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Photoshop Launch for Interior Designers

Brian Lee, The Design Cure

Photoshop Launch for Interior Designers

Brian Lee, The Design Cure

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12 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. 01 workspace

    • 3. 02 Navigation Tools

    • 4. 03 CustomizingtheDoc

    • 5. 04 toptools part1

    • 6. 05 toptools part2

    • 7. 06 layers panel part 1

    • 8. 07 layers panel part 2

    • 9. 08 the transform tool

    • 10. 09 masking

    • 11. 10 adjustment layers

    • 12. 11 blending modes

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A Photoshop course for Interior Designers with a  curriculum that both introduces newbies to the software and offers a refresher course to those who need it.

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Brian brings over 15 years of experience as a professional designer across several industries including interior design, visual effects design, multi-media advertising, and Publishing. Mastering Photoshop was essential to his success in these fields and continues to be his leading software for design.Prior to building and teaching at The Design Cure, Brian was hired to create and teach multiple design courses for education companies such as, Envato Tuts Plus, Plural Sight, and Digital Tutors.

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1. Welcome: photo shop is an amazing tool. It's used by photographers, app developers, blockbuster film creators and designers like you and me. It can handle any visual challenge you throw, but with that, power comes at a price. It's a deep program, and many people get really confused and loss. We're learning it because they're trying to piece together learning information from all over the whip. As into your designers, we rarely have time for this, which is why we've created a class of teachers. Photoshopped the right way and that is specific to your needs. Is interior design presenting voter shop launch for interior designers A three day course to do you up and running with voter shop fast so that you can start making great looking presentations for your clients and for your portfolio to get you off to a strong start. We've designed a three day learning Siri's to give you the essential foundations you need to start applying Photoshopped your design business immediately. We made it for interior designers who are either brand new Photoshopped or just need a quick, effective refresher. In this course, you'll learn how to navigate around the interface quickly and easily. How to set up your digital workspace specifically for your needs. How to set up your project by customizing your document size. Learn how to work with voter shops. Powerful layers Tab will also cover practical examples, such as how to create a profile image to use fear, social media pages with a layer mask, how to adjust the lighting of interior photograph and how toe import and move images around inside of a design board and much. It comes with 11 2 point training videos, plus individual chapter exercises to help you better grasp of the material and in all in one photo shop. Cici. Upon completion, of course, not only will you have learned the foundations of photo shop, we also have joined a community of specialized like minded interior designers were also on the journey to succeed with photo shop, and as an extra bonus, you receive a photo shop level one certificate at your LinkedIn profile resume and website . So thank you so much for watching. I can't wait to have you in the course to be a part of our fast growing community, be well and happy design 2. 01 workspace: Hey, guys, welcome the photo shop. So my guess is that this is exciting and also a little intimidating. So my goal here in this first tutorial is to make you feel comfortable with the software. So to do that, I'm gonna start by just showing you how to simplify and clean up the workspace. So it's not so intimidating. So to get started, you can see over here on the right. I got a bunch of panels, and over here on the left, I also have a panel. Now, this is default in Photoshop, and you may see different variations of this, depending on which version of photo shop you have. So over here in the upper right, I have this little panel here. Now, this talks about the different work spaces that are available to me. So there's some pre built ones here, and essentials is the default one. But what I want to do is create a new workspace, Ellis name that Brian. Just turn these on it. Save, and that's gonna allow me to mess around with this interface as much as I want. And I can always go back to the original default. Let's just remove all of this clutter, and I just start from scratch. So what I'm gonna do is drag this panel down, and then I could just delete it. And I have one more panel here, and let's delete that. So I'm left with a totally blank slate to work from. So from here, I just want to show you guys quickly how you could change the color of your interface. So you'd go toe photo shop here, Goto preferences go to interface. And some people like to have a very white theme. Some people like to have a great theme, or some people just like to have it super dark so that they could just see exactly what they're working on. At one time. I'm kind of Ah, middleman. So I'm gonna go with this nice light, gray, and I'm just gonna hit. Okay, there. Great. So from here, we can now open up the different panels that we want to use. And for this to toil, we're gonna go nice and slow. I'm just gonna pull up the tools panel. So for any panels or tools, you can just go up to a window and there's gonna be all sorts of different ones in here. For now, I'm just gonna open up tools, and there we go. Now, this is the place where you could think of it like a little toolbox that you have on your desk. It's got your pens, has got your erasers. It's got, uh, selection tools. Um, and it's got a whole bunch of other stuff. But for now, I just want you to be able to understand how to open up the tools panel. Now it's show you a little bit more about how to move around and navigate the photo shop in her face. I'm gonna open up file, and you can find this file inside of this lessons file folder. So go up here to file open recent. So if you just want to fall along, you're welcome to open this up. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna talk about this little option down here at the bottom. So if I click that, it's gonna change my view settings. So if I click it again, it's going to say your bouts and her full screen mode, everything's fine. So I'm gonna say, OK, I'll go full screen mode and There you go. So if you get to this point, don't panic. I know you can't really see anything around. All you need to do is hit f and that will bring you back to the next setting. So again, if you just hit F, it'll toggle through all the views and they're all a little different in their own way. This one's nice because you have a little tab up here. So if you if you imagine that you have multiple files open, it makes it very easy to jump back and forth between them. Now. One problem with this view is that it's a little bit restrictive and let me show you what I mean. So this hand tool down here is really effective. Teoh normally pan around right so I could move my campus left and right, just like I would be sliding and paper around on my desk. But in this view, you can't use that. You can't do anything like that, so it's very restrictive in that way. So if I hit F one more time, it takes me to a new view, and this allows me to be able to pan around, which is great. This is probably the view you're gonna want to use most of the time. So congratulations. You've made it through the first lesson. I want to keep these lessons short, especially here in the beginning so that you guys can ease into Photoshopped work club. So I'd like you to do a quick exercise and just go through what we've learned here today. Step one, create your own workspace. Step to load up your tool panel. Step three, open the exercise five and step for play with changing your view settings. So congratulations once again for starting photo shop. Once you're done with the exercise file, I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. 