as blemish removal and body sculpting
  • Color correcting images
  • Using the essential blend modes, layer effects, and styles
  • Creating contact sheets and web photo galleries
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Michael Ninness

Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers

All right. If we take a look at the Layers panel in this particular document, you see I've got a bunch of layers already created, and they have these file names that I'm not really happy with. Lily.jpg, Mixed.jpg and so forth. I want to change the name of the layer, and to do that you simply double-click on its name in the Layers panel. That turns that into an edit field, and I'm going to go ahead and just type over that selected text, or I can just use my arrow key on my keyboard to go to the end of the layer name. You can see the cursor is there now and I can just delete the .jpg part of that layer name. To finalize or lock in that layer name, just press Enter key on your keyboard, and that will be final.

You can go ahead and double-click on all of these layer names and just edit them very quickly. And again, double-click. Change it to an edit field. Then I'm going to go ahead and delete those characters and quickly re-change those names. There's the Dahlia layer. Same thing with the layer here. Now this is a special layer. This is a layer group. So, that's the name of the group of layers. So, if I turn down the disclosure triangle, or technically known as the twisty. If I turn down the twisty, you'll see there's a bunch of layers there as well. I'm going to go ahead and close that again by clicking on the disclosure triangle,and if I want to change its name, again you just double-click.

We'll go ahead and highlight the characters we don't want and hit Delete. And then same thing with these last two layers. We'll go ahead and get rid of their names by double-clicking. And if you're curious as to why these layer names all have the file extensions on them, because I used that Combine Files to Layers command from Bridge and it brought all these individual files in and made one new document and it picks up the file name as the layer name. So, I have them all named the way I want now. Now I also have a layer here that I don't want visible. I have two options for the background, Option01 and Option02. And I want to hide the Option02 layer, and that's what the eye column is for in the Layers panel.

If you just click where there is an eye slot that will turn on and off any particular layer or group of layers as the case might be. Now you can't see the group of layers, because it's behind some of these other layers, and we'll cover that in a little bit. If I want to create a new layer, you just need to decide where you want the new layer created. It's always going to be added, by default above the layer that you have selected in your Layers panel. So, if I want a new layer at the very top, I'm going to click on the Lily layer to select it, and then if I click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, I get new Layer 1.

Now layer names are actually very important, especially if you're handing off files to other people who are going to work on your particular project there and take it to the next level, or do something with it. Names like layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, copy of layer 1, copy 2 of layer 3, those layers name aren't very helpful. I'm going to undo this. Command+Z, Ctrl+Z to undo the creation of that new layer. And as a bonus tip here, if you Option+ Click or Alt+Click, so you're using that make better key. It just makes Photoshop better. Hold down Option or Alt as you click on things and see what happens.

If I Option or Alt+Click on the New Layer icon in the Layers panel, this gives me a chance to name the layer as I create it. So, you typical want to give your layers contextual names. I don't actually know what I'm going to be doing with this layer here, so I'll just call it Random, but you get the idea. Name your layers, so that when you open up your file a month from now or two years from now, this Navigation panel over here, the Layers panel, acts as a way to navigate and understand what you've done with this particular document. So, layer names become very helpful. Again, by default, if you just click on a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, you just get blank layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, and so forth.

Option or Alt+Click on the New Layer icon can give your layers names as you create them. Now when it comes to deleting layers, you can simply select the name of the layer in the Layers panel and hit your Delete key. I'll go ahead and hit the Delete key for layer 2 or your Backspace key. And if you want to delete more than one layer, you can do that as well. I'm just going to hold down the Shift key to select more than one layer. If I want to select a layer that's not continuous here, like if I want to select Mixed as well, if I hold down the Shift key, what that's going to do is it's going to select everything between the last selected layer and the layer I clicked on with the Shift key down.

So, I don't want to do that. I want a Command or Ctrl+click to do what's called Discontinuous Selection. So, here I can select any layers that I want, regardless if they're touching or not, or next to each other in the list here. And if it's already selected, Command or Ctrl+click will deselect them. All right. So, I have my two layers that I want to get rid of. I can delete multiple layers. It just deletes what's selected in the Layers panel. Again, I'll hit the Delete or Backspace key, and I've deleted those layers from the list. So, pretty basic stuff, but stuff you got to kind of understand and know right upfront to start working with layers successfully.

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