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Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)

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Video: Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)

In this movie, I'll show you how to isolate one or

Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)

In this movie, I'll show you how to isolate one or more layers inside Photoshop. So that you can modify them independently of other layers in a composition. And this is particularly helpful when working with path outlines associated with shape layers. Because to prevent you from messing up other path outlines in a document. So notice that the dotted path outline, the rounded rectangle, still has some problems. We've got the circle that's slightly cut off in front of the w.

And then, we have too much space between the S and this dot right there. And then, we've got some problems around the star, as well. And so, by default if I have a shape layer selected, which I do this border layer here inside the Layers panel. And, I marquee an area with, in my case, the White Arrow tool. Which allows me to select independent anchor points. Then, I'm going to select the points that are associated with the active layer only. But, notice this option on the far left side of the Options bar, it's currently set to Active Layers, but it can be set to All Layers instead.

Which you may sometimes find helpful. But it can also throw you. So, notice if All Layers are active, and I draw that same marquee as I did before. I end up selecting not only these two anchor points that are associated with a rounded rectangle. But I select the star and this pair of scissors as well, and notice that I now have three layers selected. Here inside the Layers panel. If you don't want that, then all you have to do is click on that Border layer to select that one layer only. And Photoshop will automatically deselect the star in the scissors.

A more fool proof way to work is to isolate this Border layer. And you can do that in one of two ways. Either you can go up to the Select menu and choose Isolate Layers. Or, if either of the arrow tools or the move tool appear at the top of the toolbox is selected. Then you can right-click inside the image window and choose Isolate Layers from the shortcut menu. Either way, you'll see just the selected layer here inside the Layers panel. Thereby prohibiting you from selecting anything associated with any of the other layers.

So notice now even though Select is still set to All Layers, if I marquee around the star and the scissors, I do not select them. I just select these two anchor points right there. Now what I really want to do is modify the layer mask in order to prevent this dot from being cut off. Fortunately, that layer mask is still accessible to me. So all I need to do is click on its thumbnail here inside the Layers panel, and then I'll switch to the rectangular marquee tool. Which of course, I can get by pressing the m key.

And now, I'll just go ahead and marquee this little bit of dot right there, the one that's cut in half. And I'm going to include this dot as well, the one above the star. I want to change that area, inside the layer mask, to black. And because black is my foreground color, all I need to do is press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete. If you're working along with me, and black is not your foreground color, then you just need to swap the foreground and background color. Either by clicking on this little icon right there or you can press the x key.

And then, you press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac. All right, we've got another problem up here. This dot is too far away from the S, so I'm going to marquee right about there I figure. And I want to make a dot appear this time, so I need this region to be white inside of the layer mask. And I'll achieve that effect by pressing Ctrl+Backspace or Cmd+Delete on a Mac. And if you don't quite get all of the dot, you can just drag this guy over a little bit and then press Ctrl+Backspace or Cmd+Delete again.

And now, I'll move over to the dot that's being cut off next to the w. And, I'll go ahead and marquee it, let's say. And I'll press Ctrl+Backspace or Cmd+Delete on the Mac to reveal that entire dot. And then, I'll click again to deselect the image. Now at this point, we have a problem with the dots beings too close to the W and too close to the S. And so what I want to do is nudge these letters closer together by reducing the tracking value. Problem is I can't get to the letters of course, because I'm still working in this isolation mode.

But you can always get to a text layer regardless of whether you're isolated or not, by selecting the Type tool. So I'll go ahead and click on the Type tool, or of course you could press the t key. And now, notice that there is no type layer available to us here inside the Layers panel. But as soon as I click inside of that text. Not do I get my blinking insertion marker, but I also see that text layer. So, it automatically becomes available to me. At which point I'll press Ctrl+a or Cmd+a on a Mac, to select all that text.

I'll zoom out a little bit by pressing Ctrl+minus, or Cmd+minus on a Mac. And I'll go ahead and bring up my Character panel by clicking on a little a here in this column of icons. Or because I have some text selected I'll press Ctrl+t or Cmd+t on a Mac. I'll also go ahead and select this tracking value right here by clicking on it. And then, I'll take the value down to negative ten, and that should end up doing the trick. And I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to accept that change. And then I'll hide the Character panel by clicking on the little double arrow icon.

And I'll accept my changes to the type by pressing the Esc key. Or you can press the Enter key on the numerical key pad. And now notice the text needs to be centered a little bit better. And so, I'll press the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on a Mac, and then I'll press the right-arrow key three or four times. In order to nudge that text over to the right. Now, of course, the final thing you need to do is escape the Isolation mode so that you can access the other layers inside of your document. And you do that in one of two ways. Either you can go up to the Select menu and choose Isolate Layers to turn it off, or an easier way to work in my opinion.

Is to go here, to the Layers Panel. Notice the word Selected in the top left corner of the panel. That tells you that you've isolated one or more selected layers. Rather than switching this to something different, what you want to do is, move over to this little switch right there. Remember I said, it appears red right now? Just go ahead and click on it in order to turn it off. And now you can access any layer you like. And that's how you isolate one or more layers so that you can modify those layers. Without running the risk of harming other layers here in Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014) NEW
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014) NEW
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014) NEW
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool UPDATED
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text UPDATED
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks UPDATED
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks UPDATED
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters UPDATED
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text UPDATED
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs UPDATED
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path UPDATED
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements UPDATED
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones UPDATED
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes UPDATED
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer UPDATED
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document UPDATED
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web UPDATED
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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