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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 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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