02 Navigation Tools: So now that we know a little bit more about how to set up our own workspace, it's time to talk about tools. And the most basic of these tools are the navigation tools. So first up the hand tool and the cool thing about this tool is that it's actually can be pulled up while using another tool. So if I have the marquee tool selected, right, So I have this right there. Um, I could just still use the hand tool while I'm using that by just holding space bar. So it's very nice in that way that you don't have to switch between tools just to move around the interface. I want you guys to just practice moving around this image. So to do that, you can use the hand tool that we just talked about, and you can also use the zoom tool. So I want you just practice moving around inside of the elevation. So what The Zoom tool selected? All I need to do is quick on the area I want to zoom into, and then you can hold cult and that'll zoom. Yeah, so it zoom back in. And now, with while I have the magnifying glass or zoom tool selected. I can hold space bar, and then I could just pan around. So currently have the hand tool selected. And again, if we wanted to get to the zoom tool, we could just click on it or we get a Z, which is the hot key for the magnifying, the US or zoom tool. So again, if I just zoom in an old space bar, move around, let go of space bar, and that takes me back to the tool that I had selected. So just in case you guys were thinking, that's a little too easy, I want to add one extra level of difficulty. So let's just hit tap, and that takes away all the tools it takes away all the interface, Um, and so you're left with nothing. And this can be great when you just want toe, not have clutter laying around and just focus on your design. Now when you do that again, it's very important to know hot keys. So against space bar pans around and let go space bar, and you're right back to the tool that you had selected previously. So the reason I introduced thes two tools. First is not because they're super exciting, but was because in real life we can just walk away from our image. We can, like, step back and take a look at it, or we could zoom in with our face and take a closer look at it. And we need to be able to mimic these natural movements because we're designers. We need to get in. We need to step back. We need to look at the whole picture. So for these reasons, it's very important that you know how to remove around the Photoshopped interface. Justus. He would move around an actual design that's sitting on your desk. All right, so let's dive into the lesson exercise. So for step one, I want you to practice using the hand tool and pan around your interface. Step two, I want you to practice using the zoom tool. Zoom in and out. Step three. Practice using these tools within a hidden interface using the tab tool. Step forward Download lesson twos. Cici, You guys have any questions at all along the way? Please feel free to leave a comment in the Facebook group, and we'll see you in the next lesson. 4. 03 CustomizingtheDoc: All right. So I guess the next natural step is to show you how to get started. So let's ah, just take this tool panel and drag it over until it highlights, and that's gonna stick it on the side. And then I'm just gonna go up to file new now the new version of photo shop CC 2017. This is looking a little different. So there's been some big changes. Um, if you're new to Photoshopped than this is normal, But if you've been with it for a long time, then you'll see some very obvious changes here. And, um, so right off the top, we have recent And so these are a lot of the files that I've used recently, um, and then saved, which currently haven't saved any presets yet. So then we have photo and prints art and illustration, Web, mobile film and video. So these air all presets and they're actually Cem templates to, so you can look down here, you have a photo collage and layout, which looks like it might be good for mood boards or something down the road. So for the purposes of this lesson, let's just talk about how to create a custom canvas or document so preset details will just go and fill this us Call it getting hopes to make teas started. And I like to work in pixels just because generally, most platforms that are asking you to upload an image to their site work in pixels a t least for Internet stuff. So pixels is good if you want to do, like, print and stuff like that. There's a lot of other options in here, so I think maybe around 1500 wide is going to be fine. Onda and let's just do 1000 high pretty standard for like, a Web banner kind of deal resolution we can do 1 50 is good for WEB. If you want to actually print you, should be it right around 300 Um, and then we have color mode. So RGB is great for online stuff. Um, now see him like a color is great for printing because it limits the amount of colors you can use, um, to the amount a printer can handle. RGB doesn't really matter, so they have a lot more colors available for for Web based stuff. So those are the two options that you kind of need to know for color mode and then background contents. This is just what you want your background layer to be. But we haven't gone into layers yet, so don't worry too much about this right now. Um, thes air advanced options. Here we have color profiles, and we have pixel aspect ratios. So these air again presets for advanced things like making movies and stuff like that. So we won't worry too much about that. You'll notice there's some default orientation situations here where you can just pick whether the canvas is going to be a landscape or portrait. There is also art boards, which again are presets. Um, so yeah, that's pretty much it. I think we're about ready to hit create, However, if we do want to say of what we've made here because we'll be using it more down the road, I could just come up here and hit Save. It's called us the getting started preset, and we could just say 1500 and save the preset, so that should pop it into our saved files and I'll hit, create and there we go. All right, so here I have the purple ball file opened up. Um, if he has a phone long, go ahead and open that up A swell. Where else? Do it for homework or your exercise after this detour. So here we have a ball and what I want to do is extend my canvas so that I can see the entire ball. Now, if I were to go up to image and go to image size and readjust my image size watch, what happens? So I'm gonna change is the 1500 it Okay, you can see that it has stretched my ball into an oval, which is exactly what I did not