Adobe® Photoshop® CC Classroom in a Book® (2014 release)

Adobe® Photoshop® CC, the benchmark for digital imaging excellence, provides
strong performance, powerful image editing features, and an intuitive interface.
Adobe Camera Raw, included with Photoshop CC, offers flexibility and control
as you work with raw images as well as TIFF and JPEG images. Photoshop CC
gives you the digital-editing tools you need to transform images more easily
than ever before.
About Classroom in a Book
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book® (2014 release) is part of the official
training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software, developed with the
support of Adobe product experts. The lessons are designed to let you learn
at your own pace. If you’re new to Adobe Photoshop, you’ll learn the funda mental concepts and features you’ll need to master the program. And if you’ve
been using Adobe Photoshop for a while, you’ll find that Classroom in a Book
teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the lat est version of the application and preparing images for the web.
Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific
project, there’s room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow
the book from start to finish, or do only the lessons that match your interests
and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what
you’ve covered.
What’s new in this edition
This edition covers new features in Adobe Photoshop CC, such as Adobe Generator,
which quickly and easily generates image files from layers and layer groups; 3D
printing, which lets you bring the 3D objects you design to reality; and Perspective
Warp, which lets you adjust the perspective of a shot after it’s taken or merge two
images shot from different perspectives. In addition, these lessons introduce you
to linked Smart Objects, new motion blurs in the Blur Gallery, easier ways to find
the right font for your project, how to upload your work to share on your Behance
portfolio, and more.
This edition is also chock-full of extra information on Photoshop features and how
to work effectively with this robust application. You’ll learn best practices for orga nizing, managing, and showcasing your photos, as well as how to optimize images
for the web. And throughout this edition, look for tips and techniques from one of
Adobe’s own experts, Photoshop evangelist Julieanne Kost.
Before you begin to use Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release),
you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system.
Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and com mands, and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these tech niques, see the documentation included with your Microsoft® Windows® or Apple®
Mac® OS X documentation.
To complete the lessons in this book, you’ll need to have both Adobe Photoshop CC
(2014 release) and Adobe Bridge CC installed.
Installing Adobe Photoshop
and Adobe Bridge
Before you begin using Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release),
make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you’ve installed the required
software and hardware. You must license the Adobe Photoshop CC software
separately. For system requirements and complete instructions on installing the
software, visit Note that some Photoshop CC features,
including all 3D features, require a video card that supports OpenGL 2.0 and that
has at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM.
Many of the lessons in this book use Adobe Bridge. Photoshop and Bridge use
separate installers. You must install these applications from Adobe Creative Cloud
( onto your hard disk. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Starting Adobe Photoshop
You start Photoshop just as you do most software applications.
To start Adobe Photoshop in Windows: Choose Start > All Programs >
Adobe Photoshop CC.
To start Adobe Photoshop in Mac OS: Open the Applications/Adobe Photoshop
CC folder, and double-click the Adobe Photoshop program icon.
Accessing the Classroom in a Book files
In order to work through the projects in this book, you will need to download the
lesson files from You can download the files for individual lessons,
or download them all in a single file.
Your Account page is also where you’ll find any updates to the chapters or to the lesson
files. Look on the Lesson & Update Files tab to access the most current content.
To access the Classroom in a Book files, do the following:
쎲 Note: As you
complete each lesson,
you will preserve the
start files. In case you
overwrite them, you can
restore the original files
by downloading the
corresponding lesson
files from your Account
page at
1 On a desktop or laptop computer, go to, and enter
the code found at the back of your book.
2 If you do not have a account, create one when you’re prompted
to do so.
3 Click the Lesson & Update Files tab on your Account page. This tab lists
downloadable files.
4 Click the lesson file links to download them to your computer.
5 Create a new folder on your hard disk, and name it Lessons. Then, drag the
lesson files you downloaded into the Lessons folder on your hard disk.
Restoring default preferences
The preferences file stores information about panel and command settings. Each
time you quit Adobe Photoshop, the positions of the panels and certain command
settings are recorded in the preferences file. Any selections you make in the
Preferences dialog box are also saved in the preferences file.
To ensure that what you see onscreen matches the images and instructions in this
book, you should restore the default preferences as you begin each lesson. If you
prefer to preserve your preferences, be aware that the tools, panels, and other settings
in Photoshop CC may not match those described in this book.
If you have custom-calibrated your monitor, save the calibration settings before you
start work in this book. To save your monitor-calibration settings, follow the simple
procedure described on the next page.
To save your current color settings:
1 Start Adobe Photoshop.
2 Choose Edit > Color Settings.
3 Note what is selected in the Settings menu:
• If it is anything other than Custom, write down the name of the settings file,
and click OK to close the dialog box. You do not need to perform steps 4–6
of this procedure.
• If Custom is selected in the Settings menu, click Save ( not OK).
The Save dialog box opens. The default location is the Settings folder, which is where
you want to save your file. The default file extension is .csf (color settings file).
4 In the File Name field (Windows) or Save As field (Mac OS), type a descriptive
name for your color settings, preserving the .csf file extension. Then click Save.
5 In the Color Settings Comment dialog box, type any descriptive text that will
help you identify the color settings later, such as the date, specific settings,
or your workgroup.
6 Click OK to close the Color Settings Comment dialog box, and again to close
the Color Settings dialog box.
To restore your color settings:
1 Start Adobe Photoshop.
2 Choose Edit > Color Settings.
3 In the Settings menu in the Color Settings dialog box, select the settings file
you noted or saved in the previous procedure, and click OK.
Additional resources
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release) is not meant to replace
documentation that comes with the program or to be a comprehensive reference
for every feature. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained
in this book. For comprehensive information about program features and tutorials,
refer to these resources:
Adobe Photoshop Help and Support: is where
you can find and browse Help and Support content on
Adobe Creative Cloud Learn:
provides inspiration, key techniques, cross-product workflows, and updates on
new features.
Adobe Forums: lets you tap into peer-to-peer discussions,
questions, and answers on Adobe products .
Adobe TV: is an online video resource for expert instruction and
inspiration about Adobe products, including a How To channel to get you started
with your product.
Resources for educators: and offer
a treasure trove of information for instructors who teach classes on Adobe software.
Find solutions for education at all levels, including free curricula that use an inte grated approach to teaching Adobe software and can be used to prepare
for the Adobe Certified Associate exams.
Also check out these useful links:
Adobe Add-ons: is a central resource for finding
tools, services, extensions, code samples, and more to supplement and extend your
Adobe products.
Adobe Photoshop CC product home page:
Adobe Authorized Training Centers
Adobe Authorized Training Centers offer instructor-led courses and training on
Adobe products. A directory of AATCs is available at
Lesson overview
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to do the following:
• Organize artwork on layers.
• Create, view, hide, and select layers.
• Rearrange layers to change the stacking order of artwork.
• Apply blending modes to layers.
• Resize and rotate layers.
• Apply a gradient to a layer.
• Apply a filter to a layer.
• Add text and layer effects to a layer.
• Add an adjustment layer.
• Save a copy of the file with the layers flattened.
This lesson will take less than an hour to complete. Download the Lesson04
project files from the Lesson & Update Files tab on your Account page at, if you haven’t already done so. As you work on this
lesson, you’ll preserve the start files. If you need to restore the start files,
download them from your Account page.
Pineapple and flower photography © Image Source,
In Photoshop, you can isolate different parts of an
image on layers. Each layer can then be edited as
discrete artwork, giving you tremendous flexibility
as you compose and revise an image.
