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Photoshop Tutorial for Fashion Design (04/24) Menus – Layer, Select, Filter, View, Window, Help


– Styling layers
– Introduction to layers and selections
– Setting rulers, guides and grid

0:09 Layer Menu
3:00 Select Menu
3:56 Filter Menu
4:33 View Menu
5:51 Window Menu
7:48 Help Menu

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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,

2:32 right-click

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.


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