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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
As you work with more and more layers one of the things that happens is that your Layers panel get a bit out of control. In order to organize your layers you can use layer groups. Now not only do layer groups help you organize your layers, you can actually move all of your layers at one time if they're in a group. You can transform them. You can change opacity, and blend mode, and you can even mask all of your layers. And add layer effects. So let's go ahead and begin by opening up the composite01.psd file. If we wanted to select multiple layers, in this case I'll select the blue tree, hold down the Shift key and select the brown trees, so I've got all three of these small images selected.
If I simply click on the folder icon here to add a group, it just adds a group but it doesn't put those layers inside of it. So let's undo that by using Cmd + Z or Ctrl + Z. And instead I'll either use the keyboard shortcut to add a group which is Cmd + G on the Mac or Ctrl + G on Windows. Or we can drag these three layers on top of the folder icon, and that will place all three of those layers in the group. Now, we can't see the contents of the group by default, but if we click on the disclosure triangle.
Sure enough, there are my three layers. And I know that they're inside the group because they're indented. Now, if I want to rename my group, I can simply double click on the word group and then we'll rename this small images. Tap Enter return in order to apply that name. Now because I have the group selected, you'll notice that if i wanted to reposition these layers, I could simply click and drag. And because the group it selected it assumes that I want to move everything in the group at one time. Likewise, if i were to choose Edit and then Free Transform, you can see that the transformation handles are all the way around all of the contents in the group. So, if I wanted to hold down the Shift key, and transform these a little bit smaller, when I tap Return or Enter, each one of the individual layers has been transformed.
If I want to nudge them down I'll just hold down the Shift key, and use the down arrow, and then I'll use the right arrow in order to move them to the right a little bit. Let's go ahead and show our logo layer. I'll select it and then toggle on its visibility by clicking on the Eye icon. And I want to put the logo, and the trunks layer inside a group. So I'll select them both. This time I'm going to hold down the Command key on the Mac, or the Control key on Windows in order to select two discontinuous layers. And then I'll use the keyboard shortcut Cmd + G or Ctrl + G. But watch what happens.
Because these two layers are not next to each other In the Layers panel. When I put them in a group, Photoshop's got to decide, does it put it at the top or does it put it where the bottom layer was and we can see that it added it to the top. Now, if we wanted to reposition this group, which obviously we do because now, this layer here that's called Trunks is above all of my small images. We can click on the group itself, and start dragging it down. If I were to let go of the group, in the middle of another group, it would actually nest this group.
Now that's not what I want, so I'm going to move it all the way down here until it's right above the texture group. We see that line going across. That gray line. And I'll release my cursor. So now you can see the group, and the small images are on the same level. If I had released it inside another group, you can see that it would go ahead and nest that group. And of course we know that these are in the small images group, because they're at this level. And then these two layers are in group one. But I don't actually want to do that, so I'll use Cmd+Z, or Ctrl+Z. I want both of my groups, at the same level.
And I can go ahead and double-click on group one, and we can call this large image, and also logo. And then we'll go ahead and just tap Return or Enter in order to apply that. So if I wanted to reposition the logo, instead of having the group selected, I need to go down to the Logo layer and then move that into position. Now I think that the Trunks layer is a little bit too small, so this is a good example of why it's really nice to convert your layers in the smart objects. Because, if I haven't when I wanted to re-size this up, I would be losing image quality, but because I converted to a smart object before I re-sized it down. That means that I can go ahead and use Cmd+t, or Ctrl+t on Windows, in order to re-size this up, using Free Transform.
And as long as I don't go over 100% in my width and height, we know that Photoshop is going to use. That original data and I will have a very high quality layer. To apply that, I'll tap Enter or Return. I also think that this texture layer in the background is a little bit too subtle. So I'll select it in the Layers panel, and I'll tap the 8 key. Remember I can tap the 8 key because I have the move tool selected. So tapping 8 will change my opacity to 80%. What I would like to get a little bit more separation between my three small images and the background. So I want to add a small thin stroke around each one. Now in previous videos, we actually selected the individual layers in order to add a stroke around it.
But because all three of these small images are in the same group, I can use the effects icon and select Stroke, and we can add a stroke to all of the images within that group at one time. So let's make the size a little bit smaller, I'm going to select two. And I want the position to be inside, and I'm going to change the color a little bit as well. So instead of just having a black stroke, I'll click in the color swatch, and then I could select a color here using the color picker, but what I would prefer to do is position my cursor over my image area, and click with the eyedropper in order to sample kind of a darkish brown color.
Of course I could go in here and refine that now. But at least that got me to the right color. And then if I want to make it a little bit lighter or darker, I can. I'll click OK and then OK again. And you can see that I have that nice brown stroke around all three of those images. When I resize that background layer, it kind of put these three images a little bit out of proportion. So because I have the small images group selected, it's really easy for me just to use Cmd+t or Ctrl+t in order to re-size that group larger and scoot it over. And one of the nice things is, is that even though I re-sized the contents of the group, the stroke didn't change.
So if I double-click where it says stroke in my layers panel, that will return me back to my layer style, and you can see that it's still set at two pixels. So it didn't change the stroke, it just transformed the photographs or the content within those layers. Alright, I also need to move the passenger seat logo. I'm going to right mouse click, or you can hold down the Command key on the Mac, and select the layer that you want. In this case, the logo. That way I didn't have to return all the way over to the layers panel. And then, I'll just drag that and reposition it up a little bit higher. So you can see as you want to start working a little bit more quickly with Photoshop and select layers and contact sensitive menus can really, really help. And let's just look at the Layers panel for one moment. You'll notice how nicely all of the layers in the groups are labeled, and I know it might seem a little bit.
Like overkill and it, it might take a little more time to actually make sure that all the layers are named, and the groups are all named, but if you are working in a collaborative environment, and you're going to be handing off your files to another artist or production team, or even if it's just you that has to revisit the files later to make changes, it's really to your advantage to keep track of all of your layers. At this time, I will select File, and then we'll choose Save As. I'm going to save this as Composite02 as a Photoshop document, my layers are going to be saved.
I'll go ahead and click save with the maximum compatibility turned on. And I think at this point, we can go ahead and just check this don't show again, so that we don't get this dialogue box every time. Instead it will just automatically default to maximize in the compatibility. Click OK, and then we'll choose File, and then close and go to Bridge.
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