About layers
Every Photoshop file contains one or more layers. New files are generally created
with a background layer, which contains a color or an image that shows through
the transparent areas of subsequent layers. All new layers in an image are transparent
until you add text or artwork (pixel values).
Working with layers is analogous to placing portions of a drawing on clear sheets
of film, such as those viewed with an overhead projector: Individual sheets may
be edited, repositioned, and deleted without affecting the other sheets. When
the sheets are stacked, the entire composition is visible.
Getting started
You’ll start the lesson by viewing an image of the final composition.
1 Start Photoshop, and then immediately hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows)
or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See
“Restoring default preferences” on page 4.)
2 When prompted, click Yes to delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file.
쎲 Note: If Bridge isn’t
3 Choose File > Browse In Bridge to open Adobe Bridge.
installed, you’ll be
prompted to install it.
For more information,
see page 3.
4 In the Favorites panel, click the Lessons folder. Then double-click the Lesson04
folder in the Content panel to see its contents.
5 Study the 04End.psd file. Move the thumbnail slider to the right if you want
to see the image in more detail.
This layered composite represents a postcard. You will create it in this lesson as you
learn how to create, edit, and manage layers.
6 Double-click the 04Start.psd file to open it in Photoshop.
7 Choose File > Save As, rename the file 04Working.psd, and click Save. Click OK
if you see the Photoshop Format Options dialog box.
Saving another version of the start file frees you to make changes without worrying
about overwriting the original.
Layer Basics
Using the Layers panel
The Layers panel lists all the layers in an image, displaying the layer names and
thumbnails of the content on each layer. You can use the Layers panel to hide,
view, reposition, delete, rename, and merge layers. The layer thumbnails are
automatically updated as you edit the layers.
1 If the Layers panel is not visible in the work area, choose Window > Layers.
The Layers panel lists five layers for the 04Working.psd file (from top to bottom):
Postage, HAWAII, Flower, Pineapple, and Background.
2 Select the Background layer to make it active (if it’s not already selected).
Notice the layer thumbnail and the icons shown for the Background layer:
• The lock icon ( ) indicates that the layer is protected.
• The eye icon ( ) indicates that the layer is visible in the image window.
If you click the eye, the image window no longer displays that layer.
왘 Tip: Use the context
menu to hide or resize
the layer thumbnail.
Right-click (Windows)
or Control-click
(Mac OS) a thumbnail
in the Layers panel to
open the context menu,
and then choose a
thumbnail size.
The first task for this project is to add a photo of the beach to the postcard. First,
you’ll open the beach image in Photoshop.
3 In Photoshop, choose File > Open, navigate to the Lesson04 folder, and then doubleclick the Beach.psd file to open it in Photoshop.
The Layers panel changes to display the layer information for the active
Beach.psd file. Notice that only one layer appears in the Beach.psd image:
Layer 1, not Background. (For more information, see the sidebar “About the
background layer.”)
About the background layer
When you create a new image with a white or colored background, the
bottom layer in the Layers panel is named Background. An image can have only
one background layer. You cannot change the stacking order of a background
layer, its blending mode, or its opacity. You can, however, convert a background
layer to a regular layer.
When you create a new image with transparent content, the image doesn’t have a
background layer. The bottom layer isn’t constrained like the background layer; you
can move it anywhere in the Layers panel, and change its opacity and blending mode.
To convert a background layer into a regular layer:
Click the lock icon next to the layer name.
Rename the layer.
To convert a regular layer into a background layer:
Layer Basics
Select a layer in the Layers panel.
Choose Layer > New > Background From Layer.
Renaming and copying a layer
To add content to an image and simultaneously create a new layer for it, drag an
object or layer from one file into the image window of another file. Whether you
drag from the image window of the original file or from its Layers panel, only the
active layer is reproduced in the destination file.
You’ll drag the Beach.psd image onto the 04Working.psd file. Before you begin,
make sure that both the 04Working.psd and Beach.psd files are open, and that
the Beach.psd file is selected.
First, you’ll give Layer 1 a more descriptive name.
1 In the Layers panel, double-click the name Layer 1, type Beach, and then
press Enter or Return. Keep the layer selected.
2 Choose Window > Arrange > 2-Up Vertical. Photoshop displays both of the open
image files. Select the Beach.psd image so that it is the active file.
3 Select the Move tool ( ), and use it to drag the Beach.psd image onto the
04Working.psd image window.
왘 Tip: If you hold
down Shift as you
drag an image from
one file into another,
the dragged image
automatically centers
itself in the target
image window.
The Beach layer now appears in the 04Working.psd file image window and its
Layers panel, between the Background and Pineapple layers. Photoshop always
adds new layers directly above the selected layer; you selected the Background
layer earlier.
4 Close the Beach.psd file without saving changes to it.
Viewing individual layers
The 04Working.psd file now contains six layers. Some of the layers are visible and
some are hidden. The eye icon ( ) next to a layer thumbnail in the Layers panel
indicates that the layer is visible.
1 Click the eye icon ( ) next to the Pineapple layer to hide the image of the pineapple.
Layer Basics
You can hide or show a layer by clicking this icon or clicking in its column—
also called the Show/Hide Visibility column.
2 Click again in the Show/Hide Visibility column to display the pineapple.
Adding a border to a layer
Now you’ll add a white border around the Beach layer to create the impression
that it’s an old photograph.
1 Select the Beach layer. (To select the layer, click the layer name in the Layers panel.)
The layer is highlighted, indicating that it is active. Changes you make in the image
window affect the active layer.
2 To make the opaque areas on this layer more obvious, hide all layers except the
Beach layer: Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you click the eye icon ( )
next to the Beach layer.
The white background and other objects in the image disappear, leaving only the
beach image against a checkerboard background. The checkerboard indicates
transparent areas of the active layer.
3 Choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke.
The Layer Style dialog box opens. Now you’ll select the options for the white stroke
around the beach image.
4 Specify the following settings:
• Size: 5 px
• Position: Inside
• Blend Mode: Normal
• Opacity: 100%
• Color: White (Click the Color box, and select white in the Color Picker.)
5 Click OK. A white border appears around the beach photo.
Rearranging layers
The order in which the layers of an image are organized is called the stacking order.
The stacking order determines how the image is viewed—you can change the order
to make certain parts of the image appear in front of or behind other layers.
You’ll rearrange the layers so that the beach image is in front of another image that
is currently hidden in the file.
Layer Basics
1 Make the Postage, HAWAII, Flower, Pineapple, and Background layers visible
by clicking the Show/Hide Visibility column next to their layer names.
The beach image is almost entirely blocked by images on other layers.
2 In the Layers panel, drag the Beach layer up so that it is positioned between
the Pineapple and Flower layers—when you’ve positioned it correctly, you’ll see
a thick line between the layers in the panel—and then release the mouse button.
왘 Tip: You can also
The Beach layer moves up one level in the stacking order, and the beach image
appears on top of the pineapple and background images, but under the postage,
flower, and the word “HAWAII.”
control the stacking
order of layered images
by selecting them
in the Layers panel
and choosing Layer >
Arrange, and then
choosing Bring To
Front, Bring Forward,
Send To Back, or Send
Changing the opacity of a layer
You can reduce the opacity of any layer to reveal the layers below it. In this case,
the postmark is too dark on the flower. You’ll edit the opacity of the Postage layer
to let the flower and other images show through.
