Photoshop Beginner: Moving, Rotating, Duplicating, Pattern Making & Layer Management | Benjamin Halsall | Skillshare

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Photoshop Beginner: Moving, Rotating, Duplicating, Pattern Making & Layer Management

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Moving & Resizing with the Move Tool

    • 3. Scaling & Smart Objects to Keep Image Quality

    • 4. Selecting, Duplicating & Moving Layers

    • 5. Selecting & Deleting Layers

    • 6. Transforming & Rotating Smart Object Layers

    • 7. Precision Rotations & Movements

    • 8. Cutting Out & Removing Layer Backgrounds

    • 9. Selecting and Moving Multiple Layers

    • 10. Aligning Multiple Layers

    • 11. Duplicating Layers within Layer Groups & Hiding Layer Groups

    • 12. Rotate, Repeat & Duplicate

    • 13. Hue & Saturation Adjustment Layers & Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

In this easy to follow beginner class you will learn lots of useful tips and tricks for moving, resizing, duplicating, managing layers as well as beginning to look at how these features can be used for pattern making and layer control in Adobe Photoshop.

In this course you will cover:

  • Moving images from one file to another quickly and efficiently
  • Moving images
  • Resizing images
  • Resizing and moving multiple image layers in one go
  • Layer groups
  • Creating patterns through duplication
  • Selecting multiple layers
  • Deleting layers
  • Re-organising layers
  • Pattern creation
  • Clipping masks & adjustment layers to control color