want. And it also hasn't shown me any of the new sides of the ball. So if you're just doing image size that stretches what's already there So we don't want to do that mitt command Z to undo. And then this time I'm gonna go to canvas size. So now if I just go to height and I want to extend the height 1500 Um and I wanted do it as a regular anchor. It okay, and that's pretty good. So I can now see the top of my ball and you could see how it hasn't stretched anything at all. It's on. Lee changed the canvas and not the object itself. So let's keep going on this and see if we could get the whole ball and in frame. All right, so we'll go image again. Canvas size At this time, I just want to extend the campus down a little bit so that I just see the bottom bottom of ball and I want to keep it where it is at the top. So I'm gonna extend the height to you. Let's say 5 50 This time I'm gonna hit Thea Pera so that all the arrows were pointing away from my anchor point, which, if you look at, if you think of this is the canvas, that would be right here. So this is going to stay where it is and everything else is gonna extend out. Go ahead, OK, and there we go. It's extended the bottom out. Let's do the sides now image canvas size. And with what's do, let's do another 5 50 Let's do it to the left. Okay, so that's good. Now we need to extend our right image canvas size this time We just want to extend it to the right. So I'm gonna click on the left side there. So all my arrows were pointing away and let's just put it up to 600. Okay, there we go. All right, Now the last thing I want to go over. Since we now know how to create a custom document, we need to know how to save accustomed document. So here we go. I'm just gonna go appear to file. I'm gonna go to save as and by hitting save as in comparison to hitting save, I'm gonna have more options, but just hitting save. It's gonna automatically save this document as a dot PSD document, which is a photoshopped documents. You can either hit command or control s to just save, or you can hit command or control. Shift s to save ass. So I get my many that pops up here, and I could just save it anywhere I want. Just call it purple ball, maybe purple dot and just we can choose thief format. So if we wanted to keep a Photoshopped document, I could do that. Otherwise J peg is a very common one that you may be asked to upload, so we'll just do it, J. Peg and I'll just say that hit. Okay. And there we go. That's how you save out. Ah, J. Peg. Now, if you are requested to save out in any other format by any other platform or if you're working on the Web or social media or you want to print something, make sure to look at the details of what they need on their site, and you should be able to find most things inside of this section. If you do have any problems at all, let me know, and I'll be happy to help you get through it. So that brings us to the lesson exercise. But this lesson. I want you to step one. Create your own custom document in preset Step two, open the purple dot exercise file. Step three. Adjust the canvas size to show all sides of the dot Step four. Save the file. And lastly, don't forget about the undue hot key. I guarantee you you're going to use it 5. 04 toptools part1: Hey, guys. So in this lesson, we're gonna talk about the toolbar over here. Now I'm going to run through some of the tools that I use the most. Just see, you kind of get a feeling of how this toolbar works and how you can kind of customize it. Just want to run through it really fast before we get into more details. All right, so here I have the move tool selected. Now the move tools cool because it allows you to move things around. So that tool is used a lot in combination with other tools. So, for instance, the tool underneath it is called the marquee tool. Inside of this tool, you're able to select different options for the type of shape that you want to select. So the marquee tool is mainly used for selecting. Now, once you select something, obviously the other tools come into handy for what you want to do with that selection. So, for instance, if we use the marquee tool and the move tool together, I can select a part of the ball, and then I can use the move tool, and you can see that the little scissors icon came up. So that means I'm about to cut something. So I'm actually just gonna pull this toe left. You can see a cut out of the, uh, the shape someone had command z to undo that. And then if I want to de select an area, I can either go to select D Select or I can just hit command or control T. All right, so, uh, that's basically the move tool. Now you'll see inside of here. There's also the Art Bullard tool. We won't be using that in this lesson, So don't worry about that. And, ah, let's just keep moving down the list again. So that's the marquee tool. You can also make circular selections, oval selections that we have the lasso tool. So this allows you to do selections as well. But you're able to make many different shapes. Very customized shapes de. You have the last so tool. This is the free form. So you can notice that the previous one was more of a political shape. All right, so straight lines and the the other one I use a lot is the lasso tool. Not so much the magnetic lasso tool. Um, but there is an option there. It basically just follows your shape. So that's nice. We have the magic wand tool again selections, and this is one of my favorite selection tools because it has brains behind. Kind of does automatic selections and really comes in handy when you're removing backgrounds of product images and stuff like that for concept boards. And, yeah, just really making any kind of detailed selection. So next up, let's talk about the crop tool. Now the crop tool is great. It just allows you to, um, you know, resize your canvas so that it can be very unique. Teoh toe what you're looking at rather than having to go in and do calculations inside of your document settings. You can just kind of eyeball it here, so I'm gonna say Hit, escape to get out of that and then moving right along, we have the eyedropper tool. So if you'll notice down here in the panel selection and the color panels, if I select any color here, it's going to mimic that. That's pretty straightforward. Next we have the hell brush. I really never use that we have the paint brush tool really only use that for one of making art like digital paintings or landscape him and dream like that, we have the stamp tool. Now. It's kind of interesting if we click that now, if you're making, like textiles or something, uh, and you hold Alz and click on that's dot, for instance, you could just paint in a different area. It has kind of like its own built in paintbrush, and you could see over on the left that there's across hair and that is basically telling you where you're copying. So it's really good for clean up and just for repeating patterns and things like that. Now we have the eraser tool, so that's self explanatory. You just, you know quick it race. You can change the size of your racer by hitting the brackets. Keys left bracket goes smaller, right bracket goes bigger. You can also adjust the opacity of your eraser brush as well, which can help reduce the strength paint bucket tool. This is a pretty great tool will be using this a lot, especially when also using the marquee tool. So basically, this tool, the paint buckets will reads off of these colors down here. So if I have a purple color