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Stacking order and eyedropping a layer

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Video: Stacking order and eyedropping a layer

In this exercise, we're going to add a few more layers to our composition. I'm going to show you how to change the stacking order, not only by dragging layers inside the Layers panel, but you can do it from the keyboard as well. I've saved my progress as The three glasses.psd found inside the 10_layers folder. I'm going to bring back up my Layers panel by pressing the F7 key. Now I can tell that this first glass is the biggest one, because I remember, it was called glass 142, blah, blah, blah. So I'm going to rename it glass 1 like so, but I'm not sure what's going on with glass 2 and glass 2 copy here, because the thumbnails are all the same size and there is no context.

Stacking order and eyedropping a layer

In this exercise, we're going to add a few more layers to our composition. I'm going to show you how to change the stacking order, not only by dragging layers inside the Layers panel, but you can do it from the keyboard as well. I've saved my progress as The three glasses.psd found inside the 10_layers folder. I'm going to bring back up my Layers panel by pressing the F7 key. Now I can tell that this first glass is the biggest one, because I remember, it was called glass 142, blah, blah, blah. So I'm going to rename it glass 1 like so, but I'm not sure what's going on with glass 2 and glass 2 copy here, because the thumbnails are all the same size and there is no context.

There is no indication of where the glasses are inside the composition, and that's because I change that one setting. You may recall. So I'm going to change it back, by going up to the fly out menu and choosing panel Options. Then I'm going to select Entire Document from Thumbnail Contents and click OK. Now I can see sure enough, there is glass 1; glass 2 copy is actually glass 3, because it's the little one over on the right; and glass 2 is the one in the middle. I can go ahead and move glass 3 now below glass 2, so that they're in the proper order.

It's one way to work. Another thing I can do is I can press the Control key or the Command key on the Mac along with one of the bracket keys. If I press Control+Right Bracket or Command+Right Bracket on the Mac, then I move this layer up the stack like so until I get all the way to the top. Then if I press Control+Left Bracket or Command+Left Bracket on the Mac, then I go down the stack. Notice, you can also press Control+ Shift+Right Bracket or Command+Shift+Right Bracket on the Mac, to send it all the way to the top or you can press Control+Shift+Left Bracket or Command+ Shift+Left Bracket to send it all the way to the bottom, that is right on top of the Background, because nothing can be below the Background.

The Background always has to be at the bottom of the stack; so few keyboard shortcuts for those of you who may be interested. Now I'm going to turn on this colors layer. I created this layer very simply using the Polygonal Lasso Tool. I outlined certain areas inside the image. Then I changed foreground color to blue in this case, and pressed Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete in order to fill that area with blue, and then green, and then yellow. So the purpose of this layer is to colorize the martini glasses. So I'm going to bring back the Layers panel, click on colors.

I'm going to change the Blend Mode to Color, and that goes ahead and fuses each one of these glasses with these radiant colors right here. Now I didn't quite get everything aligned exactly right. There maybe a function of putting the martini glasses in different places. Let's go and inspect our work by moving the Layers panel out of the way, and pressing the Escape key, so that color is no longer active. Notice that these bubbles right here, and these half bubbles ought to be yellow and these guys ought to be green.

So we're going to fix that, because I want to pass along another trick here that you should be aware of. I'm going to select the Lasso Tool. I'm going to go ahead and Alt+Click around this areas to employ my Polygonal Lasso Function there, until I get more or less this area selected, just to make sure I've selected too much, don't you know, and I need to eye-drop that green. So I'll go over to the Eyedropper Tool or I can press the I key, but if I click inside some region of the glass, you'll see then I get the composite version of that color. So like a dark green, if I click in a dark area, how do I get the exact green that I used on that layer with the Eyedropper? Well, what you do is you go up to the Options bar.

You notice Sample is set to All Layers right now. Change it to Current Layer and press the Escape key, so it's no longer sticky on the PC, anyway, you don't have to do that on the Mac. Now click-and-hold, and you can see that I've got a very light shade of green, even when I'm dragging around the glass like so. That's the one I want. Now I'll press Alt+Backspace or Option +Delete to fill that area with green. Now let's repeat the process for yellow, go ahead and click off the selection to deselect it. Then press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and click around this region here in order to select those bubbles.

Then I'll get my Eyedropper Tool by pressing the I key. It's already set to Current Layer as you'll see. Go ahead and click inside of the glass and you'll get that yellow, release, and press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete to fill that region with the proper shade of yellow. Now what I recommend is after you're through lifting all the colors you want to from the Current Layer, then you go up to Sample and you change it back from Current Layer to All Layers, because they can actually throw off the behavior of the Eyedropper Tool in ways that you might not expect. Then, when it starts misbehaving, you'll forget that you would change it to Current Layer and it just won't behave itself at all.

Anyway, that's my experience. I'm going to go ahead and escape out of that option. Press the M key to switch back to the Marquee Tool. One more thing that I want to do here, I'll click off in order to deselect the image. One more layer that I want to add, and that's a layer of inversion. Let's go back up here. If you check out the final Martini Hour banner, you'll see that the glasses are actually light against the dark background, and that's because I inverted everything. I did that using an Invert Adjustment Layer. I'm going to show you how that Adjustment Layer works as well as this really great new Opacity trick inside CS5 in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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