How to use Photoshop CC 2018 For beginners-Part 6-Working with Photoshop layers and layer styles

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Photoshop layers are probably the most important element in photoshop. Everything you create a text, image and any element in photoshop, you will create a layer for it.

Within layers and the layer panel, you can organize your file into folder and name each folder/layer.

You can also use layer styles. They give you the ability to do variety of changes to each individual layer such as drop shadow, border, gradient just to name a few.

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This video is gonna be all about layers and layer styles
and I’ll talk about what those layer styles are, but layers in Photoshop are these individual elements, so this is one layer
this is one layer, and so on these are all different layers that make up our design here in Photoshop.
And the benefits of using layers like this is that you have individual control over all these elements. For example,
this Instagram logo is one layer, and it’s on its own independent layer, so if I press this eyeball here
I could turn it on and off and I could individually effect this layer without affecting my entire image
so working with layers in Photoshop is my favorite thing and it’s the thing that you’re really gonna spend most of your time with in Photoshop so let me just show you a few things the first thing is creating layers
So if you want to create a layer from scratch these layers were all
Independently created or they were brought into Photoshop for example this PSD this Photoshop icon
I just brought this as a PNG file. I dragged it over and placed there here and created a new layer for me so sometimes
Dragging the elements into a Photoshop file creates a layer for you, but if you want to create one from scratch down here
You’ll see this icon, and if you press that it creates a layer, so now I have layer 17
I could just turn it on and off and there’s nothing on this layer, so this is not affecting our image
And if you want to delete a layer just select it and press Delete, so that’s how you create a layer
So what can you do with layers well layers could be images like independent images like you see here
Or here’s another one
This is our background, so if I turn this on and off that’s that Instagram photo in the background there could be text layers
So here’s a text layer now
How do you create a text layer same thing just go ahead and create a new layer?
Just like this, and if you press T for the T tool with this layer selected and you go here
and you just click somewhere in your
Photoshop document you could just start typing and there’s a text layer C. Just created a text layer from that layer
I just created so layer 17 turn into a text layer and
With text layers you have all the control over text
So if I select this I could just change everything about that text up here, just like anything else
So I’m just gonna delete that now here’s a text layer that I’ve already created
And if I turn this on and off you could see it in the middle of the screen
So that’s a text layer and an image layer looks just like this, and if you want to name a layer
You just click the text you just double click that and I could call this background for example, so now that’s my background layer
That’s how you name a layer and turning it on and off is just like this with this eyeball and the next thing is
Organizing this layer right now
I have a bunch of layers, and they’re not really organized
But you could actually organize them into these groups by clicking this tab down here
It creates a group so you could just drag something like this and put it inside the group just like that so the layer
The background this layer now you see how things changed the order of your layers matter
So the layer on top shows first
so if I bring this to the top it shows first and the blue one was on top of the white one here so as
You could see the order makes a big difference so if I put this on the bottom
It’s really gonna change it the blue is gonna show instead of this background layer
So the order makes a big difference and by grouping him you could turn off the entire group so now if I turn this off
Everything in the background should be gone just like that so that’s why you would do a group
Another way to create a group just like this for example my logo here is multiple layers
So there’s the text layer and there’s another text layer, and there’s the logo, there’s three different layers
So I could select this I’m gonna just shift select these three
And then I could press this group and you’ll put it in a group for me
just like that and just like everything else I could double click this and I could just
Name this what I want to and if I turn this on and off now all those layers could
Disappear and the same thing that you would do with individual layers you could open this up
And you could turn each layer on and off just like that or all three at the same time
So this is a great way to organize your files now a lot of times you want to create something fast
And you’ll skip this, but I recommend organizing your files the best way you can in the layer panel
it’s a lot easier than to start from a
Design for example with these images that are created for YouTube
I always come back to the same design
And then I could just double click this and then Changez text for example I could turn this off and then put another
icon there. It’s really an easier way if you have it organized just like this I know for example that my – any logo is always gonna be there and so on so that’s a brief view of the layer panel
But let me just show you layer style which is also a powerful tool to really customize each
Individual layer so on any given layer if you double-click on the text you could change the text
But if you double-click right here on the side
It opens this panel called layer style and with layer style you could do a lot of different things to an individual layer for example
I could create a drop shadow which is the most commonly used?
Layer styling that I use especially for text as you can see here
There’s a drop shadow, but if you look at this Photoshop, icon. I could press drop shadow you see the difference
There is creating a drop shadow, and if you want to individually effect that
You could select it like this
And then you could change the opacity
of the drop shadow the distance and so on
So I’m gonna just press command Z to undo that and then you could change the blending mode and everything else with each
individual blending option here, so let me just turn this off and
Let me show you Bevel for example so if I choose bevel as you could see it’s having the impact here
So I could on an off it like this if I turn this off if I’m gonna do stroke
I could just check that on and then I could come here and change the stroke options
so it gives you a lot of options with this and one of my
favorite things that it does is let me just show you this on an image, so I’m just gonna open this background group and
I’ll turn this off so you can see this blue layer
I use the gradient overlay as a layer option, so if I double click this over here if I didn’t have gradient overlay
I just had a basic blue color that I created with a shape so if I check this on now
I use the gradient overlay and these are the options I have with
gradient overlay and I could change the opacity and so on for example to
Affect this background, so I could press OK there and here let me double click this one
I have multiple different layer styles so I have
Gradients and and inner shadow so inner shadow as you can see on the sides is making a darker
gradient overlay. It’s just creating a gradient color overlay and making everything
Darker so the text could pop now play around with layer styles see which ones come in handy for you
I know for me dry shadow stroke
Gradient overlay are some of the most common ones I use bevel from time to time
And then I play around with the setting under each individual one to really get the look that I’m going for so that’s a brief
Overview of layers and layer styles it’ll help you organize your Photoshop file
And it also gives you an option to edit each layer with a lot of different options in the layer style panel
I hope you found this helpful. Please give it a like and subscribe to this channel and stay tuned for the next video
Thanks for watching.


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