selected in my foreground color. Uh, I can just come up to the marquee tool, drag out a box or whatever shape I want. Come down to the paint bucket tool and click there. Now if you don't see the paint bucket tool, that might be because the Grady in Tool is is currently showing. Now. The grating tool could be great for when making against social media campaigns. And you can have, you know, a little bit of more variation than just solid colors around. Uh, so you could find a lot of good uses for the for the grading tool up here is basically your settings. For this. There's different types of radiance. You can pick some preset radiance. You can also, you know, really get in there and tweak your Grady int with different colors and, you know, make your own custom stuff. So I want to give you guys a little bit of time to practice the tools that you've learned so far, and in part two of this lesson will go over the rest of the toolbar. So for this lessons exercise, I'd like you to go over each one of the tools that we used today, and I've also provided a downloadable cheat sheet you can use to remember each one of the tools and hot key to launch the tool. Once you're feeling confident about part ones tool, go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 6. 05 toptools part2: All right, welcome back to part two of the top tools section. Hopefully, now you have a good grasp of the first half of the tool panel, and now let's dive right into the second half. Smudge tool again. More photography. Your digital painting. Same with the burn or dodge tool sponge tool. We won't be messing around that much at all. The pencil can definitely come in handy. If you're trying to make your own shapes, just select it and then you click drag out. And there's different ways to customize and play around the handles and really get a great shape together. If you wanted to to use for textiles or other products based things like that, so feel free to play around with the pen tool. We will have a course coming up on textiles, so stay tuned for that. Depending on when you're watching a video, it might already be out, but just you know, we will be covering the pen tool in detail while making custom designs. So we had the textile, which is really cool. Obviously, it's used a lot in social media campaigns or website creation or logo creation, for ah, for your business. So the's air Ah, these air good tools to know there's a whole bunch of options as faras using different fonts, using different settings for the font. Yeah, ways to manipulate the font so that it can be custom made. And yet, once again, we have another advanced tutorial coming up. If it's not already here on graphic design, which is going to go into detail on how to use this text tool? No, we have the pointer tools down here, the path selection, that direct selection. He's kind of come in handy when you're using the pen tool. Um allows you to customize and already created shape. On the next up, we have the shape tool, so this is kind of like the marquee tool on steroids. It's got a bunch of different preset shapes that allows you to quickly make custom shapes like buttons, for instance, by just choosing the round rectangular, dragging it out and letting it go and you can play around with with the stroke, for instance, you could give it a white stroke or blue stroke or read stroke, and you can put text inside of there so you can see how that could quickly make a nice button. Um, and tons of other stuff. So that's a quick overview on the shapes tool. I definitely use this line to a lot to draw out. Um, just accurate straight lines. So it's a quick way to do that. Just gonna command z out all that stuff. So that brings me down to this little gadget down here. Um, so if I click that, basically, this is the edit toolbar button. So if I go to this, it's going to allow me to remove a lot of the stuff that I don't use. So if you really wanted to simplify your workflow, all you have to do is come into here. And like I said, there, I'm not. I never used the art board tool so I could just move that into extra tools. And then it disappears from my toolbar. I never used the hell brush tool. So let's find that. Or is the hell brush to Aereo? Gone? Never used this one gone. Never used this one gone. So you get the point. You can very easily customize your stuff. And if you ever decide you wanna come back and use one of these, you can pull it right back in. All right, So next up, we have this little gadget down here. So these little black and white over laid buttons here, um, basically will default your color, pat your color palettes of black and white. So I'll click that. And it will just go to default black and white, this little arrow thing. If I tuggle that on and off, we'll just switch between my foreground and background color. And then, obviously, if you go in here, you can just click on these and manually change your foreground and background color and the purpose of these er basically, just to allow you at any time to have two colors to play with and again to change these, you can also go up, Teoh the Eyedropper tool and select something that's already existing in your document, which definitely comes in Andy a lot. Then we have a little mask button down here. We're not really gonna get into that right now. We'll get into it in the future when it makes a little more sense, and then we're back to our views. So this allows you again to go to the three different views. So that's a quick run through through the tool bars. I know I went pretty fast through those. I just wanted to introduce you to those tools so that you can start playing around with, um and and just by practicing with them, you're gonna learn a lot. So for this lessons exercise, I'd like you to go over each one of the tools that we used today. And I've also provided a downloadable cheat sheet you can use to remember each one of the tools and hunt key to launch the tool. I'm really happy you guys are sticking with photo shop and stay tuned for some more fun episodes coming up. 7. 06 layers panel part 1 : So in this tutorial, I'm gonna go over the layers palette, both how to use it and how to keep it. Organized layers allow a designer toe have complete control over different aspects of their design. Not only do layers allow a designer to manipulate their layers separately, but they also allow a designer to build a multi level composition, producing very beautiful and realistic designs. So let's take a look at the basics of using layers. So before we dive into all the great things about layers, let's first figure out how to see them how to pull it up. So I'm gonna go up here to window and then down here, two layers. Now you'll notice over here it says F seven. So that would be the shortcut. Um, at least for a Mac computer, you mean you to double check that if you're using a PC? So I'll click that and you can see this entire huge jumble of panels came in For some reason. When I click on layers up there, it also brings in all these other ones associated with it. But just to fix that, I'm just gonna pull it off, delete these and then I'm left with a nice, simple layer panel. So before we get into too many specifics, I just want to show you the basics of how to create, remove and edit a layer. So let's go into this little icon down here. If I click that icon, have just made a new layer, I can click it as many times as I want to you and I can either hit delete or this little