1 Select the Postage layer, and then click the arrow next to the Opacity field
to display the Opacity slider. Drag the slider to 25%. You can also type 25
in the Opacity box or scrub the Opacity label.
The Postage layer becomes partially transparent, so you can see the other layers
underneath. Notice that the change in opacity affects only the image area of the
Postage layer. The Pineapple, Beach, Flower, and HAWAII layers remain opaque.
2 Choose File > Save to save your work.
Duplicating a layer and changing the blending mode
You can apply different blending modes to a layer. Blending modes affect how the
color pixels on one layer blend with pixels on the layers underneath. First you’ll use
blending modes to increase the intensity of the image on the Pineapple layer so that
it doesn’t look so dull. Then you’ll change the blending mode on the Postage layer.
(Currently, the blending mode for both layers is Normal.)
1 Click the eye icons next to the HAWAII, Flower, and Beach layers to hide them.
2 Right-click or Control-click the Pineapple layer, and choose Duplicate Layer
from the context menu. (Make sure you click the layer name, not its thumbnail,
or you’ll see the wrong context menu.) Click OK in the Duplicate Layer dialog box.
A layer called “Pineapple copy” appears above the Pineapple layer in the Layers panel.
Layer Basics
Blending modes
Blending modes affect how the color pixels on one layer blend with pixels on the layers beneath
them. The default blending mode, Normal, hides pixels beneath the top layer unless the top layer
is partially or completely transparent. Each of the other blending modes let you control the way
the pixels in the layers interact with each other.
Often, the best way to see how a blending mode affects your image is simply to try it. You can easily
experiment with different blending modes in the Layers panel, applying one after another to compare
the effects. As you begin experimenting, keep in mind how different groups of blending modes affect
an image. Generally, if you want to:
Darken your image, try Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, or Linear Burn.
Lighten your image, try Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, or Linear Dodge.
Increase the contrast in the image, try Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light,
Pin Light, or Hard Mix.
Change the actual color values of the image, try Hue, Saturation, Color, or Luminosity.
Create an inversion effect, try Difference or Exclusion.
The following blending modes often come in handy, and can be a good place to start your
Multiply does just what the
name implies: it multiplies the
color in the underlying colors
with the color in the top layer.
Lighten replaces pixels in
the underlying layers with
those in the top layer
whenever the pixels in the
top layer are lighter.
Overlay multiplies either
the colors or the inverse of
the colors, depending on the
colors in the underlying layers.
Patterns or colors overlay the
existing pixels while preserving
the highlights and shadows of
the underlying layers.
Luminosity replaces only the luminance of the underlying colors with that of the top layer.
Difference subtracts darker colors from lighter ones.
3 With the Pineapple copy layer selected, choose Overlay from the Blending
Modes menu in the Layers panel.
The Overlay blending mode blends the Pineapple copy layer with the Pineapple
layer beneath it to create a vibrant, more colorful pineapple with deeper shadows
and brighter highlights.
4 Select the Postage layer, and choose Multiply from the Blending Modes menu.
The Multiply blending mode multiplies the colors in the underlying layers with
the color in the top layer. In this case, the postmark becomes a little stronger.
5 Choose File > Save to save your work.
Resizing and rotating layers
You can resize and transform layers.
1 Click the Visibility column on the Beach layer to make the layer visible.
2 Select the Beach layer in the Layers panel, and choose Edit > Free Transform.
A Transform bounding box appears around the beach image. The bounding box
has handles on each corner and each side.
Layer Basics
First, you’ll resize and angle the layer.
3 Press Shift as you drag a corner handle inward to scale the beach photo down
by about 50%. (Watch the Width and Height percentages in the options bar.)
4 With the bounding box still active, position the pointer just outside one of the
corner handles until it becomes a curved double arrow. Drag clockwise to rotate
the beach image approximately 15 degrees. You can also enter 15 in the Set
Rotation box in the options bar.
5 Click the Commit Transform button ( ) in the options bar.
6 Make the Flower layer visible. Then, select the Move tool ( ), and drag
the beach photo so that its corner is tucked neatly beneath the flower,
as in the illustration.
7 Choose File > Save.
Using a filter to create artwork
Next, you’ll create a new layer with no artwork on it. (Adding empty layers to a file is
comparable to adding blank sheets of film to a stack of images.) You’ll use this layer
to add realistic-looking clouds to the sky with a Photoshop filter.
1 In the Layers panel, select the Background layer to make it active, and then click
the Create A New Layer button ( ) at the bottom of the Layers panel.
쎲 Note: You can also
create a new layer by
choosing Layer >
New > Layer, or by
choosing New Layer
from the Layers
panel menu.
A new layer, named Layer 1, appears between the Background and Pineapple layers.
The layer has no content, so it has no effect on the image.
2 Double-click the name Layer 1, type Clouds, and press Enter or Return to rename
the layer.
3 In the Tools panel, click the foreground color swatch, select a sky blue
color from the Color Picker, and click OK. We selected a color with
the following values: R=48, G=138, B=174. The Background Color
remains white.
4 With the Clouds layer still active, choose Filter > Render > Clouds.
Realistic-looking clouds appear behind the image.
5 Choose File > Save.
Layer Basics
Dragging to add a new layer
You can add a layer to an image by dragging an image file from the desktop, Bridge,
or Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS). You’ll add another flower to the
postcard now.
1 If Photoshop fills your monitor, reduce the size of the Photoshop window:
• In Windows, click the Restore button ( ) in the upper right corner,
and then drag the lower right corner of the Photoshop window to make
it smaller.
• In Mac OS, click the green Maximize/Restore button ( ) in the upper left
corner of the image window.
2 In Photoshop, select the Pineapple copy layer in the Layers panel to make it the
active layer.
3 In Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS), navigate to the Lessons
folder you downloaded from the website. Then navigate to the
Lesson04 folder.
4 Select Flower2.psd, and drag it from Explorer or the Finder onto your image.
The Flower2 layer appears in the Layers panel, directly above the Pineapple copy
layer. Photoshop places the image as a Smart Object, which is a layer you can
edit without making permanent changes. You’ll work more extensively with Smart
Objects in Lesson 8.
5 Position the Flower2 layer in the lower left corner of the postcard, so that about
half of the top flower is visible.
6 Click the Commit Transform button ( ) in the options bar to accept the layer.
Adding text
Now you’re ready to create some type using the Horizontal Type tool, which places
the text on its own type layer. You’ll then edit the text and apply a special effect.
1 Make the HAWAII layer visible. You’ll add text just below this layer, and apply
special effects to both layers.
2 Choose Select > Deselect Layers, so that no layers are selected.
3 In the Tools panel, select the Horizontal Type tool ( ). Then, choose Window >
Character to open the Character panel. Do the following in the Character panel:
• Select a serif font (we used Birch Std; if you use a different font, adjust other
settings accordingly).
• Select a font style (we used Regular).
• Select a large font size (we used 36 points).
• Select a large tracking value ( ) (we used 250).
• Click the color swatch, select a shade of
grassy green in the Color Picker, and click
OK to close the Color Picker.
• Click the Faux Bold button ( ).
• Click the All Caps button ( ).
• Select Crisp from the Anti-aliasing menu ( ).
Layer Basics
4 Click just below the “H” in the word “HAWAII,” and type Island Paradise.
Then click the Commit Any Current Edits button ( ) in the options bar.
The Layers panel now includes a layer named Island Paradise with a “T” thumbnail,
indicating that it is a type layer. This layer is at the top of the layer stack.
쎲 Note: If you make a
mistake when you click
to set the type, simply
click away from the type
and repeat step 4.
