When changing the stacking order layers in the Layers panel, I found it difficult to predict if the layer I was dragging was going to land within a Layer Group or outside of it. In the example below, I want to drag the “paper” layer above the “walnuts” layer, but I didn’t want to include it within the “texture” Layer Group.
If you look carefully at the next illustration you can see that the hand icon is positioned over the bottom layer in the Layer Group. If I release the mouse at that point, the layer would be added within the “texture” Layer Group. This was not what I wanted.
Instead, if I release the mouse as it’s positioned in the next illustration, the layer will be repositioned above the “walnut” layer but not within the “texture” Layer Group.
This subtle positioning behavior was lost on me for years. I thought I remembered someone telling me that the Eye icon also changed, but I wasn’t able to reproduce that. If you know the secret handshake, let us know! : )
Note: Another way to be sure that the paper layer wasn’t included in the texture Layer Group would have been to close the Layer Group before repositioning the layer.
I’m sorry, I completely forgot to blog about this! I was asked to make another guest appearance on the Photoshop Playbook series, so here’s a short tutorial on how to add textures to photographs (both locally as well as selectively) in Photoshop. I hope it’s helpful!
Even though I have spent the past 10 weeks talking about all of the new features and product enhancements that the Photoshop team has added since Photoshop CC launched, there are still great features that I wasn’t able to cover! So to make sure that I’ve covered all of the topics, I’ll extend the project through the end of the week.
Today we will start with four hidden gems including:
• When creating new documents, the Background Contents option can be included as part of a script and will also be saved as part of a New Document Preset.
• Clicking the lock icon next to the Background layer on the Layers panel converts the Background to a layer.
• The Swatches panel now displays the recently used swatches across the top of the panel.
• The Color sampler tool can now add up to ten different samples. You can click on the eyedropper in the Info panel to change the color readout values for each sampler individually, or Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) click the eyedropper to change them all at once.
Discover the powerful new abilities of Layer Comps in Photoshop CC including the new icons for options being saved, syncing changes across multiple Layer Comps, and accessing layer comps within Smart Objects.
Layer masks in Photoshop are white by default, they are not transparent—even though they control the opacity/transparency of the contents of the layer.
If you Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel, you can view the contents of the mask. You will not see the checkerboard which, in Photoshop, represents transparency. Instead you will see white, black, or any shade of gray.
Where it might seem confusing is that the result of the mask is to show or hide the contents of the layer – in essence, hiding/revealing varying levels of transparency. But this is achieved by painting with shades of gray in the mask, not transparency.
Click here (2014 Favorite Layer Shortcuts) to download a compilation of some of the Layer shortcuts that I am going to share today in my compositing course at ADIM. Of course this isn’t a complete list, so feel free to search the blog for more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Join me today, Wednesday February 26th, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Advanced Photoshop Layer Tips” during Photoshop Week. Then, stay tuned because from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, I’ll be covering all sorts of tips and techniques to help speed up your workflow “Automating Camera Raw” in Photoshop. The best news, is that all of the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
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What makes a good composite?
Refining your story
Composing using the basic principles of design
Customizing your Photoshop workspace
Preparing elements from your source images
Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
Mastering the Pen tool
Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
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.
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.