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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
You'll soon discover that working with layers is incredibly fun, because there is just so much creative potential. In this case, you can see that I've put together this layered kind of composite image, just for the fun of it. One of the problems is that my layers are actually quite unorganized. I have to go ahead and scroll through all of these and it's kind of difficult to see what's happening here. So one of the things that you'll need to do in regards to adding to your creative process with working with layers is begin to organize these a little bit. Well, here are a couple of tips that will help you out.
For starters, what you can do is click on this far right icon in the Layers panel. Then what you can do is choose Panel Options. This will then give you a few options in regards to these thumbnails. Right now, I have to scroll through all these. That doesn't work very well for me. So I'm going to take this down to a nice small thumbnail size. Click OK. Now all of the sudden, ah! I can see all of my layers. I can begin to make sense of this madness. The next thing that I'm going to do is go ahead and click and then drag.
As I click and drag, you can see that I'm turning off the visibility of all these layers as I pass over that eye icon. All right. Well, let's take a look at this image. We have a background. Let's name that layer. We'll do so by double-clicking the layer two name, and then changing this to bg. Now this background is something that I don't want to change. So I'm going to lock this down by clicking on the Lock icon here that shows up now. Now this layer is uneditable. I cannot make any changes to it. Perfect! The next thing I'm going to do is turn on these little camera layers, where I have this old camera that I took a picture of.
Well, in this case, these layers all kind of belong together. There is one more that has a little bit of color in it. So, wouldn't it be nice if I could group those together? Well, you can do that by clicking on one layer, holding down the Shift key, and clicking on another. Then by clicking and dragging all of these layers to the folder icon, it will then put these in a group. Let's double-click the group name and call this Camera. All right, next, if we turn these layers on, you'll notice we have some copy.
Well, let's group all these together. Click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom layer. This time, rather than clicking and dragging these to the Group icon, lets do this by a way of shortcut. Here it is. On a Mac, it's Command+G. On a PC, that's Ctrl+G. Next double-click the group nam, and we'll just call this Type. Then we have this final setup here. We'll turn on the visibility of all of these. Click in the topmost layer. Hold down the Shift key. Click in the bottommost layer of this group, and let's practice that shortcut.
It's Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC. We'll go ahead and just call this color, tone, and border. Alot there. But let's see what we got. Here is our before, and then our after. So now that these are all organized, it'll be much easier to access this content. For example, let's say that we want to make a change to the typography. All that we would need to do would be to open that type folder and then navigate down to one of those layers. Then what we can do is click and drag to reposition that layer, so that we can create perhaps a different type of a layout.
I'll go ahead and set that back where it was. So as you can see, organizing your layers into groups can be one technique that you can use in order to organize your layers, so that ultimately you can have more creative control.
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