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Working with photographs

From: Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Video: Working with photographs

Photographs are a key ingredient in this web design recipe, and so we need to be able to get photographs into our designs quickly and easily and work with them. In this movie, I'll explore how to put photographs into your web site mockup and how to use them. So I am going to go ahead and come over to this document that has three different robot photographs in it. You can see each one is on its own layer. And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to put them into my other design, and I'm just going to go that as I need them. So I'll go back over. And I'm temporarily going to hide this rectangle that's underneath the Header because I don't need that right now.

Working with photographs

Photographs are a key ingredient in this web design recipe, and so we need to be able to get photographs into our designs quickly and easily and work with them. In this movie, I'll explore how to put photographs into your web site mockup and how to use them. So I am going to go ahead and come over to this document that has three different robot photographs in it. You can see each one is on its own layer. And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to put them into my other design, and I'm just going to go that as I need them. So I'll go back over. And I'm temporarily going to hide this rectangle that's underneath the Header because I don't need that right now.

I am actually going to be creating content for the storefront. So I am going to find Content_Store and open that up, so it's open when I start dragging stuff into it. I'll go back over here. I'm just going to select all three of these layers by Shift+Clicking, and then I'll take them and I'll drag them over. I'll hold down my Shift key and then I'll release my mouse and then I will release my Shift key. Now it should've dropped them right in the Content Store, which it did. If it didn't drop them in there, that's okay; you can just move them into the folder. And it should have dropped in dead center in the middle of the page, which it has.

Now I am also going to drag them up so that they meet the content margin as well. So let's drag them up till I snap to this guide, and now I am going to evenly distribute them across as well. So I'll take the red robot first by selecting this layer and I'll move him over to the left. And I am just doing this with my arrow keys. If I wanted to use my mouse, I could, but I need a first turn off Auto Select, if you have that selected. So I'll turn that off. And then I'll grab the green robot. And he's going to stay right in the middle, so let's move the silver robot over. Here we go. And it should snap right to the guides.

Now, theoretically, since I have pasted these into the dead center of the page, they should be evenly distributed across. But just in case, I'll select all three of them again, I'll come up to the Options bar, and I'll choose to Distribute horizontal centers. Once I do that, this robot snaps right in to the center like it should, and I'm good to go. I am going to select one of the robots. It really doesn't matter which one. In this case I'll be working with the silver robot. And I'll double-click to right-hand side, and I am going to add some layer styles. I'll add a stroke and I'll make sure this is set to the inside, set it to white for the color, and maybe about five pixels in width.

And now go down to the bottom and choose drop shadow. I am going to change the Distance to 0, I'll change the Size to about 8, and I'll change the Opacity to 55, just a subtle shadow. Hit OK. Now, I want to easily transfer this to all of these photos. Pretty simple. Right-click on this layer, choose Copy Layer Style, then select both the layers beneath it with Shift+Click, right-click, and choose Paste Layer Style.

It pastes in on both of those and you can see it right there in the window. Now I'll collapse those up, and there we go. Now, I also know that I want a copy of this robot here on my About page, so what I'm going to do is select that robot, which is the silver robot; use Command+J or Ctrl+J to duplicate it; and then I'll drag that copy and drop it into the About folder. I'll close up Content Store, and actually for now, I'm going to hide that group.

So I'll find Contact Store and click the eyeball next the group. Now I'll open up Content About, find the robot, and I'm just going to center him in between these two guides right here. As long as he snaps to that top, it's okay. And so now this is going to be kind of a side marker to our About text that we add in a little bit later on. So now that we have got all of my images in place, I am ready to save this composition and continue working.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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