- Assembling multiple pieces of artwork with layer comps
- Creating a black-and-white image from a color photograph
- Merging multiple channels to create an alpha channel with calculations
- Selecting images with the Pen tool
- Masking images using the Brush tool
Skill Level Intermediate
(Music playing) Deke's Photoshop? Deke's Photoshop? Top 40! Hello and welcome to our first regular video blog at lynda.com, Photoshop Top 40. I am your host, Deke McClelland. Over the next 40 weeks I will be presenting you with a countdown of Photoshop's 40 most essential features, starting at the bottom with number 40 and working our way up to number 1. Some are tools, others commands, still others are largely conceptual. But all are absolutely essential capabilities, the bread and butter of Photoshop, the stuff that makes it work, and you work inside it.
And with very few exceptions, every feature works the same in Photoshop CS3 as it does in CS4, and as I assume it will in future versions. Now, if you know anything about Photoshop, you know it offers more than 40 features. In fact, it's probably closer to 40,000. So an awful lot didn't make the cut. Photoshop CS4's sexy new Content-Aware Scale command. Lots of potential, but not essential. Reduce Noise, the Preset Manager, the Sponge tool, nope, nope, and nope.
Vibrance, too minor. Photomerge, too niche. Canvas Size, too tacky. The Magic Wand tool? I get it, you were joking. Here is how exclusive the Top 40 club is. The Clipboard commands didn't make it. That's right. Copy and Paste didn't make the cut. So you have a sense. The 40 surviving features are the real deals. These are the features that over time have proven themselves to be the most essential ingredients in Photoshop, the ones you cannot survive without.
So it's a little bit of fun, a little bit of mystery, a little bit of gimmick, but listen, serious. Join me for a few minutes each week and you will know the most important aspects of Photoshop in record time. Next week, Photoshop feature number 40. What do you suppose it will be?
Q: Is there a way to batch convert an entire folder of photos from the RBG color mode to the CMYK color mode without having to open and convert each individual image?
A: In the Actions panel in Photoshop, create an action that converts an image from RGB to CMYK. Then link to that action from File > Automate > Batch inside Photoshop.
Next, in the Bridge, select a folder of images. Choose Tools > Photoshop > Batch. Select the action inside the ensuing dialog box.
Or, in Photoshop, select File > Automate > Batch, and select the action and the folder inside the dialog box.
See also: Photoshop CS2 Actions & Automation, Chapter 2 “Action Essentials.”