October 26, 2015
To add a mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon in the Layers panel. Click once to add a layer mask and click again to add a vector mask (or you can Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the mask icon to add a vector mask).
To add a layer mask that automatically hides the content of the layer (or the selection), as opposed to revealing it as it does by default, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the icon.
Use Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) to invert a layer mask, or click the Invert button on the Properties panel!
September 24, 2015
• Command + “,” (comma) (Mac) | Control + “,” (comma) (Win) toggles the visibility of the currently selected layer(s).
• Command + Option + “,” (comma) (Mac) | Control + Alt + “,” (comma) (Win) shows all layers (regardless of which layers are selected).
• Option -click (Mac) | Alt-click (Win) on the eye icon in the Layers panel to toggle visibility of all other layers. To make all layers visible (as opposed to only those that were previously visible), Control-click (Mac) / right-click (Win) the eye icon on the Layers panel and select “Show/Hide all other layers”
September 8, 2015
Learn how to swap heads in a family portrait in my free video (Swapping Heads in a Family Portrait in Photoshop) from Lynda.com.
September 4, 2015
See how easy it is to use blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect in Photoshop in my free video (Using Blend Modes to Emulate an Image Transfer Effect in Photoshop) from Lynda.com
September 3, 2015
Discover how to Select Soft Edge Objects using the Refine Edge feature in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com.
September 1, 2015
Discover how to “Quickly Blend Two Images Together Using Layer Masks in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com
June 25, 2015
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne reveals her Lightroom to Photoshop workflow used to create the still life “Cyclical”.
June 12, 2015
In this Episode of the Complete Picture I demonstrate some basic compositing techniques in Photoshop, used to illustrate the feeling and mood of Iceland. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how easy it is to combine multiple images together using Layers, masking, blend modes, and transparency in Photoshop.
March 23, 2015
Discover the difference between duplicating a Smart Object using the Layers panel to create multiple instances of a layer and creating a copy of a Smart Object using the application menu for independent editing.
March 10, 2015
To select multiple layers from the Layers panel, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click to the right of the layer or mask thumbnail (in the name area) on multiple layers. (Shift -click to select a range of contiguous layers in the Layers panel.)
When multiple layers are selected, commands will be applied to all layers when possible (this includes, moving, transforming, aligning, distributing, applying styles, etc.). In fact, 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 layers. Not only does this help to show which layers are selected, but can also be used to quickly transform multiple layers without having to use the Free Transform command.
March 2, 2015
• Command + E (Mac) | Control + E (Win) will merge the selected layer with the layer below and /or Command + E (Mac) | Control + E (Win) will merge the selected layers when multiple layers are selected.
The three selected layers are merged into a single layer.
• Command + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Shift + E (Win) will merge visible layers.
The top two Layers aren’t merged because they are hidden.
• Command + Option + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + E (Win) creates a new layer and pastes a “flattened” version of the selected layers on it (the key to this shortcut is that you have to have multiple layers selected)!
A flattened copy of the two selected layers are merged onto a new layer.
• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) creates a new layer and pasted a “flattened” version of all (visible) layers on it.
A flattened copy of all visible layers is merged onto a new layer (regardless of what layer(s) is selected).
February 27, 2015
Option + Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift + F (Win) will toggle on “Layer Search” (in the Layers panel), and automatically select Filter By Name. This is very convenient if you know the name of the layer that you are looking for.
The Layers panel has additional criteria on which it can filter including Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute, Color, Smart Object and Selected. Choose the criteria and narrow it down using the additional options that appear to the right. The “light switch” to the right of the Filter options toggles the filtering on and off.
On the left, the Filter is set to only display visible layers. On the right, clicking the “light switch” toggles the filtering on and off.
Note: when filtering by Kind, you can click on more than one icon at a time in order to narrow down the search.
February 26, 2015
Using the Move tool with “Smart Guides” and “Snap” enabled (View > Show > Smart Guides and View > Snap), makes it easy to reposition a layer in the center of the canvas.
If, however, you have a very complex document with a number of overlapping layers near the center of the image, it can be difficult to “Snap” to the correct location. When this is the case, don’t forget that you can quickly Select > All (Command + A (Mac) | Control + A (Win) and, with the Move tool chosen, click the “Align Vertical Centers” and “Align Horizontal Centers” icons in the Options bar.
February 20, 2015
To load the contents of any layer as a selection based on the opacity of pixels in the layer:
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click on the layer thumbnail on the Layer’s panel.
• Command + Shift (Mac) / Control + Shift (Win) to add additional layers to the selection.
• Option + Command (Mac) / Alt + Control (Win) to subtract additional layers from the selection.
• Option + Command + Shift (Mac) / Alt + Control + Shift (Win) to create the intersection of multiple layers.
February 5, 2015
You can customize the preview settings for your Layer thumbnails by selecting Panel Options from the Layers panel fly-out. These settings can make it far easier to see the contents of a layer – especially when viewing on screens that have limited screen area.
• Select a desired Thumbnail Size. Note: if your image is significantly wider than it is high, selecting the smaller thumbnail sizes might display the generic icon for Adjustment layers.
• Under Change Thumbnail Contents, select “Layer Bounds” to display a preview image of only the area in the layer that contains content.
With the Thumbnail content set to Layer Bounds, we see the shells as large as possible within the thumbnail area.
Select “Entire Document” to display the layer content in relationship to the entire document.
With the Thumbnail Content set to Entire Document, we see the location of the shells in relationship to the entire canvas.
• Use Default Masks on Fill Layers will automatically add layer masks to Fill layers.
• Expand New Effects displays the contents of layer styles when applied.
• Add “copy” to Copied Layers and Groups will add the word copy to the layer name when duplicating layers in the Layers panel.