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: So here in this beginning, for a shorter time, we're gonna have a look at how we move things in for a shock. We're also gonna have a look at how we re size for a tape of scale things. And we're also gonna have a look at how we duplicate things using the move toe in Adobe Photo Shop. 2. Moving & Resizing with the Move Tool: So if we come up to our toolbox on the left hand side here we see our move tool. And basically what we're gonna do is use the selection to a little bit to make some selections on the move toe, primarily to kind of move things around Info shop. So let's go ahead and create a new document. First of all, and then we're gonna have a look at how we move an object from one document to another using the move talk. So it's first we'll go to file. And you were gonna make a brand new letter size document. And I'm just going to switch my and 1/2 by 11 to 11 by 8.5 so that it's a landscape rather than portrait. We'll click OK to that little go ahead and say this the desktops. I'm gonna go to file, save us and we'll say this as move resize, rotate. So now we've got a new documents that we're gonna jump back to our image here on the first way that we're gonna move. Something is just to move this file from one document to another so we could select this image or make a selection of part of the image and move that. But actually, if we with the move toe click and hold down on an image and then drag it up to the tab here , we can drop it right into the middle of our document here. And you can see that the image that we had previously is much bigger and pixel sized than the image that we just set up. So we're gonna have to resize this straight away. There's a couple of ways of re sizing, but I'm going to stick toe using the short cuts so that we can work a little more quickly. If you want to look for the menu based resize options than that under edit, transform on the resize options that will Here. Okay, we're gonna be using the free transform option, which is command and t on. We'll talk through the shortcuts for using that. So if I hold down command and tap T and then I can see a few different ways off re sizing this file. So the first thing is, as I begin to resize this in the campus here, I can't see the edges of my entire documents. I'm gonna zoom out by holding down the command or control key and tapping minus to zoom out . And now I can see this. I can move it, Andi. I can come to my edges here my corners and drag those into recites. And now you can see as I'm re sizing here, it's distorting the image. So I want to hold down shift as I do that to resize this and I'm gonna resize it so that it fits roughly the size of the document. And then once every sized it in order to apply that size change, I need to hit enter, okay? 3. Scaling & Smart Objects to Keep Image Quality: So before we do any more re sizing in this document, I just want to change the set up of this less so that we can scan it down to scale up without losing any pixel quality. So I just do, command and t First of all, here on, just scale this down to a tiny, tiny size hit Enter and then do commodity again and scale this back up and hit. Enter. You'll see that we've actually lost a lot of quality from the image. So what we're gonna do is going to stop that from happening, as with scaling things up and scaling things down. So I'm gonna go to edit on step backwards or cult option commanders that Well, come on, Izzy. And that's gonna step me back to my original image quality in You can really see the difference in the image quality when we're stepping back with affords like that were shuttling through the history. And if we can't our right hand panels across here, you'll see the history panel here where I just move through. So I just stepped back from here to here, and we can actually flick directly between those and see that quality change that we've had when we scaled down scaled it back up to the first thing we're gonna do here is right Click on our layer on Go to convert to Smart object And that's gonna change this object into a smart object, which means that the original quality of the image we make it a smart object is gonna be kept so we can scale up and scale it down continually in this kind of mode. 4. Selecting, Duplicating & Moving Layers: and with the move it'll selected the one thing I want to make sure when I'm moving things is that I've got the layer that I want selected. So let's just grab a duplicate of this image now to duplicate an image directly in the cameras. Here. I'm gonna held down the ultra option key and click on. I can drag out a copy off that layer. Now what? You'll see if you have a look down at your layers panel on. If you don't see the same panel set up I have here on the right hand side, then just go to window workspace. Make sure that year in the essentials the default view on then hit reset essentials and that will Resa everything. This is really useful if you hide windows or kind of reorganize your photo shop layout and you want to get back to the original set up, it can help you toe kind of set things up there. So now when I'm working here as I'm moving layers, I'm moving this layer on the right because that's the layer I have here selected. Okay, if I want to jump toe this layer with the way that I've got things that are of the moment. I need to select that layer in order to move it to the left and right. Okay. We get in this white block here because the image has that white background within it, and we can take a look at fixing that in a second. 5. Selecting & Deleting Layers: So I've made a Jeep get this layer. But for the moment, I'm just gonna delete one of those layers. So I'm gonna come across to my layers panel here and just grab this top most layer layer one copy on drag that down to my trash can to delete that. So I'm back to just having one layer, and I want to have a look at some of the other options we have here for transforming this layer with the move tool selected. 6. Transforming & Rotating Smart Object Layers: So the first thing is is that if I hold down command or control on tap T that I'm gonna bring up my transform options here, Andi, because we're set up with a smart object as a layoff. When we scale it down, I just show this, scale it down a little bit and hit enter and then go back to command and t to transform. You can see I get the width and height up here in the top options to about as a proportion off the original image size certify. Link these together like licking the padlock there and then type in 100. It's going to send me back to the original image size, which is handy when you really want to control that. So if we come to the edges here, we can see you can see as we move out from the square Black bloc at the edge. There we can find this hook Taro, which is what's gonna rotate that image. Okay. And we can do that in different spots of the image as well. I'll just press escape and I'm gonna transform this up again. Now when I'm transforming, I'm holding now. Shift as I'm doing it to keep the proportions. And if I hold down shift when I'm rotating, it's gonna change the angle off that in increments off 15 degrees. Okay, so you can see I'm jumped. 