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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.
Now that you're building up your layers expertise, I want to share with you a few more techniques that you can add to your bag of tricks when it comes to working with a document which has multiple layers. Well, here with this document, you can see I have these different layers. In order to move one of the layers, I can simply click on it in order to target it, and then I can click and drag in order to reposition that element. Yet there are few other techniques that you can use which allow you to do this even more quickly so that you don't always have to navigate to the Layers panel.
One technique is you can right-click or Ctrl-click over your layers. When you do that, it will show you everything underneath where you clicked. In this case, it will show me these items, so I can then make the selection of the correct layer that I want to work with, and then I can go ahead and reposition that. And this is really helpful because this works regardless of the opacity of your layer. Another way that you can quickly target and select layers is by turning on what's called Auto Select. If you click to turn that on and then go ahead and click around your Layers panel, you'll notice that it automatically jumps to these different layers simply as I click.
Now some people find this helpful. In my own workflow, I find it a bit distracting because I find that I'll accidentally click on layers, and it's just too much. So I prefer to have this preference off, but I access this functionality by way of a shortcut. What you can do is go ahead and press Ctrl+Option on a Mac, or Ctrl+Alt on Windows, and then you can click. And as you do that, you can see that I can use this auto select functionality although this isn't turned on. In a sense I'm, quote, turning it on by pressing the shortcut, and this is really helpful again because it allows me to jump to a layer and then to reposition so I can move this around.
So again, to reiterate some of these different techniques that we can use to target layers, one of them is to right-click or Ctrl-click. Another one is to turn on Auto Select, and then the last one is to press Ctrl+Option on a Mac, or Ctrl+Alt on Windows, and then simply click in your Layers panel in order to quickly select and target a layer.
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