Posts tagged "Layers"

May 3, 2012

Renaming Layers in Photoshop CS6

When renaming layers in the Layers panel, double-click the layer name to rename it. Then, without pressing the Enter/Return key to apply the new name, simply tap the Tab key to move to the layer below. This makes it much faster to rename a larger number of layers.

Shift + Tab moves to the layer above.

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May 2, 2012

Layer Search (Filters) in Photoshop CS6

The ability to search (filter) layers based on a variety of criteria has been added to the Layers panel in Photoshop CS6 which should make working with multi-layered documents much easier. Choose a “Filter Type” by clicking the drop down menu at the top left of the Layers panel and choose from Kind, Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute and/or Color. Then, use the corresponding options that appear to the right of the Filter Type to narrow down the search. The “light switch” to the right of the Filter options 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. Click an icon again to toggle if off.

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May 1, 2012

Updates Layer Effects/ Styles in Photoshop CS6

In case you didn’t watch the video in yesterday’s post, here are some of the changes made to the Layer Effects/Styles in Photoshop CS6:

• The menu order of the Layer Effects/Styles has changed. Although it might not be obvious at first, they are now in the order in which they are applied to the content in the layer. For example, the Drop Shadow effect is applied (or will be rendered) below all other Effects, the Bevel and Emboss will rendered on top of any other Effects. This should help when visualizing how several effects are going to be applied to the contents of a layer or group.

• Layer Effects/Styles can be applied to Groups. As you can see in the illustration below, the layers on the left have a Stroke effect applied to each layer individually. The layers on the right have the Stroke effect applied to the Group. Applying the Layer Effect/Style to the Group has a different result because the layers are all treated as one (as if they are flattened) before the Layer Effect/Style is applied to the Group.

• Option -click (Mac) | Alt (Win) -click the disclosure triangle on the Layers panel to the right of the “fx” icon to hide/reveal all Layer Effect/Styles in the document.

• Both the Gradient Overlay and Stroke Layer Effects have a “Dither” option. Note: to apply a dither on a Stroke, first change the Fill Type to Gradient.

• There is a new command (Layer > Rasterize > Layer Style) which renders the layer effect into the layer (think of it as merging or flattening the Layer Effect/Style  with the content of the layer).

• If any changes have been made in the Layer Style dialog under the Advanced Blending area, a new Blending Effects icon is displayed on the layer in the Layers panel.

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April 30, 2012

Video Tutorial – Julieanne’s Favorite Enhancements for Working with Layers in Photoshop CS6

In this video (Julieanne’s Favorite Enhancements for Working with Layers in Photoshop CS6), you’ll learn time-saving techniques to boost your productivity as Julieanne reveals essential enhancements that will improve the way you work with Layers, Groups, the new Properties panel, and much more!

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February 14, 2012

Open Several Photographs into a Single Photoshop Document

There are several ways  to open multiple photographs into a single Photoshop document:

• From Bridge – select multiple photographs and choose Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers.

• From Photoshop – select File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. Note: you can also choose to create a Smart Object out of the Stack – but this converts all layers into a single Smart Object, not each one individually.

• From Lightroom – select multiple photographs and choose Photo > Edit In > Open As Layers in Photoshop.

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October 28, 2011

Exporting Frames while Maintaining Transparency

Although there isn’t a way to export each frame out of Photoshop Extended as a PSD file AND have it keep the layers (with out using custom scripting), you can render video with Alpha Channel set to “Straight – Unmatted” which will give you transparency.

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October 25, 2011

Opening a Flattened (composite) Version of a Layered Photoshop File

When opening a file, holding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift will open a flattened version of a file (instead of a layered one) if the original layered file was saved with the Maximize Backwards compatibility preference turned on.

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August 25, 2011

Using Merge Visible Instead of Flattening Layers within Actions

If you need to create a flattened copy of your layers to use in an action (while leaving the underlying layers intact), while recording the action:

1) Create a new, blank layer at the top of the layer stack.

2) Use the shortcut Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Shift + E to “flatten” a copy of the layers onto the empty layer (that you just created at the top of the layer stack).

