When selecting multiple layers with the Move tool, you have the option to check “Show Transform Controls” (in the Options bar) to have Photoshop display a bounding box around selected objects (content on layers). Not only does this help to show which layers are selected but can also be used to quickly transform an object without having to select the Free Transform command.
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag a layer in the image area with the Move tool creates a copy of a layer. You can also Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag in the Layers panel to duplicate layer(s) – select the layer(s) and drag until you see a heavy black line between the layers and release. Note, this also works with Layer Groups.
If the Move tool is selected, holding the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) key temporarily activates the Auto Select (Layer) feature. To use Auto Select, simply click in the image area over the desired layer to select it in the Layers panel. Note: if you prefer, you can check Auto Select (available in the Options bar when the Move tool is selected) to eliminate the need for the modifier key. You can also Shift click on additional layers to select them. To select a layer using the context sensitive menus, Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click in the image area over the desired layer and select it from list.
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In order to drag-select multiple layers, select the Move tool, enable (check) the Auto Select option in the Options bar and choose Layer from the pull-down list. Click and drag over content on a layer(s) with the Move tool (in the image area) to select the layers. This method works well if you have multiple layers and a Background. Otherwise, because you have the Auto Select feature turned on, clicking in the image area will select the first layer that you click on and begin to move it instead of selecting additional layers. Note: because a Background is locked by default, it is impossible to drag-select and therefore skipped by the Auto Select Feature. If you have layers that you do not want to auto select, lock them.
Once you have started creating and have saved a book project in Lightroom (by clicking the Create Saved Book button), I find it easiest to add additional images by returning to the Library module, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -clicking (Win) on the Saved Book Project and selecting Set as Target Collection. Then, I navigate to the image(s) that I want to add, select them, and tap the “B” key to add them to the targeted collection. Once they are part of the Saved Book Collection, return to the Book module and drag and drop them into your book layout. Note: if you are sorting by User Order, Lightroom will add the image(s) at the end of the collection.
When adding a new Collection within an existing Collection Set, instead of clicking the “+” icon in the Collections panel header, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the Collection Set that you want the new collection to be in, and choose Create Collection. Lightroom automatically selects the Collection Set that was clicked on in the Collections panel, in the Location area.
When creating a book in Lightroom, I prefer to have text that appears on the spine to be vertically centered. To have Lightroom automate this process, enter your text, then in the Type panel, click the Vertical Align Center icon. This is much easier than trying to use the Padding options in the Cell panel.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Tethered Capture with Lightroom 5), Julieanne walks though setting up the Tethered capture setting in Lightroom and demonstrates how to automatically apply develop settings and presets as well as sort by descending order to view the most recently taken photograph.
If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure not to miss Sean Teegarden at this month’s SF Bay Area Lightroom User Group.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC), Julieanne takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images, and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel, and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once.
• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to Link Smart Objects in Photoshop CC), Julieanne will show you when to embed and when to link Smart Objects, update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on smart object attributes.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) drag and drop a file from Bridge to an open document in Photoshop to create a linked (not embedded) Smart Object. Note: this shortcut will also work if you drag and drop from Lightroom into an open Photoshop document on the Mac.
• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) will edit the contents of a Smart Object.