The text appears where you clicked, which probably isn’t exactly where you want
it to be positioned.
5 Select the Move tool ( ), and drag the “Island Paradise” text so that it is centered
below “HAWAII.”
Applying a gradient to a layer
You can apply a color gradient to all or part of a layer. In this example, you’ll apply
a gradient to the word “HAWAII” to make it more colorful. First you’ll select the
letters, and then you’ll apply the gradient.
1 Select the HAWAII layer in the Layers panel to make it active.
쎲 Note: Make sure you
click the thumbnail,
rather than the layer
name, or you’ll see the
wrong context menu.
쎲 Note: Though the
layer contains the word
“HAWAII,” it is not a
type layer. The text has
been rasterized.
2 Right-click or Control-click the thumbnail in the HAWAII layer, and choose
Select Pixels.
Everything on the HAWAII layer (the white lettering) is selected. Now that you’ve
selected the area to fill, you’ll apply a gradient.
3 In the Tools panel, select the Gradient tool ( ).
4 Click the Foreground Color swatch in the Tools panel, select a bright shade
of orange in the Color Picker, and click OK. The Background Color should
still be white.
5 In the options bar, make sure that Linear Gradient ( ) is selected.
왘 Tip: To list the
gradient options by
name rather than
by sample, click the
menu button in the
gradient picker, and
choose either Small
List or Large List. Or,
hover the pointer over
a thumbnail until a tool
tip appears, showing
the gradient name.
6 In the options bar, click the arrow
next to the Gradient Editor box to
open the Gradient Picker. Select the
Foreground To Background swatch
(it’s the first one), and then click
anywhere outside the gradient picker
to close it.
7 With the selection still active, drag
the Gradient tool from the bottom
to the top of the letters. If you want
to be sure you drag straight up, press
the Shift key as you drag.
The gradient extends across the type, starting with orange at the bottom and
gradually blending to white at the top.
8 Choose Select > Deselect to deselect the HAWAII type.
9 Save the work you’ve done so far.
Layer Basics
Applying a layer style
You can enhance a layer by adding a shadow, stroke, satin sheen, or other special
effect from a collection of automated and editable layer styles. These styles are easy
to apply, and they link directly to the layer you specify.
Like layers, layer styles can be hidden by clicking eye icons ( ) in the Layers panel.
Layer styles are nondestructive, so you can edit or remove them at any time. You
can apply a copy of a layer style to a different layer by dragging the effect onto the
destination layer.
Earlier, you used a layer style to add a stroke to the beach photo. Now, you’ll add
drop shadows to the text to make it stand out.
1 Select the Island Paradise layer, and then choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.
왘 Tip: You can also
2 In the Layer Style dialog box, make sure that the Preview option is selected,
and then, if necessary, move the dialog box so that you can see the Island
Paradise text in the image window.
open the Layer Style
dialog box by clicking
the Add A Layer Style
button at the bottom
of the Layers panel and
then choosing a layer
style, such as Bevel
And Emboss, from
the pop-up menu.
3 In the Structure area, select Use Global Light, and then specify the following
• Blend Mode: Multiply
• Opacity: 75%
• Angle: 78 degrees
• Distance: 5 px
• Spread: 30%
• Size: 10 px
When Use Global Light is selected, one “master” lighting angle is available in all the
layer effects that use shading. If you set a lighting angle in one of these effects, every
other effect with Use Global Light selected inherits the same angle setting.
Angle determines the lighting angle at which the effect is applied to the layer. Distance
determines the offset distance for a shadow or satin effect. Spread determines how gradually the shadow fades toward the edges. Size determines how far the shadow extends.
Photoshop adds a drop shadow to the “Island Paradise” text in the image.
Click OK to accept the settings and close the Layer Style dialog box.
Photoshop nests the layer style in the Island Paradise layer. First it lists Effects, and
then the layer styles applied to the layer. An eye icon ( ) appears next to the effect
category and next to each effect. To turn off an effect, click its eye icon. Click the
visibility column again to restore the effect. To hide all layer styles, click the eye icon
next to Effects. To collapse the list of effects, click the arrow next to the layer.
5 Make sure that eye icons appear for both items nested in the Island Paradise layer.
6 Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and drag the Effects line or the
fx symbol ( ) onto the HAWAII layer.
The Drop Shadow layer style is applied to the HAWAII layer, copying the settings
you applied to the Island Paradise layer. Now you’ll add a green stroke around the
word HAWAII.
Layer Basics
Julieanne Kost is an official Adobe Photoshop evangelist.
Tool tips from the Photoshop
Blending effects
Blending layers in a different order or on different groups changes the effect. You
can apply a blending mode to an entire layer group and get a very different result
than if you apply the same blending mode to each of the layers individually. When
a blending mode is applied to a group, Photoshop treats the group as a single
merged object and then applies the blending mode. Experiment with blending
modes to get the effect you want.
7 Select the HAWAII layer in the Layers panel, click the Add A Layer Style
button ( ) at the bottom of the panel, and then choose Stroke from the
pop-up menu.
8 In the Structure area of the Layer Styles dialog box, specify the following
• Size: 4 px
• Position: Outside
• Blend Mode: Normal
• Opacity: 100%
• Color: Green (Select a shade that goes well with the one you used for the “Island
Paradise” text.)
9 Click OK to apply the stroke.
Now you’ll add a drop shadow and a satin sheen to the flower.
10 Select the Flower layer, and choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.
Then change the following settings in the Structure area:
• Opacity: 60%
• Distance: 13 px
Layer Basics
• Spread: 9%.
• Make sure Use Global Light is selected, and that the Blend Mode is Multiply.
Do not click OK.
11 With the Layer Style dialog box still open, click the word Satin on the left to
select it and display its options. Then make sure Invert is selected, and apply
the following settings:
• Color (next to Blend Mode): Fuchsia (choose a color that complements
the flower color)
쎲 Note: Be sure to click
the word Satin. If you
click only the check
box, Photoshop applies
the layer style with its
default settings but you
won’t see the options.
• Opacity: 20%
• Distance: 22 px
The Satin layer effect applies interior shading to create a satiny finish. The contour
controls the shape of the effect; Invert flips the contour curve.
12 Click OK to apply both layer styles.
Before applying layer styles
The flower with the drop shadow and
satin layer styles applied
Adding an adjustment layer
Adjustment layers can be added to an image to apply color and tonal adjustments
without permanently changing the pixel values in the image. For example, if you
add a Color Balance adjustment layer to an image, you can experiment with different colors repeatedly, because the change occurs only on the adjustment layer. If
you decide to return to the original pixel values, you can hide or delete the adjustment layer.
You’ve used adjustment layers in other lessons. Here, you’ll add a Hue/Saturation
adjustment layer to change the color of the purple flower. An adjustment layer
affects all layers below it in the image’s stacking order unless a selection is active
when you create it or you create a clipping mask.
1 Select the Flower2 layer in the Layers panel.
2 Click the Hue/Saturation icon in the Adjustments panel to add a Hue/Saturation
adjustment layer.
Layer Basics
3 In the Properties panel, apply the following settings:
• Hue: 43
• Saturation: 19
• Lightness: 0
The changes affect the Flower2, Pineapple Copy, Pineapple, Clouds, and Background
layers. The effect is interesting, but you only want to change the Flower2 layer.
4 Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the layer name on the Hue/
Saturation adjustment layer, and choose Create Clipping Mask.
