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Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu

From: Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

Video: Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu

One of the fundamental principles of non-destructive By duplicating the layer and running an adjustment menu.

Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu

One of the fundamental principles of non-destructive editing inside of Adobe Photoshop are adjustment layers. Adjustment layers can give you the freedom to experiment and test different adjustments without damaging your original files. Over here on my image, I have a mobile device shot that I want to change the color of my screen. I'm going to do it two ways. The first way I'm going to go through and do it with an adjustment layer, and the second way I'm going to do it using a traditional layer and adjustment menu option. First, I'm going to take a selection of my screen, and come over to my adjustments panel and activate hue saturation adjustments.

And that's going to give me my hue saturation adjustment layer I can adjust my hue, and this is all non-destructive. I can turn the visibility on and off. I can even reset this or trash this if I don't like the effect. So that non-destructive element is the first bonus that I get by doing this. The second feature that I like is my file size. If I look down below on the lower left corner of my screen. I will see that my document size is 50.2 megabytes; but the new file size is only 53.2, so it didn't add a whole lot of file size to this.

Now, let's try this the traditional way. By duplicating the layer and running an adjustment menu. So I am going to take my background layer, drag it to my new layer icon to create my copy. Then I'm going to go to Image > Adjustments > Hue Saturation. And I'm going to do the exact same saturation and hue settings that I had before. So that looks pretty good, I'll hit OK. Now I want to mask this out, so I don't affect the rest of the image. So again I'll take a selection of the screen. And at the bottom of my Layers panel, I'll click Add Layer Mask.

So I end up with the same effects I had before. Same and destructive capability with the visibility or destroying the layer if I need to. But down below, I have a completely different file size. My original file size was 50.2 megabytes. The new file size is more than double that at 106.5 megabytes. So the file savings alone is a really great reason to use adjustment layers when working non destructively

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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

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Kevin Stohlmeyer
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
      50s
    2. Starting with the right photograph
      1m 55s
    3. Utilizing colored or white backgrounds in Photoshop
      1m 28s
    4. Setting up your tablet for detail work
      2m 28s
  3. 12m 37s
    1. Using RGB vs. CMYK color spaces
      1m 17s
    2. Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu
      2m 4s
    3. Adjusting exposure in Photoshop
      3m 47s
    4. Easy color adjustments using the two-pass method
      2m 59s
    5. Removing color casts from backgrounds
      2m 30s
  4. 16m 31s
    1. Retouching overview
      19s
    2. Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    3. Using filters to remove dust and scratches
      2m 58s
    4. Cleaning up your image with healing tools
      3m 49s
    5. Utilizing the Clone Stamp tool to its fullest potential
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding the Clone Source panel
      2m 48s
    7. Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 40s
    1. When do you use a mask or a path?
      1m 15s
    2. Creating an accurate path using the Pen tool
      2m 51s
    3. Saving your work path and creating a clipping path
      1m 56s
    4. Making an initial selection with selection tools
      2m 14s
    5. Cleaning up your selection
      3m 3s
    6. Creating a layer mask from a selection
      1m 21s
  6. 10m 58s
    1. How does light affect your product's shadow?
      1m 17s
    2. Using the original source to create a shadow
      1m 51s
    3. Creating your own shadow using brushes
      2m 54s
    4. Adding realism to your shadow with filters
      2m 54s
    5. Using blending modes to add your shadow to the background
      2m 2s
  7. 10m 39s
    1. Enhancing the product
      17s
    2. Adding product labels with vector art
      1m 29s
    3. Transforming the label
      1m 48s
    4. Adding realistic highlights
      2m 47s
    5. Replacing product colors with adjustment layers
      2m 33s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 10s
    1. What are ideal files for automation?
      45s
    2. How to create an action in Photoshop
      2m 5s
    3. The batch-automation process
      2m 25s
    4. Automating color correction
      1m 27s
    5. Automating shadow creation
      2m 14s
    6. Automating image sizes for print and the web
      1m 49s
    7. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    8. Outputting your file to multiple formats
      1m 31s
    9. Adding metadata using templates in Adobe Bridge
      1m 15s
    10. Batch renaming files using Adobe Bridge
      2m 47s
  9. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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