trash bucket down here. Do you want to delete the layer? Yes, or if I just hit, delete or backspace, delete it as well. Now, obviously, the great thing about layers is that you can do things to certain layers that don't affect other parts of your design. So let's say I want to fill this with greedy int and then make a new layer. And maybe I want to feel that with different radiant Um, and then I want to just see which one I like the a little bit more. Or maybe I want to take the opacity down on this layer so that they kind of blend together so you could see that, um, graphically, this is huge as faras mixing colors mixing shapes, making lighting. Just on and on the list goes, and this is one of the most powerful things about Photoshopped. So I kind of jumped the gun there and started talking about opacity. So just to go further with that, obviously opacity just gives you a slider and allows you to determine how opaque or transparent a single layer is so pretty straightforward. Um, we also have a locking mechanism. So if I didn't want this bottom layer to be moved around or edited, I could always just lock it and then I wouldn't be able to do anything to it anymore. So you can see that I have a big slash going through my tool right now. It's telling me that I cannot edit this layer, Um, so you can always just turn that on and off. By doing that, Phil is something I never really used. It kind of gives me the same effect as the opacity does, so you can play around with each and use whichever one you like. So there are a lot more things going on inside of this layer pallet that you don't really need to understand right now. If you do decide to get into more advanced techniques and more advanced courses that we offer. You'll probably learn a lot more about this layer pallet. But for now, just understanding these basics is really gonna take you along. And I think the best way to show you what those are is to move into a practical example. All right, so here I have this calm pope in, um, I just have three layers and the background layer, so I turn these off. I'm just left with this white background. If I turn that off, I have nothing For the purposes of this lesson. I'm just gonna have my move tool selected. I can have V to get that move tool up. And then I'm just gonna start turning these on one by one. Now you can see that there's a bit of an overlap between each layer Now, what if I wanted to move this purple one over? Okay, so I'm gonna try to just grab it and move it over, and you can see that it's not working. The reason is not working is because I do not have it selected. I have the green ones selected, so I'm gonna go up to this purple one. Click that and now I can move it around freely. I could be anywhere in the document and still move it around. Now what if I wanted to move? Both are two or three of Thea layers at once. Well, I just have to hold shift and then I can select two layers or three layers and then it. If I want to de select, I can hit command and that will de select. So let's just select these two. And I could move these around and be honest, like three. Move all three of them around or back to one and just move on her. So let's talk about layer order. You can see that right now the purple layer is on top, the black layers in the middle and the green layer is below. And just as it set up here on the right side, top to bottom is reflected over here in the campus as well. So if I move the purple one down beneath the green one just by grabbing and dragging it down, it will now be behind the green one. If I want to put the green one above the black one and just need to move that up. There you go. So you can see how this is really effective when you want to move furniture around for, for example, or lights or anything that has to do with an interior. It's really important to know how to layer these. Ah, these different pieces. So another cool feature that Photoshopped has is an auto select option. Now, what I like to do is I like to have my auto select actually checked off, right, because if I auto select and I go around, I can I can select any of these if I have it on. But what if I just wanted to move the black one and I accidentally selected something else that I don't want to move, but I'm trying to just target that one? Um, it just can get a little confusing if you have a tunnel airs. So what I liked that do is I like to have it unchecked, and then all I need to do when I want to auto select something is hold command so and you'll see this little box pop up, hold command or control. If you're using Ah, pc, um, And then will allow me to just kind of pick anything I want. So again, you wanna have this auto select unchecked. You wanna have layer chosen And that a little value. Teoh, hold commander Control to select anything. You point it. So another feature I use a lot one designing is duplicating a layer. So what if I wanted to? Black layers. I could select my black lair and go upto layer duplicate layer. But the titch takes time. I don't like to leave my train of thought when I'm designing. So instead of doing that, I'm gonna hold Ault and then just drag my layer down. And then if I had V which brings up the move tool, I can now move my new layer around. All right, so you probably noticed this less was a little bit longer than some of the other ones. And that is for a reason. The layers palette is huge in designing anything. So I really want you guys to get a grasp on this to make sure you do. I'm gonna give you pretty big exercise for this one, so just make sure that you go through it, and you understand each aspects that we've gone over. Step one. Add the layer panel to your custom workspace. Step to practice making and removing layers. Step three. Practice locking and reducing the opacity of the layers. Step for open and practice file called Layering Basics and play with Layer Order Duplication and Auto Select Step five. Download This lessons, Cici. Once again, Thanks for being here. Hope you guys are starting to build a nice, strong base and foundation of photo shop that you can continue to build on. And if you're following along these exercises and everything is going great, then you probably you're doing that. If you do have any questions, make sure to leave me a comment. Let me know how I'm doing here, and we'll see in the next lesson. 8. 