In Photoshop CS6, not only can you use a Layer Group as the bottom of a Clipping Mask (so that you can clip the contents of a layer(s) to the contents of an entire group) but you can also add Layer Effects/Styles to a Layer Group to have the style applied to all of the layers in the Group (as a single unit).
Posts tagged "Layers"
• There is a new badge for shape layers in the Layers panel (Shape layers are no longer represented by a Fill layer with a vector mask).
• Although the Shape Layer icon (badge) has changed, you can still double-click the shape layer icon to change the color of the shape’s fill.
• Because shapes are often very small in relation to the entire image, the Layers panel displays the contents of shape layers as large as possible in the Layer thumbnail – ignoring the relationship of the shape to the entire document (as other layers appear by default).
• Selecting a Shape layer in the Layers panel automatically displays the path in the image area (making it easier to quickly edit the shape).
• Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) hides the path.
• Clicking on a shape in the image area with the Path Selection tool will automatically select that layer in the Layers panel.
• If you delete all of the paths on a shape layer, the layer will automaticallly be deleted.
Take a tour of the new features and improved vector workflow in Photoshop CS6. In this video tutorial (Working with Shape Layers in Photoshop CS6), Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly add custom strokes and fills to Shape layers, combine shapes without rasterizing layers, and use new alignment options and Pixel Grid for better rendering.
Just as tapping 00 (zero-zero) in Photoshop CS6 will change the Opacity of a layer to 0%, adding the Shift key will change the Fill to 0%. Note: this shortcut works only if you have a tool selected that doesn’t have an Opacity or Flow setting – for example, the Move or Lasso tool. If you have a tool selected that does have an Opacity and Flow setting (like the Brush or Clone Stamp), then using the numeric keys changes the Tool options, not the Layers panel options.
There are several new features in Photoshop CS6 that make working with layers more efficient.
• In previous versions of Photoshop, we could select the Move tool (or the Marquee, Lasso, Quick Select etc. – basically any tool that didn’t have an Opacity setting), and use the numeric keys on the keyboard to change the opacity of a layer. Tapping one number assigns the percentage of the tapped number (1 = 10%, 2= 20% etc. and 0 = 100%). Tapping two numbers quickly will give you that exact amount (5 + 4 = 54%). In Photoshop CS6, tapping 0 + 0 quickly will set the Layer’s opacity to 0 (zero). This works with either a single layer or multiple layers selected.
• With multiple layers selected, you can now change the Blend Mode for all selected layers.
• If a layer is targeted (selected) in the Layers panel, but hidden (the eye is toggled off) the Opacity and Blend Mode are now visible.
• With multiple layers selected, you can now lock all selected layers by tapping the lock icon.
• With multiple layers selected, Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) will duplicate the selected layers. This shortcut works for Layer Groups as well.
• With Multiple layers selected, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on the eye icon in the Layers panel to change the color label of all selected layers at once.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).