Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features
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Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer


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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer

Here in this brief movie, I want to share with you a few shortcuts which are helpful when it comes to changing the opacity and the fill of a layer. And these shortcuts are new inside of Photoshop CS6. We are going to be working with a Type layer. Well, now that we know little about filtering, rather than searching around in our Layers panel to try to find this type layer, what I want you to do is to navigate to the top of the Layers panel and to go to Kind and then just to click on the icon for finding all of your type layers. Well, here you can see we have the one type layer in our document.
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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3h 33m Intermediate Apr 23, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Getting familiar with the new interface
  • Exploring improvements to Bridge and Mini Bridge
  • Recovering highlights and improving exposure with Camera Raw
  • Making precise raw adjustments with the Point Tone Curve
  • Grouping, filtering, and finding layers
  • Correcting distortion with Adaptive Wide Angle controls
  • Working with the new Content-Aware tools
  • Making better selections
  • Performing perspective cropping
  • Getting started with video in Photoshop
  • Making picture-perfect prints with the Print dialog
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Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer

Here in this brief movie, I want to share with you a few shortcuts which are helpful when it comes to changing the opacity and the fill of a layer. And these shortcuts are new inside of Photoshop CS6. We are going to be working with a Type layer. Well, now that we know little about filtering, rather than searching around in our Layers panel to try to find this type layer, what I want you to do is to navigate to the top of the Layers panel and to go to Kind and then just to click on the icon for finding all of your type layers. Well, here you can see we have the one type layer in our document.

Let's turn on the visibility of this layer. This is made up of a few lines of text. Let's take a look at how we can modify the opacity and the fill of this layer. First, we will do this by using the sliders. Well, we know that the Opacity slider, what it will do is it will decrease the intensity or the opacity of the text and also the layer style effects that we can see here. This basically diminishes everything, or it increases it and we can see it all. The Fill on the other hand, what that allows us to do is to just change the pixel content of the layer.

In other words, this amount will not affect these two layers style effects. As I decrease my fill, I'm just removing the type and then now all that I see are these layer style effects. I can turn these effects on and off, or I can have them both visible. All right. Well, how can we make these same adjustments by using shortcuts? Let's go ahead and take this back to 100%. Well, in regards to opacity, what you can do is you can press a number on the keyboard. If you press the 4 key, it will go to 40%.

If you press 44, it will go to 44%. Yet, give us the ability to change the Opacity and the Fill all the way from 0 to 100. If we press 0 on the keyboard, it will go to 100%. Press 0 twice and it will go to 0%. So again, let me repeat that because you will want to write that down, 0 goes to 100, 00 goes to 0%. All right. Well, what about the fill? Well, the fill works the same way. If you hold down Shift and then press a number like 6 or 8 or 4, it changes the fill to that amount.

If you press Shift+0, it goes to 100%, Shift+00 that takes this back to 0%. And here we could then modify this. Perhaps we want to remove that drop shadow just so that we have this text on top of this image. Now let's say we want to decrease the opacity of this layer style effect that we have. We will let go of the Shift key and press one of the number keys. For example, let's try 3 for 30%. Here you can see we have this much more pull back or maybe even 2 or 1 for 10% or 20%.

Again, just to have a little bit of a texture or element there. So as you can see, these new shortcuts, well, they finally give us this full range of flexibility, allowing us to change the opacity and the fill by way of a shortcut.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/11/12. What changed?
A: We added an additional chapter, "Creative Cloud Updates December 2012," to cover the new features rolled out with the Creative Cloud subscription model for Photoshop, including the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters' new impact on still images, and the abilities to blur video, change image size and resolution with the Crop tool, and use conditional actions to add watermarks to your images.
 
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