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One of the new features in Photoshop CS6 that users have been asking for for several years is the ability to search for and filter out different layers in the Layers panel inside of Photoshop. If I drag out the Layers panel here, you'll see that I've got several different layers stored in groups inside of my document. What I want to be able to do is instantly search for or filter out different layer types to easily find the content that I need to target. In previous versions of Photoshop, I would have to go, open each individual group, and find those layers individually by searching through the Layers panel like this.
Now, in Photoshop CS6, I have the ability to either search for or simply filter out different layer types. So for instance, if I know that I'm looking for the bird icon right here, I can go right here to the top and choose Name and in the search field type in the "Bird," and it automatically finds the Bird icon layer for me. I can then select it, and I can move or manipulate the Bird layer any way I want to. If I want to clear that, I can simply turn the filtering off by clicking this little toggle switch right here.
When I do that, all of my layers come back. If I turn that back on, the filter is still applied. I have to come in here and remove the name in order to return back to the full list. I can also filter out by type of layer. So when I select Kind, I can say show me only the Image layers. If I turn that off, it goes back to normal. I could say show me only the Text layers, and all the text layers appear. Turning that off turns everything back to normal. You have filters for shape layers, Smart Objects, text, and adjustment layers as well.
If we continue to look here inside of the Filter dropdown list, we can also search by effect, by mode, by attribute, or by color. By selecting these, you'll be able to select by effect, such as Bevel & Emboss, Stroke, Inner and Outer Glow, Satin, Overlay, all of the basic layer styles that you have the ability to apply. Mode, this refers to the blending modes. So any layer that adopts any one of these blending modes will show up if you filter it. Attribute, you can say Visible, Locked, Empty, Linked, Clipped, Layer Mask.
There's a lot of different ways to filter out layers in Photoshop. It's not just a search and a couple of buttons. The possibilities literally are endless. Finally, there's Color, so I can select based on layer color. This is a great way to keep things organized inside of your document. So if I were to add layer colors to a few of these--let's go ahead and do that now-- like Carrier Info for instance--I'll right-click on it, give it a red color-- it goes away because I have None set as the search. If I choose Red, Carrier Info shows up.
If I go back to None, all the layers come back in except for Carrier Info. Turning off the toggle switch brings Carrier Info back. If I right-click on it and remove the color and then turn the filter back on, Carrier Info stays. So as you can see, utilizing the new search and filter capabilities here inside of Photoshop CS6 is a great way to keep yourself organized and find the layers that you need quickly and easily.
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