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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, I want to talk about how we can organize our Layers. In order to do that, we are going to working on two files. organize.psd, press Command on the Mac/Ctrl on the PC, click on the_daily_sojourn_2.psd as well. Then press Command+O on a Mac/Ctrl+O on a PC to open up both of those files. Now the first file that we are going to work on is titled organize.psd. So we will click in that Tab and then press F to go to Full Screen View mode, Spacebar to reposition that particular document or this collage. Now one of the things that I noticed here is I have a few layers that I haven't used. We can see those layers here. Well, how can I get rid of them? Well, I can click on the topmost layer and then press Command on the Mac or Ctrl on the PC and click in all of those layers and click and drag those to the Trash Can.
All right, those are now gone. The next thing that I want to do that is rename these layers and I'll do that from the bottom up. I'm going to double click in the Layer name here and type in the word, rain. I can also click on the Layer and right-click and choose the Layer Properties. Now here is where I can rename this one as well and I'll call this one, music. Next thing I want to do is rename the layer above that, here we have this lantern, so I'll double click there and name this one lantern and then I'll name this one combine because that's the combination of the lantern and the music and I didn't quite finish that off, there we go. Lantern, perfect and then the next layer, I'll call this one chess because there is a piece of a chess puzzle there. You can see that kind of blended on the top collage and then the second to top layer, bridge, and then mph, which are the initials of the person who is in that photograph.
Now because this is a collage and because I have different types of information, I want to organize this even further. So what I'm going do is navigate down to the rain layer, right click and choose Layer Properties. Now you may have noticed this Color option. Now here what I can do is choose a color, in this case I'll choose red and I'll choose red because this is a background element.
Now music and lantern are background elements as well. So I'll go ahead and right-click and choose Properties and then Red, click OK and then lantern as well, right-click and choose Properties and then label that one Red as well. Now because it's a combination layer I'm going to go ahead and give that a new color. Right-click Layer Properties. This time I'll choose Orange. All right, now I can go through the rest of my layers and give them this color. Now does this color change anything and regards to the Layer Properties or the pixels? No, not at all. It's simply an organizational tool. All right, well, now that we have learned a few things about renaming, also about labeling our layers, let's go ahead and navigate to that other document. We can do that by pressing Ctrl+Tab or by navigating to the Window pulldown menu and choosing the _daily_sojourn. Press the Spacebar to reposition this image. Now at this particular file, you will nice that I have again, a number of different layers. Now there are different types of layers. Now what I want to do here is rather than rename them, they have already been renamed, I want to organize them into what's called groups and I want to show you a couple of different ways you can do that. The best way is this: you click in the layer camera 4, hold down the Shift key, click in the layer camera 1 and then press Command+G for Group or Ctrl+G for Group. So Command+G on a Mac or Ctrl+G for a PC. That then takes all of those layers, puts them into a group and collapses that group and I'm going to go ahead and name this group, cameras.
Well, next I have this wood layer, that's kind of by itself, so I'll leave that there. I then want to add these Type layers to a group and let's say I forgot the Group shortcut. Well, no big deal, simply click on the Group icon. You can find it at the bottom of the Layers palette and we will name this group, type, then I'll click in one of the type layers, hold down the Shift key, click in another and I'll click and drag those type layers into this folder. I'll then collapse the group folder by clicking on the triangle icon. So far, so good, one more group, we will click in wood, hold down the Shift key, click in the topmost layer. This time, use your shortcut Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on a PC and we will call this one finishing for finishing touches and now I have a pretty organized Layers palette. Now one of the reasons why organizing your Layers palette is helpful is because now if I need to go down and work on those cameras layers, I can turn those on and off and say, yeah, okay here they are, there is one of them, here is another one and I can go through those layers and then begin to modify what I did there. And all that we are talking about here is how can we organize layers. So if we save and close it and then come back to it, we can actually understand what we did and so that we can get to the Layers that we want to work on, pretty quickly.
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