To begin our project, let’s go to the exercise files and open the file big wood bowl.psd. We’ll create a new layer. With the marquee tool, we’ll make the primary color swatch. We’ll choose a color. Then we’ll create the link color swatch. Once those color layer are made, we’ll convert each to a SmartObject.
- [Voiceover] Now to begin our project, let's go to the exercise files. Let's open up the file big_wood_bowl.psd up inside of Photoshop. And then once the file's open, let's come over to the layers panel. Let's make sure we don't have any layers selected. You can click in the negative area here to make sure. Then at the bottom of the layers panel, let's come down and click create new layer. Then let's come up here, double-click on the layer name. And let's name this color dash primary. Next, let's come over to the toolbar. Let's select the marquee selection tool.
Make sure your rulers are turned on. If they're not turned on, you can hit Command + R on the Mac, or Control + R in Windows. Let's get the cursor to the upper left-hand corner. Let's click and drag. Gonna add in the Shift key. And I want to click and drag and create a marquee that's about 100 pixels by 100 pixels. So now with that selection in place, let's come down to the swatches in the toolbar. Click on the foreground swatch. Let's come in here and set our primary color. So that's going to be 198 for red.
I'll hit tab. Let's set green to 98, then a tab. And then zero for blue. With our orange color created, let's click OK. And now with this selection on the canvas, and the color dash primary layer selected, let's come up to the edit menu. Come down and choose fill. For content, make sure we're on foreground color, and then click OK. So that will fill that entire marquee area with that color. Now to get rid of our selection, we'll hit Command + D on the Mac, or Control + D in Windows.
Next, I'll hit the V key on my keyboard, to select the move tool, over here. And then I'll just move this down a little bit into the center of the canvas. Next, let's come over to the layers panel. Let's create another layer. Let's rename this. We'll name this color dash link. Press Return. Back to the marquee tool. You can press the M key on your keyboard to get to that tool. We'll do the same thing.
Holding the Shift key, I'll click and drag out a marquee selection about 100 pixels by 100 pixels. Come back to the foreground color, click on the swatch. For the link color, we're gonna use a blue. So we'll put zero for red, 157 for green, and 202 for blue. Then click OK. Now a shortcut to fill with the foreground color, on the Mac is Option + Delete, on Windows, you can hit Alt + Delete. And then similarly, you can choose Command + Delete on the Mac to fill with the background color, or Control + Delete in Windows.
So now that we have our blue swatch, Command or Control + D, V for the move tool. I'll just move this down here as well. Now let's go back to the layers panel. Let's select the color primary layer. Right-click. Let's convert this to a smart object. Select color dash link. Right-click. And we'll convert this to a smart object as well. So now with both of these smart objects created, I'll hold the Shift key, select color primary.
So now we have both of our color layers selected. Then at the bottom of the layers panel, Let's come down and click on the group icon. Then we'll double-click on group one, and we'll rename this colors. And now with our smart object colors created, next we'll apply the primary color to elements in the main story group.