쎲 Note: Be sure to click
the layer name, not the
thumbnail, to see the
appropriate context
An arrow appears in the Layers panel, indicating that the adjustment layer applies
only to the Flower2 layer. You’ll learn more about clipping masks in Lessons 6 and 7.
Updating layer effects
Layer effects are automatically updated when you make changes to a layer. You can
edit the text and watch how the layer effect tracks the change.
왘 Tip: You can search
for layers in the Layers
panel by layer type,
layer name, effect,
mode, attribute,
and color. You can
also display only the
selected layers: choose
Select > Isolate Layers,
or choose Selected from
the Kind menu in the
Layers panel to enter
Isolation mode.
쎲 Note: You don’t have
to click the Commit Any
Current Edits button
after making the text
edits, because selecting
the Move tool has the
same effect.
1 Select the Island Paradise layer in the Layers panel.
2 In the Tools panel, select the Horizontal Type tool ( ).
3 In the options bar, set the font size to 32 points, and press Enter or Return.
Although you didn’t select the text by dragging the Type tool (as you would have to
do in a word processing program), “Island Paradise” now appears in 32-point type.
4 Using the Horizontal Type tool, click between “Island” and “Paradise,” and type of.
As you edit the text, the layer styles are applied to the new text.
5 You don’t actually need the word “of,” so delete it.
6 Select the Move tool ( ), and drag “Island Paradise” to center it beneath
the word “HAWAII.”
When you add text, layer effects are
automatically applied.
Center the text beneath the word “Hawaii.”
7 Choose File > Save.
Adding a border
The Hawaii postcard is nearly done. The elements are almost all arranged correctly
in the composition. You’ll finish up by positioning the postmark and then adding
a white postcard border.
1 Select the Postage layer, and then use the Move tool ( ) to drag it to the middle
right of the image, as in the illustration.
Layer Basics
2 Select the Island Paradise layer in the Layers panel, and then click the Create
A New Layer button ( ) at the bottom of the panel.
3 Choose Select > All.
4 Choose Select > Modify > Border. In the Border Selection dialog box, type 10 pixels
for the Width, and click OK.
A 10-pixel border is selected around the entire image. Now, you’ll fill it with white.
5 Select white for the Foreground Color, and then choose Edit > Fill.
6 In the Fill dialog box, choose Foreground Color from the Use menu, and click OK.
7 Choose Select > Deselect.
8 Double-click the Layer 1 name in the Layers panel, and rename the layer Border.
Flattening and saving files
When you finish editing all the layers in your image, you can merge or flatten layers
to reduce the file size. Flattening combines all the layers into a single background
layer. However, you cannot edit layers once you’ve flattened them, so you shouldn’t
flatten an image until you are certain that you’re satisfied with all your design decisions. Rather than flattening your original PSD files, it’s a good idea to save a copy
of the file with its layers intact, in case you need to edit a layer later.
쎲 Note: If the sizes do
not appear in the status
bar, click the status bar
pop-up menu arrow,
and choose Show >
Document Sizes.
To appreciate what flattening does, notice the two numbers for the file size in the
status bar at the bottom of the image window. The first number represents what
the file size would be if you flattened the image. The second number represents the
file size without flattening. This lesson file, if flattened, would be 2–3MB, but the
current file is much larger. So flattening is well worth it in this case.
1 Select any tool but the Type tool ( ), to be sure that you’re not in text-editing
mode. Then choose File > Save (if it is available) to be sure that all your changes
have been saved in the file.
2 Choose Image > Duplicate.
3 In the Duplicate Image dialog box, name the file 04Flat.psd, and click OK.
4 Leave the 04Flat.psd file open, but close the 04Working.psd file.
5 Choose Flatten Image from the Layers panel menu.
Layer Basics
Only one layer, named Background, remains in the Layers panel.
6 Choose File > Save. Even though you chose Save rather than Save As, the Save
As dialog box appears.
7 Make sure the location is the Lessons/Lesson04 folder, and then click Save
to accept the default settings and save the flattened file.
You have saved two versions of the file: a one-layer, flattened copy as well as the
original file, in which all the layers remain intact.
You’ve created a colorful, attractive postcard. This lesson only begins to explore
the vast possibilities and the flexibility you gain when you master the art of using
Photoshop layers. You’ll get more experience and try out different techniques for
layers in almost every chapter as you move forward in this book.
왘 Tip: If you want to
flatten only some of the
layers in a file, click the
eye icons to hide
the layers you don’t
want to flatten, and
then choose Merge
Visible from the Layers
panel menu.
About layer comps
Layer comps provide one-click flexibility in switching between different views
of a multilayered image file. A layer comp is simply a definition of the settings
in the Layers panel. Once you’ve defined a layer comp, you can change as many
settings as you please in the Layers panel and then create another layer comp to
preserve that configuration of layer properties. Then, by switching from one layer
comp to another, you can quickly review the two designs. The beauty of layer
comps becomes apparent when you want to demonstrate a number of possible
design arrangements. When you’ve created a few layer comps, you can review the
design variations without having to tediously select and deselect eye icons
or change settings in the Layers panel.
Say, for example, that you are designing a brochure, and you’re producing a version
in English as well as in French. You might have the French text on one layer, and the
English text on another in the same image file. To create two different layer comps,
you would simply turn on visibility for the French layer and turn off visibility for the
English layer, and then click the Create New Layer Comp button on the Layer Comps
panel. Then you’d do the inverse—turn on visibility for the English layer and turn off
visibility for the French layer, and click the Create New Layer Comp button—
to create an English layer comp. To view the different layer comps, click the Apply
Layer Comp box for each comp in the Layer Comps panel in turn.
Layer comps can be an especially valuable feature when the design is in flux or
when you need to create multiple versions of the same image file. If some aspects
need to stay consistent among Layer Comps, you can change the visibility, position,
or appearance of one layer in a Layer Comp and then sync it to see that change
reflected in all the other Layer Comps.
Extra credit
Merging photos
Take the blinking and bad poses out of an otherwise great
family portrait with the Auto-Align Layers feature.
Open FamilyPhoto.psd in your Lesson04 folder.
In the Layers panel, turn Layer 2 on and off to see the two
similar photos. When both layers are visible, Layer 2 shows
the tall man in the center blinking, and the two girls in the
front looking away.
You’ll align the two photos, and then use the Eraser tool to
brush out the parts of the photo on Layer 2 that you want to
Make both layers visible, and Shift-click to select them.
Choose Edit > Auto-Align Layers; click OK to accept the
default Auto position. Toggle the eye icon next to Layer 2
off and on to see that the layers are perfectly aligned.
Now for the fun part! You’ll brush out the photo where you want to improve it.
Select the Eraser tool in the Tools panel, and pick a soft, 45-pixel brush in the options bar. Select
Layer 2, and start brushing in the center of the blinking man’s head to reveal the smiling face below.
Use the Eraser tool on the two girls looking away, revealing the image below, where they look
into the camera.
You’ve created a natural
family snapshot.
Layer Basics
Review questions
1 Review
What isuses
the advantage
Number List
of using layers?
2 When you create a new layer, where does it appear in the Layers panel stack?
3 How can you make artwork on one layer appear in front of artwork on another layer?
4 How can you apply a layer style?
5 When you’ve completed your artwork, what can you do to minimize the file size
without changing the quality or dimensions?
Review answers
1 Layers let you move and edit different parts of an image as discrete objects. You can
also hide individual layers as you work on other layers.
