IN THIS VIDEO
– Styling layers
– Introduction to layers and selections
– Setting rulers, guides and grid
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0:09 The Layer menu allows you to apply various settings and modifications to the layers in your document.
0:15 Use the Layer command to create a new layer,
0:19 duplicate a layer,
0:22 delete your layer,
0:27 adjust layer properties,
0:31 apply layer styling,
0:39 hide layers,
0:44 arrange layer stacking order,
0:54 align layers,
0:56 lock them,
0:58 link them together,
1:04 merge your layers,
1:09 and finally flatten your image.
1:13 You can also create a new layer through your selection.
1:23 Layer > New
1:25 You can either create a new layer via Copy or via Cut.
1:36 There’s a fun feature in Layers menu:
1:39 Layer Style command.
1:41 It allows you to create different effects for your layers like Drop Shadow,
1:46 Inner Glow,
1:48 Contour your layer.
1:51 We will be covering these features in more details.
1:54 However, just like anything else
1:56 I encourage you to play with this feature and explore it on your own.
2:00 While Layer menu is very useful,
2:03 most of its features and commands could be found in the Layers palette.
2:08 If you click on the option arrow on the top right corner
2:14 or right click on the layer,
2:19 use icons at the bottom of the palette,
2:24 as well as some tools.
2:29 Use Selection tool,
2:33 and I can “Layer via Copy” or “Layer via Cut”,
2:41 and Move tool, give me access to aligning layers in the option bar.
2:49 And finally, Layer Styling
2:52 can be accessed by simply double clicking on the layer.
3:02 The Select menu controls how images and areas of images are selected.
3:07 Use the Select menu to select all of an image,
3:12 to deselect the selection,
3:19 inverse your selection,
3:26 select areas by color range,
3:37 and apply transformation to selected boundaries.
3:56 Next to the Select is the Filter menu.
3:59 It is used to change the appearance of images by applying various effects
4:04 The Filter menu contains categories such as Artistic,
4:08 Blur, Brush Strokes, Distort and more.
4:12 All of that could be accessed through Filter Gallery.
4:17 This feature’s hardly used in fashion industry
4:20 but it allows you to be creative and maybe add a WOW! factor to your presentation.
4:26 We encourage you to play with it on your own.
4:34 The View menu allows you to manage how the document is viewed.
4:38 Use it to zoom in or out of your document,
4:42 or my favorite “Fit on Screen”
4:44 that allows me to maximize my workspace,
4:48 preview actual image pixels
4:51 or print size.
4:57 Set different modes,
5:02 I prefer Standard Screen Mode,
5:05 and display Extras, like Grid.
5:10 You can access Grid preferences
5:14 like subdivisions and color
5:16 through the Preferences menu.
5:20 I prefer eight subdivisions which will equal one-eighth of an inch
5:26 and change color to slightly darker.
5:33 You can also hide
5:35 or display your Rulers.
5:43 And finally, manage your Guides
5:46 by locking them, creating new or deleting.
5:51 In the Window menu, you can arrange how document windows are displayed.
5:57 You can cascade them, tile them horizontally or vertically.
6:01 As you can see, all my open documents are now nicely arranged in my workspace.
6:07 In addition, you can create a new window for the active document.
6:12 This feature is very useful when you work on an image in the zoom mode
6:22 but still want to see how the changes that you’ve made affect the entire document.
6:31 Workspace submenu can be very useful.
6:34 Everything that you seen on the screen, aside from your documents, is the part of the workspace
6:40 like tools,
6:42 menubar and palettes.
6:46 Right now we are working in the Default Photoshop Workspace
6:50 which can be customized to meet your own needs
6:53 and saved for the future use.
7:02 Your custom workspace presets will be listed at the bottom of the menu.
7:06 I will be talking more about workspace when we get to Palettes.
7:13 The next important segment in the Window menu is the list of palettes
7:17 that can be added to or removed from your workspace.
7:22 Whenever you need to work with a specific palette and it’s not displayed on your screen,
7:26 you can find and activate it in your Window menu.
7:35 At the bottom of your Window menu
7:37 you will find the list of currently open documents
7:40 with the active document checked.
7:43 You can change it by clicking and selecting another document to activate.
7:49 Just like any other software, the Help menu has all the information
7:53 about the program, tools and features.
7:56 That concludes our section about the top menubar
7:59 and in the next segment we will explore the Tool Palette.