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The consolidated Properties panel

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Video: The consolidated Properties panel

This next feature is largely cosmetic. However, I want you to know about it just so that you're not confused. Now a lot of us spend a lot of time in Photoshop creating adjustment layers, and if you're such a person, then you're probably used to creating and modifying your adjustment layers in the Adjustments panel. The Adjustments panel still exists inside Photoshop CS6. However, it's now exclusively devoted to the task of creating adjustment layers. If you want to modify an adjustment layer, then you go to the new Properties panel. Let me show you how that works.

The consolidated Properties panel

This next feature is largely cosmetic. However, I want you to know about it just so that you're not confused. Now a lot of us spend a lot of time in Photoshop creating adjustment layers, and if you're such a person, then you're probably used to creating and modifying your adjustment layers in the Adjustments panel. The Adjustments panel still exists inside Photoshop CS6. However, it's now exclusively devoted to the task of creating adjustment layers. If you want to modify an adjustment layer, then you go to the new Properties panel. Let me show you how that works.

I've got an image here with quite a few adjustment layers in it. I'll go ahead and double-click on one of those adjustment layers in order to bring up the layer settings here inside the new Properties panel. Now, one of the great things about this Properties panel is that it's scalable. So when you're working with something like Vibrance, which only has a couple of slider bars, you can make the panel a lot smaller so that it covers up less of your image on screen. Now, other color adjustments, of course, require more room. For example, if I switch to this Levels Adjustment layer, then you can see that I've kind of squished away some of the options here down toward the bottom.

But I do have a scrollbar so I can move up and down if I want to keep that panel nice and small, or I can go ahead and make it larger once again. And you also have the option of making the panel larger horizontally so that, for example, in the case of levels, you get a wider histogram. The same goes when working with curves, by the way. Let's say I decide to create a Curves layer by clicking on the Curves icon in the Adjustments panel. When the panel is nice and big, you get a big Curves graph. When it's smaller, you get a smaller curves graph.

So it's entirely up to you how you decide to work. You may also notice that we have a new color adjustment that's available to us and it's this guy right there, Color Lookup. If you click on it, then you have a variety of different lookup tables you can apply. Now the idea behind the Lookup table is that it maps every single luminance level to a different luminance level on a channel-by-channel basis. So you might think of it as being analogous to a color profile in terms of the modifications that it makes. So for example, if I wanted to give this image more of a film look, I could go ahead and choose this option right here, filmstock_50.3dl, and that will give me this look here.

And just like that, I lend my image a very distinct appearance. Now for the moment I'm going to go ahead and close the Properties panel just by clicking on the word Properties there. The Properties panel also houses all the layer masking options. So for example, if I double-click on this layer mask here inside the Layers panel, in CS5 and earlier, that would have brought up a dialog box that allows you to change the appearance of the mask when you're viewing the mask and the image at the same time. Now what happens is you bring up the masking options here inside the Properties panel. And notice, by the way, that I can switch back and forth between, in this case, the Brightness/ Contrast settings associated with this particular adjustment layer and the Mask Options just by clicking back and forth on one of these two icons.

The final purpose of the Properties panel is to house many of the 3D options. I'll go ahead and switch to this other image that I have open here. And notice I've got this 3D layer that's devoted to this 3D type. If I double-click on its thumbnail, that opens up the 3D panel, and we'll discuss how these options work in a later movie. That's not what I want. What I want to be able to see is the properties, for example, the degree of extrusion that's assigned to these letters. And in that case what I do is I go ahead and switch over to the Move tool and then I'll click on the letters to select the 3D mesh.

Now I'll go up to the Window menu and choose the Properties command to bring up the Properties panel, and notice now that I have direct access to all of those 3D functions including the Extrusion Depth. So I don't have to go to an independent dialog box as I had to in CS5. And that's how you work with the new Properties panel here inside Photoshop CS6.

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Photoshop CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 37s
  2. 2h 27m
    1. The secrets of the dark interface
      3m 55s
    2. Background and Auto-Save
      3m 22s
    3. The altogether revamped Crop tool
      4m 0s
    4. The consolidated Properties panel
      3m 58s
    5. The searchable Layers panel
      5m 2s
    6. Modifying multiple layers at a time
      4m 50s
    7. The wide world of layer enhancements
      6m 48s
    8. Content-Aware Move and Extend
      6m 16s
    9. Content-Aware Patch
      3m 14s
    10. Auto-Power color adjustments
      6m 3s
    11. The brave new world of Camera Raw 7
      6m 16s
    12. The new three-part Blur Gallery
      8m 9s
    13. The Adaptive Wide-Angle filter
      7m 7s
    14. Correcting wide-angle panoramas
      7m 14s
    15. Text enhancements & styles
      4m 48s
    16. Filling & stroking shape layers
      4m 37s
    17. Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes
      4m 17s
    18. Working with the Scripted Patterns
      3m 32s
    19. Erodible brush tips & airbrushes
      5m 44s
    20. The enhanced Liquify filter
      4m 20s
    21. The new Oil Paint filter
      4m 10s
    22. Selecting skin tones and faces
      5m 11s
    23. The new Lighting Effects filter
      6m 29s
    24. Editing videos in the Timeline panel
      10m 16s
    25. Making editable 3D type
      8m 8s
    26. 3D shadows and reflections
      6m 35s
    27. Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
      3m 0s
  3. 50m 34s
    1. Introducing the first Photoshop Creative Cloud update
      1m 36s
    2. Liquify and Blur Gallery support Smart Objects
      8m 42s
    3. Creating conditional actions
      9m 51s
    4. Moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly
      3m 32s
    5. Autonaming merged layers
      4m 42s
    6. Creating global default type styles
      4m 57s
    7. Copying CSS code from specialty layers
      4m 54s
    8. Enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit bit color
      6m 42s
    9. The new default 3D image-based light
      5m 38s
  4. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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