2 A new layer always appears immediately above the active layer.
3 You can make artwork on one layer appear in front of artwork on another layer by
dragging layers up or down the stacking order in the Layers panel, or by using the
Layer > Arrange subcommands—Bring To Front, Bring Forward, Send To Back, and
Send Backward. However, you can’t change the layer position of a background layer.
4 To apply a layer style, select the layer, and then click the Add A Layer Style button
in the Layers panel, or choose Layer > Layer Style > [style].
5 To minimize file size, you can flatten the image, which merges all the layers onto
a single background. It’s a good idea to duplicate image files with layers intact before
you flatten them, in case you have to make changes to a layer later.
3D Axis widget 347
3D features 344–355
3D layers 345
3D print settings 349
3D scenes
positioning elements in 348
printing 349
3D tools 345
batch-playing 310
playing 310
recording 305–310
stopping recording 309
action sets 306
Actions panel 305
Add Audio option 255
Add Layer Mask button 137
Add Media button 246
Add Noise filter 215
Add To Path Area option 182, 243
Adjustment Brush tool (Camera Raw) 293
adjustment layers 96–97
Black & White 50, 251
Brightness/Contrast 213
Channel Mixer 213
Curves 17, 108–109, 289
defined 17
Exposure 214
Hue/Saturation 96, 151
Levels 118, 150, 152, 280
using in video 250
Adobe Bridge
adding favorites 37
Favorites panel 37
installing 3
opening files in Camera Raw from 264
opening files in Photoshop from 36
Adobe Camera Raw
adjusting white balance in 266
Adjustment Brush tool 293
Basic panel 270
Detail panel 272
opening images in 264
Open Object button 277
saving files in 278
synchronizing settings across images 273
using as a filter 293–294
version 262
workflow 266
workspace 265
Adobe Generator 312–316
creating multiple assets per layer 314
parameters 316
Adobe Illustrator
Glyphs panel 170
importing Smart Objects from 191
importing text from 191–192
using Photoshop files in 190
Adobe Photoshop CC
installing 3
new features 2
resetting the default preferences
for 10
starting 3, 10
work area 10–31
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom
in a Book (2014 release) 1
accessing lesson files 3
prerequisites 2
Path Blur 112
Spin Blur 112
surface blur 290
Tilt-Shift 112
background layer 74
converting to a regular layer 76
erasing 79
overview 76
Background layer
converting to a regular layer 308
adding 79, 98
discarding 39
Bridge. See Adobe Bridge
barrel distortion, correcting 119
brightening an image 108–109, 118
Basic panel (in Camera Raw) 270
batch-playing actions 310
Brightness/Contrast adjustment
layer 213
Behance 339
bristle tips 222
Aligned option 47
Bevel & Emboss effect 192
Browse In Bridge command 36
aligning layers 102
bitmap images
overview 10, 178
vector graphics vs. 178–179
black and white, converting color
images in Photoshop 50
loading with color 229
presets 230
settings 223
Shape Dynamics options 235
black point 270
Brush panel 223
Black & White adjustment layer 50,
Brush Pose settings 235
blemishes, removing 44
Brush tool 20
setting options 143
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
alpha channels 136, 146
about 138, 149
anchor points 181, 184
position 252
text 248
anti-aliasing 62
application frame, in Mac OS 11
Apply Layer Comp box 101
arrow keys
nudging selections with 59–60
using the Shift key with 59
importing for video 245
resizing for video 248
adding to a video timeline 255
fading 256
muting 256–257
shortening clips 255
Blend Images Together option 115
blending colors with a photograph
blending modes
achieving different effects with
applying to layers 84
Color 208
Luminosity 218
Multiply 84
Overlay 84
overview 82
Bloat tool in the Liquify filter 207
Audio track 255
Blur Effects panel 113
Auto-Align Layers 102, 124
Blur Gallery 110–113
Auto Enhance option 56
caused by camera motion,
removing 132
Field Blur 112
Iris Blur 110–111, 212
automating tasks 305–311
axes, 3D 347
Brush Presets panel 231
creating in Photoshop 299–305
duplicating 304
calibration, monitor 333
camera lens flaws, correcting
Camera Raw. See Adobe Camera
camera raw images
cameras supported by Adobe
Camera Raw 263
creating 263
file formats for saving 278
histogram 272
opening 264–265
camera raw images (continued)
overview 263
proprietary 262
saving 275–276
sharpening 272
white balance and exposure
adjustment 266–267
Camera Shake Reduction filter 132
cameras, in 3D layers 345
changing the angle of 347
camera views 347
Camera widget 347
Canvas Size 308
center point, selecting from 66
channel masks 138
Channel Mixer adjustment
layer 213
adjusting individual 148–150
alpha channels 146, 149
loading as selections 151
overview 136, 146
CMYK color mode,
converting to 328
commands, keyboard shortcuts
for 361
CMYK color model 328
defined 332
gamut 332
Commit Any Current Edits
button 98
additive 328
adjusting overall 40
changing foreground 18
converting to black and white 50
default foreground and
background 212
default text 160
managed workflow 333–334
mixing with the Mixer Brush 227
out-of-gamut 328
previewing CMYK values in RGB
mode 328
sampling 18, 223
selecting by 54
selecting using the Swatches
panel 24–25
softening edge transitions 62
content-aware fill 118
Commit Transform button 191
Content-Aware Move tool 125, 127
Content-Aware Patch tool 45
Content panel, in Bridge 37
context menus 19
annotations 173
type 164, 167
Contrast slider in Camera Raw 270
Control Timeline Magnification
slider 247
Convert for Smart Filters 293
converting images to black and
white 50
chromatic aberration 119
Color Overlay 192
and anti-aliasing 62
at same resolution 69
commands 69
images 100, 329
images, and centering 77
layers 77–79
selections 68, 69
settings in Camera Raw 273
Classroom in a Book 1
Color panel 28
Copy Merged command 69
Clean Brush After Every Stroke
icon 228
color profiles 333
corner points 181
Color Range, Skin Tones option 288
creases, repairing 44
clean brush (Mixer Brush tool) 228
color settings
restoring 5
saving 5
Create Video Timeline 245
Color Settings dialog box 333–334
Crop tool 38, 117
color space 333
device profile 333
Cross Fade transition 254
Channels panel 136
Character panel 88
checkerboard transparency
indicator 79
clipping masks
about 138, 157
creating 160–162
indicator 162
in placed video assets 251
shortcut 161
closed paths 179, 181
closing a Photoshop file 12
Clouds filter 86
Color blending mode 208
color casts, removing 40
color comp 337
color management 333–334
combining images
in a panorama 114–118
with different perspectives
cropping images 38–39, 69–70
cropping shield 38
CSS, copying properties for 317
curved paths 181
Curves adjustment layer 17–18,
108, 289
customizing the user interface 30
cutouts 190–191
Edit In Quick Mask Mode
button 143
Default Foreground And
Background Colors 212
defaults, resetting 4, 10
Elliptical Marquee tool 54, 218
centering selection 66
circular selections with 58
Delete Cropped Pixels option 38
EPS file format 336
depth of field, adding 122
Erase Refinements tool 142
deselecting selections 57
