Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a shape layer, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
Shape layers are a special kind of layer made up of a color and a vector mask…that defines the shape.…When you need a geometric or graphic shape, it makes sense to use a Shape…layer rather than to fill a selection on a regular layer because you can…always reshape a shape layer without degrading its image quality, or resize it…and its edges are likely to be much smoother than the edges of the shape on a…regular pixel-based layer.…Let's take a look at this layer, the circle layer which is a pixel-based layer.…If I get my Zoom tool and zoom in on that, you can see that its edges are indeed…made up of square pixels.…
If I were to scale up this pixel- based object, it wouldn't look very good.…You might actually be able to see the jagged edges of the shape as you can here…when I am zoomed in.…And if this was a photograph, the photograph would probably get blurry and soft…if I scale it up too far.…By contrast, a shape layer does allow you to scale and resize.…So let's see how to make a shape layer.…I am going to go back to 100% view by clicking this Actual Pixels button in the…
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcutswith Michael Ninness6h 21m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depthwith Jan Kabili3h 46m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advancedwith Deke McClelland20h 57m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Trainingwith Chris Orwig12h 23m Intermediate
1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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