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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, in this movie, I want to dig a little deeper into working with layers. In particular, I want to focus in on how we can organize the layers that we've created and also how we can filter and find different types of layers. Well, here you can see I have a project open. This is a project from one of my other training courses where we focused on creative layers and blending, and you can see I have a number of different layers here in my Layers panel. Well, I want to turn off the visibility of all of them except the Background layer. One way that you can do that is you can go ahead and click on one of the Eye icons and just click and drag across the others in order to turn the visibility of those off.
Well, here I have the original file. Next, I have a couple of layers here, sky and color and blending. Well, it'd be kind of nice to group these two layers together. One of the ways that you can do that is you can go ahead and target a layer, and then you can click on this Group icon right here. When you click on that icon, it will create a group above. I'm going to call this group Color and Blending. Next, to add images to the group, you can go ahead and click on a photograph and drag and drop it into that group.
You'll notice it's now inside of what looks like a little folder. The nice thing about this is you can collapse this group and so you have both of these layers inside of this little group, and it's just a nice way to organize things. You'll notice I already have a group here for some creative adjustments. Let's turn on the visibility of that group. Well, what about these top adjustments here? Well, these really are the final adjustments in this project. So let's click in this first layer here, hold down the Shift key, click in the last layer, and let's add all of these to our group, but this time let's do this more quickly.
Let's use a shortcut to create a group and to group all of these together. The shortcut to do this it's Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on Windows. Here, we'll go ahead and double-click that group name and just name this one Final Adjustments. Well, now that I've organized my Layers panel, this is going to be much easier to work with, because here I can see the different adjustments that I've made. If I need to get into one of these groups, I can just click to expand that, and then I can work with these various layers, and I can turn these on or off in order to evaluate the layer or to make any needed changes.
Well, now that we've organized this file, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can filter or find different layers in this file. And let's do that in the next movie.
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