Eraser tool 102
Detail panel in Camera Raw 272
erodible tip 226
Difference Clouds filter 212
3D objects for printing 351
image files from layers 312
video 257
Direct Selection tool 181
discretionary ligatures 171
document size 100
layers 78
multiple documents 77
Exposure adjustment layer 214
Eyedropper tool 18, 223
eye icon, in the Layers panel 75
distortions, correcting 127
DNG file format 278
docking panels 27
document size, displaying 100
Dodge tool 287–288
dragging image files to add layers 87
Drag The 3D Object tool 346
Dreamweaver. See Adobe
Fade With Black transitions 254
fading audio 256
Favorites panel, in Bridge 37
Feather command 62
feathering 62
Field Blur 112
drop shadows 91–92, 94
file formats
from Camera Raw 278
transferring images between
applications and platforms
type 171
duration of video clips, changing 247
Dust & Scratches filter 48
file size
flattened vs. unflattened 100
reducing 100
files, saving 18, 100–103
shapes 190
Smart Filters 206
text 165
adding clouds with 86
Add Noise 215
Camera Raw Filter 293
Camera Shake Reduction 132
Difference Clouds 212
Dust & Scratches 48
Lighting Effects 216
Liquify 202–203
Smart Sharpen 48, 307
Fit On Screen command 67
Flatten Image command 41
flattening images 100
focus, adjusting 122
alternates 171
changing in the options bar 23
OpenType 171
previewing in context 159
selecting 158
Foreground color swatch 24, 86
four-color printing 328
fractions 171
Freeform Pen tool 179
freehand selections 63–64
Drop Shadow layer style 302, 308
areas of a scene 125
images 330
layers 304
film. See video
color 345
content-aware 118
foreground color 99
gradient 90
Free Transform 194, 200, 202
gamut 332
colors outside of 328–329
Gamut Warning 329–330
Generator. See Adobe Generator
Geometric Distortion Correction
option 115
Go To First Frame button 254
Gradient Picker 90
gradients, listing by name 90
Gradient tool 90
adding 157
ruler 300
Smart Guides 194
Hand tool 65
Healing Brush tool 44, 285
Help, Photoshop 6
layers 78
selection edges 60
image window 12, 14, 14–15
fitting image to 67
scrolling 16
layer effects
adding 91
updating 98
embedded Smart Objects 310
multiple files from Bridge 199
layer groups 299
InDesign. See Adobe InDesign
Info panel 299
inkjet printers 337
Inner Shadow layer style 162
interface. See user interface
Invert command 150
Iris Blur 110–111, 212
high-resolution images 35
in Levels adjustment
layer 41, 281
histogram, in Camera Raw 272
History panel 211–217
JPEG file format
camera raw images and 263
image degradation and 283
Horizontal Type tool
22, 88, 158, 159
hue, adjusting for printing 329
Hue/Saturation adjustment layers
17, 144, 151
Illustrator. See Adobe Illustrator
centering and copying 160
copying 100
determining scan resolution 35
duplicating 329
fitting onscreen 65
flattening 100–102
resolution 35–36
sharpening 272
size and resolution 35–36
Image Size command 69
keyboard shortcuts
comprehensive list 360–361
customizing 230
duplicating 68
Move tool 59
appearance of 249
moving to the next
or previous 252
using to animate text 248
Lasso tools 54, 63–64
layer comps 101
layer masks 138
layer properties, copying for CSS
about 74
adding 86–87
aligning 102
Background 76
blending modes 82–83
converting Background to
regular 308
converting to background 76
copying 77–79
copying and centering 77, 81,
copying and merging 69
duplicating 82, 304
effects 89–92, 91–94
erasing 79–81
flattening 100, 101
generating images from 312
generating multiple assets from
hiding and showing 75, 78, 79
linking 84–86
locking 75
merging visible 100
naming image assets in 312
opacity 82
overview 74
painting 207
rearranging 80–82
removing pixels from 79–81
renaming 77
resizing 84–86
rotating 84
showing 79
thumbnails, hiding and
resizing 75
transforming 84
transparency 82–83
type 88
Mac OS, differences in work area 11
Layers panel
overview 75–76
Quick Mask mode indicator 143
Magic Wand tool 54, 117
combining with other
tools 60–61
layer styles
adding to type 162
applying 89–92, 91–94
Bevel & Emboss 192
Color Overlay 192
Drop Shadow 91, 94, 302, 308
overview 89, 91
Satin 95
Stroke 94, 302
Magnetic Lasso tool 54, 65–66
magnification 13–14.
See also Zoom tool
magnifying glass. See Zoom tool
Move tool 26
moving selections 57
scissors icon 67
3D objects 347
objects in an image 125
panels 27
selections 56–57
Multiply blending mode 84
muting audio 256–257
marquee tools 54
length of video clips, changing 247
color values for editing 136
creating 137–140
inverting 144
overview 136
refining 139
terminology 138
using Scrubby Zoom 15
using the Navigator panel 16
with the Zoom tool 13–14
Lens Correction filter 119–121
materials, in 3D layers 345
Navigator panel 16
lesson files, accessing 3
Merge Visible command 101
noise, reducing 48
Levels adjustment layers 40–41, 118,
150, 152, 280
nondestructive filters 202
Lightroom. See Adobe Photoshop
images 102, 122
images with different
perspectives 127–132
layers 100
multiple Photoshop files 199
lights, in 3D layers 345
meshes, in 3D layers 345
opacity, changing 82–83
linear gradients 86–88
mistakes, correcting 25–31
opening images in Camera Raw 264
Liquify filter 202–203
Mixer Brush tool
about 222
cleaning the brush 228
Open Object button (in Camera
Raw) 277
mixing colors 227
with a photograph 232
OpenType file format 156, 171
learning resources for Adobe
Photoshop CC 6
lightening an image 108–109, 118
Lighting Effects filter 216
Live Tip Brush Preview 225
Load Files Into Photoshop Layers
command 199
brushes with color 229
channels as selections 151
low-resolution images 35
upscaling 217
Luminosity blending mode 218
Notes panel 169
open paths 179, 181
calibration 333
resolution 35–36
options bar 19
compared to panels 29–30
overview 22–23
setting type options in 23
motion blurs 113
organizing photos 282–283
Motion dialog box 248, 251
out-of-gamut color 328–329
Motion workspace 245
output resolution, determining 36
Overlay blending mode 84
guidelines for drawing 184
saving 181, 188
layers 207
wetness options 224
with an erodible tip 226
with the Mixer Brush tool
path segments 181
pan and zoom effects, adding to
video 253–254
Pen tool
as selection tool 180
drawing paths 180–184
keyboard shortcut 179
overview 179–180, 181
setting options 182–183
panel dock 27
Brush panel 223
compared to options bar 29
docking 27
expanding and collapsing 28–29
moving to another group 27
overview 26–27
resizing 28
undocking 27
working with 24–26
panning with the Navigator panel 16
panorama 114–118
getting the best results 116
Pan & Zoom option 248, 253
Paper Color option 335
paper, simulating white 335
Paths panel 181, 182
vector mask 190
PDF. See Photoshop PDF
Pencil tool 179
Perspective Warp 127
photo correction
resolution and size 35–36
retouching strategy 34
Photomerge 114–115
best practices 116
photo restoration, manual 42–43
Photoshop EPS file format 329
Photoshop PDF, saving as 174
Photoshop Raw file format 263
pincushion distortion 119
pixel mask 138
paragraph type 158
defined 10, 35, 178
image and monitor 35–36
Paste Into 218
Place Linked 191
Paste Into command 69
placing embedded Smart Objects 310