07 layers panel part 2: So let's put these principles to use in a real life example. So here's a few elements that I brought in from my desktop, where I'm going to use them to build a room. So I'm gonna turn my room later on here. And this was pre built, and I just want to show you how I would move furniture around with within it. So again, if you hold command or control and you click on the individual objects, you'll see that, um, like the art pieces selected. So let's go ahead and move that again. I had vite for my move. Tool. I'm gonna hold command and click on my couch. That's gonna select my counter. There, there. Move that down. Uh, click here. Click of that there, Command, click here. And you see, this is why Lair order is important because you need things, certain things to be in front of other things. So I can now move this table up above the chair later there and it pops right in front. Uh, now let's select my rug. Move that and that's nice goods behind both the couch and the table There, click my light. Oops, Smooth that down here. Cool. So that's looking pretty good. Um, again, if I wanted a Nestle it and behind the couch, I'd have to move it down here below the council. It it disappeared and is overlapping behind the couch. Now, one other thing I want to do is take this shelving and move it over. So for this situation, I just want to duplicate it. I'm gonna hold halt, dragged down that's going to duplicate the Layer V again. And now I'm gonna move it laterally by holding shift, and that's gonna keep it a linear movement. You can see the lines being created as I do that. Now, if I, like, go shift, it just it goes kind of crazy. So if I hold shift and drag it over, it's going to stay lined up with where I'm dragging it from. So lastly, I just want to talk about organization. Now, we only have, like, six or seven different pieces here, but in a lot of interiors, we're gonna have so much more we're gonna have vases and plants and who knows what else. So just to stay organized, it's really important to try to categorize these different elements. so that you can find them quickly if you want to move them or change their order, etcetera. So So let's just say that we want everything that is currently attached to the back wall in its own group. So we got the art piece we have. We have the shelves copy. So it's this. Move that art piece back with shelves, and then I'm gonna hold, shift and select each one of these. And then if I hit command or control G, that's gonna group. So now I have them in a nice, neat group. I'll just go ahead and name that group by double clicking on the name. So let's just talk about the light. Get the light. It's right next to the chair. So that might be a nice group toe. Have command G rights and I have them. I got my table that kind of stands alone. I'm gonna leave that alone and then the rug underneath. All that stuff is by itself to now. Maybe I just wanted to one more group. Hold shift, Command G. And then I have this entire group of furniture on its own on its own layer. You can see that by organizing like this, it could really save you a lot of time. And also remember that the fewer layers you have in a photo shop document, the smaller the Photoshopped documents. Overall size is gonna be so. If you're worried about keeping a good amount of space on your computer and you don't want it to fill up with a lot of extra stuff, make sure to delete those images that you're not using for the design anymore. And lastly, taking that into account, we can reduce the amount of layers we have by merging them together. So, for instance, I have my back wall here, and I don't need these shelves to be on separate layers, so I'll just hold shift. So, like them both, All right, click. I'll go down here to merge layers and that takes one layer in, turns it or two layers and turns it into one. So that's another effective way to keep your cop size low and to also organize very effectively. Alright guys. So we made it through the layers panel and organizing layers on the good news is the hard part is pretty much over at this point. Understanding this panel will take you Miles and Miles. So I've added this exercise file too. This lesson. So I want you to open it up. How much to go through this entire tutorial and try it out yourself? So just put the furniture where needs to be and organize your layers and try to pay attention to the shortcuts or hot keys that you learned in this lesson. This was a big lesson. So just make sure that you guys get this one before you move forward. Give yourself a pat on the back. If you can get this far. This stuff isn't rocket science, but it's not easy either. If you get stuck, sent us a message in the Facebook group, and either myself or somebody else in the group is going to get back to you, and we're all gonna get through this together. 9. 08 the transform tool: all right, so this course would not be complete unless I talked about the Transform tool. I decided to give it its own lesson just because it's so important and I use it all the time. It's really the best manipulation tool out there. Or at least that photo shop has. So to get started. When you have a shape like this, all you have to do is hit command or control T, and that will call up the transform tool. Um, this allows you to scale road, say, move around and, ah, do a lot of cool stuff. This anchor point here is also important. You can see here if I move the anchor point to the left and old cult, I will scale to that anchor point. Now if I hold Ault and shift the object scales uniformly and will keep its shape. I just hold shift Ah, and scale down. The image will scale towards its opposite corner that you're dragging from. So all it is important When using anchor point, you can also hold halt and click around An anchor point will jump to wherever year mouse click iss cool. So what else do we have in the transform too. Um, in general, I don't use scale and rotate very much because the free transform does all that for me. I don't really use skew too much, but just real quick. You could see it does allow you to get some interesting shapes there and move things around . I prefer to use distort perspective in a warp. So you can see here with distort, we can kind of do the same thing that the ski was doing. Um, but you can do a lot more as well. All right, um, just playing around that a little bit. We also have the perspective tool that basically scales and edge and fits a shape into a given perspective, which is really cool when you're ah, you know, looking up, we're looking down or you have some walls that you're building back in the space perspective tools. Definitely something we're gonna be using a lot. Um, And then we have this work tool, which is really cool when you're making, like, organic shapes. Kind of, uh, you know, make light bulbs or interesting, decorated decorative shapes. So there's that, So that basically is the transform tool. One other riel quick thing on show you. I'm gonna duplicate this layer by dragging into the, uh, layers icon there. I'm at a command T. I'm gonna move this anchor point here to the side, and then when they hit flip horizontal So then we have Teoh pieces that are in perfect sequence with each other in symmetry. You could see we could also do something like this and move the anchor point way over here and then hit the horizontal, and it will just pivot right around that anchor point, which is kind of cool. Um, definitely could be handy. And if you move it up, you could do vertical flip, you know? So it helps you just kind of build a rim or other, uh, plainer surfaces. All right, well, that brings us to the end of the transform tool. Hope you guys have a good grasp on that. Just to make sure. Why don't you open up the file for this lesson and just go back over what we've learned here and play around with the transform tool? Thanks again for joining me on this lesson and we'll see you in the next one 10. 