Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers





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Published on Nov 7, 2012

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Julieanne Kost will show you some of the exciting features from Photoshop CS6 and camera raw. Click the show more button below this description for some tips from Julieanne as well!

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Here are some tips that should add some value for the people that were watching!

Renaming Layers in Photoshop CS6
When renaming layers in the Layers panel, double click the layer name to rename it. Then, without tapping the enter 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).

Working with Layers in Photoshop CS6
There are several new features in Photoshop CS6 which 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 all of the selected layer's Blend Mode at one time.
• 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.

Changing the Flow Opacity to 0% (zero) in Photoshop CS6
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.

More Powerful Layer Groups in Photoshop CS6
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).


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