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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Here I want to introduce you to working with the Properties panel. The Properties panel is where all of our adjustments that we create in our Adjustments panel will show up. This is how we can modify the color and tone of our pictures or also, where we can work on our masks for those particular adjustments. Well, with this image, let's take a look at how we can convert this to black and white and improve the overall look and feel of this photograph. Well, here you can see the workspace that I've chosen is for Photography. You can do that by clicking on this option here. This displays my Adjustments panel, just above my Layers panel.
One of the things that I want to do here is I want to click on this icon which allows me to convert this image to black and white. Once I do that it then opens up this adjustment here in the Properties panel. In this case I have some controls for this Black & White conversion. I'll go ahead and increase the Reds, the brightness of the Yellows as well. The other thing that we can do in the Properties panel is we can click on this icon here. This then shows us our mask for this particular adjustment, and also we have further controls for working with that mask.
Well, let's say that we want to make another adjustment. We need to brighten this image up a little bit. Well, perhaps we'll use an adjustment, say like Levels. To do that just click on the Levels icon. Whenever you select or create a new adjustment, well, by default, it will show up in the Properties panel. So here I'll go ahead and brighten this image up a little bit. See if I can find a nice way to process this photograph, have a good amount of contrast there, and just modify the overall look and feel of this picture. All right. Well, now that I've done that I want to go back to my Black & White adjustment.
Well, how do we do that? Well, it's as simple as clicking on it in the Layers panel. Notice that it then updates the Properties panel so that I can then change these values. I can also change the way that this appears. In other words, let's go back to Levels for a second. Here you can see I have a visual graph of the tone of this image. Well, if I want that to be bigger, just hover over the edge of this Property panel here and click and drag. Here you can see I'm seeing a more detailed view of this particular graph.
I can also make this smaller if I want to tuck it out of the way. You can do the same thing with the bottom of this panel as well, in order to just focus in on those controls that you want to work with. All right. Well, let's say that we're done with this image. We've made our adjustments. We've converted it to black and white. How do we get rid of the Properties panel? Well, that's as simple as clicking on this double arrow icon. To do that, it will then close the panel. In order to re-open it, you can either click on this icon here, or you can go ahead and navigate to the layer and then you can double-click on the icon for that adjustment.
As I do that, you can see that it's opening up the panel with those adjustments accessible to me, so that I could make further changes to this particular photograph, and then again, once you're complete, go ahead and double-click the little arrow icon in order to close the panel.
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