09 masking: All right, So let's talk about masks. So I'm gonna spare you all the computer jargon, all the pixel stuff, and just tell you that masks are great to work in a nondestructive way. For instance, if I wanted to erase half of this button, I could go to the eraser tool and just start erasing. The problem with that is how do I get it back? You know, I you know, if I erase a bunch of stuff and then hit Command Z and let's just say that I'm way down the line and I don't really have multiple on dues anymore. Well, then I'm pretty much out of luck, and I'm gonna have to start over. So the masks are great for working non destructively. Let me show you how to get started here. So you come down here to the bottom and there's this little masks button. So if I click that you'll see this little pixel area popped up so you can see that it's currently white, and that means positive. And if I were to fill it with black once used the paint bucket tool, you got my black selected. You can see that the entire image disappeared. And that's because I filled it with black, which is the negative. So why it is positive? Black is negative. All I need to do at this point. If I wanted to bring part of the button back, I could go to my brush tool or paint bucket to will stick with the paint bucket tool. For now, I'll switch to White and I'll bring it right back. So you're saying to yourself, Okay, well, why don't you just turn it on or off? Well, sometimes you want to remove certain parts of the image. For instance, if I take my paint Brooke paint paint brush tool, I could simply just start painting black, and I can remove specific areas. I could blend this into the background, you know, So it's very specific in that way. Great for designers, because you can try something and then turn it on or off. You know, maybe you liked it. Maybe not. Um, maybe just wanted to lead it and start over. So that's the basics of what layer masks can do, and you can do them. You can use them in all sorts of different types of layers and you'll see that down the road. So for now, I'd like to get into a quick, practical example. So this is Susie. Q. I'm not really sure what her real name is, but I think she looks like a Susie Q. And it's one of my favorite songs. So that's what it's gonna be moving right along. We have it in the background image, and it's currently locked. So to unlock the background image, what I usually do is I just come down here, drag it on top of the layers icon, and it builds Manu Layer. So that way we can Ah, we can just turn this one off and always have the original available. So what I want to do is I want to cut her out, and I want to put a greedy in behind her kind of like one of those Web banners or about me pages. You kind of think of it in that way. So the first thing is, I want to make a selection by hitting L. It'll give me my lasso tool, and I just want to select the part of her that I want to keep. I'm not too worried about thes fly away. Hair is right now that some of us like that come up here just trying to get some of that in there. All right, so that's pretty good. So now that I have my selection of what I want to keep all I need to do come down here and hit the mass tool and goodbye, all that other stuff. Now you can see the edges kind of nasty. So this is the other great thing about layer masks. I can come in here now. I use the paintbrush tool, and, um, I want to remove this green area. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna paint negative into that area. Someone switched to black. I have black selected. Um, if I'm using the paint brush tool, I can come up here and just pick whether I want a hard brush or soft brush. You can also change the size of your paintbrush by, uh, using your bracket keys. So left bracket goes down, bright bracket goes up, and then let's just paint, uh, paints that green stuff away. And having a nice and soft is also gonna help me blend into my background. Once I added in Okay, so you can see there's just nicely removing that I don't want to remove too much. Otherwise, she'll just look like a blurry mess and down here, take care some of this stuff they're definitely other ways of getting rid of this. For instance, you could use the magic wand tool tryto pinpoint some of these green areas and removal. So that's looking pretty good for now. Let's Ah, let's test it and try to add a background color. So I'm just going to use the Grady in tool and I have this orange up there so that will be fine for now. Just dragged out. So that looks pretty cool. Um, so you can still see a little bit of green in there. I'm gonna paint brush. And so I'm gonna actually create Use my larger brush and again it's very soft. I want to try to feather the far side of her hair a little bit more so that some of that background color almost looks like it's interacting with her, which makes it feel like she's actually a part of the environment rather than a cut out. So, yeah, that's the basic idea for later masks. Um, go on here and really refine this. But I'm going to spare you guys that and let you play around with it again. We can always come in here and disable or enable. And if we wanted to, um, you know, if we had cut too much out, we could always try to bring it back by just painting with White. I'm gonna put Susie Q in the lesson files. So I'd like you to open this up for homework and ah, do exactly what we just did here. Thanks again for joining me, and we'll see in the next lesson. 11. 10 adjustment layers: Alright, guys. So I want to talk to you about a very important tool. Um, and it's called. Well, they're called adjustment layers. I just want to give you fair warning. I'm not gonna go through all of them. One of the promises I make to you guys is that I'm only going to focus on things that I think are important in your design career. I'm trying to cut out all the fluff and just make sure that we're focusing on things that are gonna move you forward quickly. So I don't want to get into all the other extra stuff that Photoshopped has to offer. I only want to focus on the things that I use personally, and I think that will help you. So that being said, let's go into interior copy on the select that now you confined adjustment layers appear in the layer and you can come down here to new adjustment layer. So this is where they all live. Now, if you didn't want to go in there, you could quickly come down here to this little Icahn this round circle. Click that and you have everything in there as well. So to begin with. I'm looking at this image, and I feel like it's pretty dark. It's kind of dull. So I think it's got a little too much red going on, and I think it could be a little brighter. So I'm gonna show you quickly how I would deal with those issues. So first I'm gonna go down here. I'm gonna go first to curves brighten it up a little bit. Now, some people use levels, Some people use exposure and you're welcome to try those out. I particularly like curves because it gives me multiple options within this little graph over here, for instance, I could select a point here. Now this would be mid tones. This bottom point would be darks. So if I wanted to bring the blacks and the image up, I could do that. Or if I wanted to bring the lights down, I could do that and you could make multiple points inside of here. So you really have total control inside the levels and exposure you're basically given to sliders, which doesn't give you much control, in my opinion. So let's, uh, let's let's just remember that start over so curbs and what I want to do is bring the highlights of not too concerned about what's going on outside. So I don't mind. That gets a little blown out and I want to bringing the darks. I don't I think the darks are pretty good where they are. So let's look at the Midtown's. Maybe we can drop those down slightly, also a little too dark. So let's bring him up. And the whole point is we want people to see our interior. So that's my focus right now is just to try to get everything, all the furniture, all the products into, ah, into