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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can begin to move and target and rearrange our layers. Well here I have this layered document where you can see that I have a background and then above it I have a graphic, which we can see here, and then I have a bunch of different copy layers. And what I want to do is try to create a little layout with these different layers. Well, how can I begin to move things around? We have already seen that you can target a layer by simply clicking in it in the Layers panel and then moving it a bit. Well, let's say that we move this layer and then we go ahead and decide to move another layer by clicking in this one and we reposition this.
And we'd really like to go back to this other graphic layer. How could we do that without having to click in the Layers panel? Well, there are a couple of really helpful shortcuts. Here they are. You can either Right-click or Ctrl+ Click and when you do so what happen is it will open up a contextual menu which will show you all of the layers immediately underneath your mouse cursor. Let me right-click or Ctrl+Click in another place and here you can see I have other layers underneath here. When I select one I can then move that layer to new spot, right-click or Ctrl+Click, select or target that layer and then make the move or reposition that layer with the Move tool. All right! Well, now then I have that graphic in a position where I kind of like it, what about our layer order? One of the things that you may notice is that this "with Chris Orwig" is covering up some copy in the background.
Well, we can of course click on this layer and drag it to a new position so that it's in another spot. Well, how could we do that perhaps even more effectively? Well, here are a couple of really helpful and powerful shortcuts for you. The first one has to do with targeting layers. The second one has to do with moving layers. All right! So let's start with targeting. If you're on a Mac, you can hold down the Option key, on a PC that's the Alt key, and then press your bracket keys. And as I press right bracket, I am moving up or targeting layers up.
As I press my left bracket key, you can see now I am targeting layers down. And all that this is doing is targeting a different layer. Again, it's Option+Bracket keys on the Mac. That's Alt+Bracket keys on the PC. All right! Well, what about something perhaps even a little bit more powerful like moving a layer. How could we do that? On a Mac what you can do is press the Command key. Think of that as the big key. I command this layer to move! On a PC it's the Ctrl key, you want to be a Ctrl freak, you want to really make this happen.
So you press that key plus the bracket key and here you can see I am actually moving that layer to the top of the stack or Command+Left bracket, or Ctrl+Left bracket. I'm now moving that to the bottom of the stack. All right! Well, now that we know a little bit about this, let's rearrange some of these text layers in order to create a little bit of a better layout. What I'm going to do is I'm going to hover over the word Photoshop and right-click or Ctrl+Click and then choose Photoshop. I'll then click and drag to reposition that copy layer.
I'll then go over to the for layer here, right-click or Ctrl+Click, and then select "for," and reposition that there. Now, when I hover over this and right or Ctrl-click I can either select "Photographers" or "with Chris Orwig." Depending on what layer I want to work on I'll make that selection, reposition the layer, and then move to my next layer. In this case, "Chris Orwig" here, I want to move this one, again right-click or Ctrl+Click, select or target the layer and then reposition it.
Now this layer is too big. I need to transform it to make it much smaller. I can do so by navigating to my Edit pulldown menu then by choosing Free Transform. There's also a shortcut for that. We will go ahead and select that and then click on one of the resize handles, and then press Enter or Return to apply that, and then reposition the layer. All right! So now here we have a layout, which looks a little bit better, and along the way we've learn some valuable tips and tricks for working with layers.
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