and anti-aliasing 62
at same resolution 69
commands 69
planes, Perspective Warp 129
Paragraph panel 28
Patch tool 45
Path Blur 112
paths 179–180
adding type to 163–164
closing 181
drawing curved 181
drawing straight 181
playhead, in the Timeline panel 250
plug-ins 10
point type 158
distorting 167–168
paragraphs vs. 168
Polygonal Lasso tool 21, 54
gamut-warning color 329
restoring defaults 4, 10
Units & Rulers 299
Preserve Details (Enlargement)
option 217
Preserve Numbers option 334
brush 230
film and video 244
brush tips 225
fonts in context 159
images in a browser 315
Print dialog box 338
printers, inkjet 337
printing 321–341
3D files 349
CMYK model and 332–333
guidelines 337
identifying out-of-gamut
color 328–329
preparing images for 322
proofing images
onscreen 334–337
resolution 36
saving image as separations 336
printing inks, simulating 335
process colors 34, 328
Proof Colors command 335
proofing images 334–337
PSD format 278
camera raw images and 263
Pucker tool in the Liquify filter 207
Puppet Warp 144
Polygon tool 190
Quick Mask mode 143
position, animating in video 252
quick masks 136, 143
painting color 144
PostScript fonts 156, 171
Quick Selection tool 54, 55–56, 137
raster images, overview 178
sampling colors 18, 223
printing 338–340
saving image as 336
recording actions 305–310
Satin layer style 95
sepia effect, creating 251
rectangles, rounded 171
saturation, adjusting in Photoshop
shaders, in 3D layers 345
Rectangular Marquee tool
19, 54, 61, 300
red eye, correcting 106–108
Red Eye tool 107–108
Refine Edge 62, 147
Refine Mask dialog box 139
Saturation slider
(in Camera Raw) 270
as Photoshop PDF 174
images as separations 336
rendering video 257
scaling 160
3D objects 347
images up 217
repositioning selections 58
scan resolution 35
Resize To Fill Canvas option 248
scrubbing 23
layers 84
panels 28
video assets 248
Scrubby Zoom 15
Refine Radius tool 140
resizing the image canvas 308
resolution 35–36
overview 34
removing blemishes 44–45
setting correct resolution 35–36
with the Healing Brush tool 285
with the Spot Healing Brush tool
44, 285–287
a layer in a multilayer file 57
from center point 66–67
high-contrast edges 65–66
inverse selection 61–62
layers 79
overview 54
skin tones 288
text 98
ruler guides 157, 300
rulers 158
selection tools 54–55
RGB color model 328, 328–330
about 328
gamut 332
right-click menus 19
Roll The 3D Object tool 347
3D objects 347
selections 64
Rounded Rectangle tool 171–172
Shape Dynamics options, for
brushes 235
shape layers 190–191
shapes, custom 188–191
Shapeways online 3D print
vendor 350
sharpening images
in Camera Raw 272–273
in Photoshop 48–49
shortcut menus 19
by color 54
circular 66
copying 69
duplicating 68
elliptical 57–65
feathering existing 62
freehand 54
geometric 54
hiding edges of 60
inverting 16
moving 56–57, 59, 67–68, 68
rotating 64–65
showing edges 60
softening 62
subtracting from 61
RGB color mode, converting to
CMYK 328
shadows, creating 146
shortcuts. See keyboard shortcuts
shortening video clips 247
Show/Hide Visibility column 79
Show Transform Controls
option 192
sidecar XMP files 273
Single Column Marquee tool 54
Single Row Marquee tool 54
skewing an object 148
skin tones, selecting 288
Smart Filter 110
Smart Filters 202–205
editing 206
Smart Guides 194
Smart Objects
automatic update on editing 191
converting layers to 202
embedded 310
layer thumbnail 191
linked 191
overview 191
Smart Filters and 202
Smart Sharpen filter 48, 307
smooth points 181
snapping 299
soft-proofing 334–337
spell checking 164
Spin Blur 112
Split at Playhead button 255
Sponge tool 287–288
Spot Healing Brush tool
44–45, 285–287
stacking order, changing 80–82
Standard mode 143
starting Photoshop 10
status bar 14
sticky notes 169
Stop Recording button 309
stopwatch icon in the Timeline
panel 249
Tilt-Shift 112
timeline, creating 245
tool tips, displaying 14
Timeline panel
changing the magnification 247
returning to the first frame 254
tracks, in a timeline 245
defined 267
in Black & White adjustment
layers 251
layers 84–86
Smart Objects 192
straightening an image 38
strobe effect 113
tone, adjusting 40–41
Stroke layer style 94, 302
Brush tool 20
Content-Aware Move 125, 127
Crop 117
Crop tool 38
Elliptical Marquee 218
Eyedropper 18, 223
Healing Brush tool 44
Horizontal Type tool 22
keyboard shortcuts for 179, 360
Lasso tool 63
Magic Wand 117
Magic Wand tool 60
Magnetic Lasso tool 63, 65
Move tool 26
Patch tool 45
Polygonal Lasso 21
Polygonal Lasso tool 63
Quick Selection tool 55, 137
Rectangular Marquee 300
Rectangular Marquee tool 19
Rounded Rectangle
tool 171–172
selecting hidden 21–22
selection 54–55
Subtract From Selection button 61
Surface Blur filter 290
swashes 171
Swatches panel 24–25, 25
swatches, selecting 24
synchronizing settings in Camera
Raw 273
temperature, image 267
text. See also type
adding 158
animating 248
creating 22, 88–89
default color 160
moving 89
selecting 98
textures, in 3D layers 345
Spot Healing Brush tool 44
using 12–18
Tools panel
compared to other panels 29–30
double-column view 13
selecting and using tools
from 13–19
TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
camera raw images and 263
overview 278
Tolerance option for the Magic
Wand tool 60
Structure setting in the ContentAware Move tool 126
layer 75
Smart Object 191
training resources 6
transformations, freeform 84–85
adding to video 254
changing the length of 255
adjusting 82–83
indicating 79
Transparency And Gamut
dialog box 329
trimming an image 39
TrueType fonts 171
tutorials for learning Photoshop 6
type. See also text
aligning 158
clipping mask 157, 160–162
creating 158–159
glyphs 170
on a path 163–164
overview 156
resizing 156
resolution-independent 156
setting options 158
swashes 171
tricks 164
true fractions 171
vertical 172–173
warping 167–168
typefaces. See fonts
formats 156
selecting 158
type layers 88
creating new 164
selecting contents 164
Wacom tablets 235
z axis 347
images with the Liquify filter 202
perspective 129
type 167–168
in to the Timeline panel 247
out 59
zoom test, before printing 324
undocking panels 27
web browser, previewing images
in 315
Undo command 25
wetness options, in painting 224
undoing actions 25–26
with the History panel 211–217
white balance, adjusting 266–267
Type tool 22–23
Units & Rulers preferences 299
White Balance tool (in Camera Raw)
upscaling images 217
white point 270
user interface
Adobe Camera Raw 265
changing settings for 30
learning 10–12
widgets, 3D 347
vector graphics
bitmap images vs. 178
defined 10
overview 178
vector masks 138
Vertical Type tool 172
adding audio to 255
adding pan and zoom effects
adding transitions 254–255
exporting 257
groups 246
importing assets for 245
overview 244
rendering 257
resizing assets for 248
using adjustment layers in 250
Zoom option in video 251
Zoom tool 13–14
shortcuts 141
using Scrubby Zoom 15
Windows, differences in work
area 11
work area 10–31
color-managed 333–334
for retouching images 34
organizing files 282–283
prepress 334
Work Path
overview 181
default 11
Motion 245
x axis 347
XMP files 273
y axis 347
vignetting 119