3) Although you will see “Merge Visible” as the recorded step in the action, you will also see the disclosure triangle to the left of the Merge Visible command. Click the triangle to reveal that using the shortcut to “Merge Visible” is different from using the menu item to  “Merge Visible” as the shortcut merges the visible layers on the new layer that you created in step 1 (as opposed to merging the visible layers into a single flattened layer).

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July 27, 2011

Video Tutorial – Posterizing Images with Control and Flexibility

In this Episode of The Complete Picture (Posterizing Images with Control and Flexibility) I will demonstrate how to reduce the color palette of an image to create a posterized effect with the most control and maximum flexibility possible.



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March 28, 2011

Color Coding Layers

In the Layers panel, Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click the eye icon for any layer  and select a color from the list. This can be very helpful when working with complex, multi-layers documents. Note, the Background layer can not be color coded. To convert the Background into a layer by selecting Layer > New > Layer From Background (or by double clicking on the word Background in the Layers panel).


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February 3, 2011

Video Tutorial – Using Color to Add Emotional Impact to a Photograph

In this Episode of the Complete Picture  (Using Color to Add Emotional Impact to a Photograph) Julieanne discusses how the addition of color as well as  supporting imagery can  help reinforce the mood and message of a composite image that a single photograph may fail to do on it’s own. Discover how to composite images through the use of masking, blend modes, smart objects, gradients and edge effects.

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November 19, 2010

Blending Multiple Layers as One

If you have multiple layers in a Layer Group, instead of setting each layer’s blend mode individually, try setting the blend mode for the Layer Group. This will treat all of the layers in the Group as if they were “merged” together, then blend them as one.


In the first example each individual layer has it’s blend mode is set to Multiply. In the second example, each individual layer has it’s blend mode is set to Normal, but the Layer Group is set to Multiply - as you can see the results are very different.

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November 18, 2010

Restricting the Effects of Adjustment Layers

A great way to ensure that a change you make to an image is only affecting the tonal (not color) values is to set the blend mode to Luminosity. For example, if you have an area in an image that is too dark and you want to lighten it without changing the colors, add a Curves Adjustment Layer and set the blend mode to Luminosity. Then raise or lower the curve as necessary – without affecting the color values. This can be especially helpful when dodging or burning skin-tones. If you want to affect the colors and not the tonal values, simply change the blend mode to color.

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November 17, 2010

Additional Uses for the Multiply Blend Mode

The Multiply blend mode is a good technique to combine line art with textured, alternate background. For example, if  you have an original pen and ink drawing, you can scan it in, place the layer on top of a new background or on top of different colors and then set it’s blend mode (on the layers palette) to Multiply to combine the images. I’ve even seen people apply “temporary” tattoos on photographs using this technique.


Here are a few examples of when I have found the Multiply Blend mode useful in my own work. Although none of the blended layers are "line art", they are all high contrast photographs with white backgrounds (or almost white) which blend easily. The first is a photograph taken in the Forbidden City in Beijing China composited with a motion blur image of the ocean, the second were bats flying in Austin, Texas right before sundown (composited over a second photo of the overpass), the third, a photograph of a target at a shooting range, multiplied with a paper texture with the Chicago skyline painted below, and the fourth a silhouette of trees in the fog in central California multiplied against a prison wall in New Mexico being lit by window light.

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November 16, 2010

The Pass Through Blend Mode

Layer Groups have a unique blend mode called Pass Through which is only visible when a Layer Group is targeted in the Layers panel.   It allows any adjustment layers, blend modes, advanced blending options, opacity and fill values applied to layers within a Group, to affect layers below the Group in the layers panel.  To restrict the blending of layers to only happen within a Group, change the Layer Group’s blend mode to Normal.


In this example, I added a Black and White Adjustment Layer to make the two layers - the hat and coat and tie, in the Layer Group to display a black and white. However, because the Layer Group’s blend mode was set to it’s default “Pass Through” blend mode, the Black and White Adjustment layer passed through the bottom of the Layer Group and affected the Background layer as well. Changing the Layer Group’s blend mode to “Normal” restricted the Black and White Adjustment Layer to only affect those layers within the Layer Group - allowing the Background layer to appear in color.

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