15 30 45 eventually to 90. Okay, but I'm angling in a specific angle. Okay, I'm gonna hit. Enter now, return on the keyboard and 7. Precision Rotations & Movements: Now I'm gonna come back into that transformed. Also command and T. I want to show you a couple of other things that we can have it so we can type in percentage here off the original size, which is which is handy. We can also type in the location on Beacon, typing the rotation here as well. So if I click in the rotation Aiken type in 35 for instance, and it's gonna wrote it. Rotate that image to exactly 35 degrees. If I press escape, it's gonna come out that. 8. Cutting Out & Removing Layer Backgrounds: so I'm gonna remove the white background that we can see on this image here. Okay, So I'm just gonna come across to my Magic Wandell and select this white area, okay? And then I'm gonna grab my selection tool and just increase the size that selection just we don't grabbing at that white area around the edge there. Now, that group that white area that I'm gonna go to select on in verse what I'm gonna add here is ah, layer mask. Okay, so I'm gonna come down to my layers panel and click on this little white rectangle with a black circle in the middle, and it's gonna add a layer mask there, which is going to remove the background. So that means now, when I grabbed the move tool again on hold down the bulky on make a duplicate, we're actually getting their transparency behind those different objects. So you can see as I'm moving things around here, we're getting some snapping going on. So it's snapping to the edges off that layer. Now, in this case, it's the edge of that old white box that we had around the image originally. 9. Selecting and Moving Multiple Layers: So next let's go on and have a look at how we move these together. So if I want to move both these objects, I can come to my layers panel on select one layer, hold down, shift and select the other layer on. Now I can move thes objects together. We can also, if I just click away from my layers here to de select them. If I want to select the layers, then actually nothing's selected at the moment. So when I tried to move something, it's going to throughout this era, saying nothing removed because no layers selected. But if I hold down the command or control key and click on one of my layers, you can see it's now selected. So this is a nice, quick way of auto selecting the different layers, okay, so hard on command or control, and then click on the layer that you can see and you'll be able to select that later on. We can move this layer on the left, hold down command or control, click on the layer on the rights and then move that lay around. So what I want to look at now is how we can select multiple layers with short cuts on, then duplicate online. There's different objects. So for this, I'm gonna hold down command 1st 4 to select this layer on the left that I'm gonna hold down shift in command to select its later on the right. And then I'm gonna keep the bulky held down to make another Jew pickup of thes different shapes. And so now, to select all of these because they're laying over the top feature that I'm just gonna go to my layers panel and select them normally here. So I want to transform all these. So I'm gonna hold down command and tap t on. We can transform more than one layer in one go. So I'm just gonna transform these 10. Aligning Multiple Layers: and then once have transformed. Um, I'm gonna be select my click in this gray area in my layers panel holdout command and tap on each one of these individually, somewhat in our command, tapping and then moving them. And I'm just leaving them that little I'm a line so that I can work on lining them with all these layers lined up like this. Now I can hold down command shift on, just click through the rest of my layers and you can see them selecting in the layers panel as you do that. Now, if you look up the top here once, we've got the move tool selected on multiple layers selected. We get these online options showing up in options to a bus so we can align the vertical centers tow line them up. And we can also use this distribute option to distribute the horizontal centers. Okay, so we have other different online options there for lying to the top line to the bottom, the left and right, and then distribute options across here for distributing things in different ways. So, for instance, now if we grab a number of layers on and I'm just gonna transform these down a little bit more enter and with those four layers selected, I'm gonna right click on those selected layers and create a new group from there's Layers. So the group from layers option is there. Okay, so we'll call this row one. And now with this selected when we actually click to select or Haagen Command Select, it's going to select a group. That's our option up here in the options Tour bus. And now, when I have duplicate, it's going to duplicate that group and again, just gonna leave these a little bit on the line as I duplicate them down and then again will come to our layers palette, help downshift, select all those layers, and then we can again use the airline options. I'm gonna line them centrally and then distribute the heights so they're all lined up. So we have a perfect grid off these cameras now that we can move around and work on 11. Duplicating Layers within Layer Groups & Hiding Layer Groups: Now I want to keep these layers, but I'm also gonna make one brand new layer just with one single camera on it. So what I wanna do is count my auto select options up here on select layer. Okay, I'm gonna be select everything by clicking in the gray area down here. I'm gonna hold down the command key and then just duplicate this one object which is duplicated this new layer out. But it's kept in that group, and I want to move out of that group. So I'm just gonna drag it up out of those groups and right up to the top of my layers panel here, and then I'll turn all these layers off, so I'm just left with my one layer again. 12. Rotate, Repeat & Duplicate: on. What I want to do here is show you how we can create a ring off these cameras by using the transform tools and then doing a duplicate as we transform that. So I'm gonna hold down command and touchy. I'm gonna pull this CenterPoint down towards the middle here on, then I'm gonna just drag this across to the right and I'm looking at the degrees there, and I want to have this at SE 36 degrees. So we should get 10 of these around here. We perform the next steps, I'm gonna hit, enter and then hold down, Shift option or halt Command Andi t. And it's gonna repeat that transformation. So basically, we're making a duplicate, and it's moving at the same angle on because we moved at 36 degrees, 360 degrees is the full rotation around that circle. So we get 10 of these cameras, So let's gravel these in our layers panel on. We'll make a new group from those. And so now things are starting to get interesting. We ableto have entire group all these cameras that we can then go ahead and duplicate, move around and using our design as well as the grid that we have in the background. There 13. Hue & Saturation Adjustment Layers & Class Wrap Up: So that's most of what On a cover for the intro to moving things within a shop. We've covered a lot off different steps. They're mostly focusing on the move tool, using some of the selection tools, but understanding how layers work, How these layers are organized is really useful. I just do one last thing. Just toe make it a little clearer what we have here. And I'm gonna add in my layers panel a hue saturation adjustment layer. And I'm just gonna color rise those background layers and lighten it up a bit so you can start to see where and begin to create. Some interesting contrast between different layers of the same image has been useful in tryingto using the move toe, moving things around in layers on. And this technique will work with text layers with graphic layers on, also with image layers, as we're working with here. So if you have any questions, then please just leave a comment or a question, and I look forward to seeing on next tutorial