visibility. Now you'll notice. You know, my light is very hard to read at this point, so I want to see if I can try to make that a little bit more parents so you can see that the adjustment layers they all come with this little mask. And as we learned in the masks tutorial that we can remove or add to the effect by using this mask. So let's go to the brush tool, and, uh, what I want to do is just try to see if I can get get this bulb more parent so I'm just going to paint black into my mask, which will remove the effect. It might be a little bit too harsh. So So I'm just gonna paint white back into the mask and bring some of this bulb back. And this is gonna be kind of tricky to get exactly what I want. So let's try to remove it from behind the light instead of removing it from the light itself. And the key here is to use a nice soft brush and you can even reduce the capacity of the brush. And you can toggle between these background foreground layers by hitting X. Okay, All right, so that's getting a little bit better, a little dark in there. I think the important thing is I can see both sides of the bulb. So that's that highlight over there is apparent. And, yeah, so that's pretty good. I think client would get the idea there, So this is looking pretty cool. Let's see what else we use. Like I said, I feel like the images just a little too red. So, um, toe work with that? I like to use color balance. So here we can either bring up the Reds like this or we can bring them the other way, make more science. So when I bring up the science, it's starting to get a little green. So I want to remove green and bring in more magenta. But again, it's starting to get a little to read again. So lastly, I can either, ah, bring up the yellows to fix that. Or maybe I want to take it the other way and get more blue with it. That makes it a little bit more sharp. And again, if we had a, let's, say, a red pillow in the scene that we didn't want to reduce, and we really wanted that product of pop, we could always paint it out like again. We have a mask up here, so let's see if there's anything else in here worth talking about. Um, Vibrance is cool, tend to when I finish a piece, I come into vibrance and to see if there's anything it could do for me. It tends to and increased contrast a little bit with that and then saturation tool in here . You can play between these two and just see, see what works. All right, so Let's see what else we give Color, pounds, hue and saturation that comes in Andy. Sometimes you just want to adjust saturation. Uh, our brightness. And he was kind of something you probably wouldn't use much, But you can adjust, like, basically the filter, the overall hue of the entire image. But let's set that to zero. So, in general, those of the only adjustment layers that I use consistently over and over again. Um And the nice thing is, you you can dial a menu if you feel like one of these is a little too heavy handed or, you know, you want to just step back a little bit, You can always come here, come in here in the opacity and just drop that down. And I'm just play with different looks. Just group these command G. No, I could turn layered on and off just to see that before and after image. So hopefully you guys now have a good idea of how adjustment layers work, where to find them. And I really I opened the door up to you to play around with many as you want. Just cause I don't use some of these doesn't mean, you might not find them interesting or useful, so please don't hesitate to try him out. I'm going to put this file in the lesson folder. So until next time, take care, guys, we'll see in the next lesson. 12. 11 blending modes: Hey, guys. So welcome to blending modes. Let's talk about him a little bit. So blending modes air kind of an awesome feature of Photoshopped on what they do is basically allow you to blend pixels between two different layers or photos. And you could just get a lot of really cool results quickly. So let me show you what I mean. And this folder here I have ah, this gray shale tile down here and appear I have a greedy appears where you can find the blending mode settings within the layer panel. So right now set to normal. So in this blending mode list, each group within this list has different functions. For instance, this first group here is all about adding darkening effects to the image. So if I turn on multiply there, you can see that it as dark in the original down. The second group is all about lightning and adding lighting effects. So let's try screen so you can see how that brightened it up. The third group here is all about kind of combining these two together and different, really cool ways, so overlay, for example, and then next is the this group here, which is kind of interesting. It actually is a different bunch of different ways of inverting the image so you can get some pretty interesting effects here, which could be fun. Ah, and then finally you have color. So color effects down here and we actually use the one called color a lot, especially when we want to add a certain color to a texture. Think about trim for your room and stuff like that are changing the wall colors and what not? Speaking of which, let's take a look at the second example. So here I have a nice room. Um, and I can open up this this example and we can see that they have a room on one layer. And I have created these, um, sectional solid colors in certain areas. So I have this one covering the floor, and I have this one cub covering the wall. So if I look at, let's say one of these at a time now, what I want to do in this situation is changed the floor color from black and white to a more kind of like a cherry red, so you can see off the bat if I just added the color to this layer. It's not working, so that's when blending modes really come in handy. Let's just see what happens when I go through the different blending modes. Now I can cycle through all these by making sure I have the move tool selected. And then I have to just hold shift and I can use the plus and minus buttons. That's a Mac trick. If you're on a PC, you may be able to use the arrow buttons as well. So let's go. Let's just start hitting the plus button here and you can see that I'm getting some different results. But you're kind of all interesting in their own way. Um, and a lot of times I'm not exactly sure which blending mode is gonna be working the best. So I like to just cycle through him like this. One looks kind of cool, soft light, but it's not exactly the color I'm going for, so see, that's getting closer. But you can notice over here on the left that it's getting a little bit foggy. Keep going through. That's just weird. And now we're getting into colors. So, uh, this is the one I really like to use when I'm changing, colors were adding a specific color to an already existing photo. Um, it's called color blending mug, so that makes sense. And what it does is it just overlays the color on top of your photo, and it gives you the exact color based on the tone of the photo. So, for instance, if I reduce the opacity of this photo, in other words, making it lighter, you can see that the color is staying. The correct Hugh, however, its tone is changing, so that really comes in handy when you're trying Teoh get a specific look. Ah, we can use the same trick for the wall color as well. You'll notice. Here there's a Grady int on our current wall, so it goes from very light to pretty dark over here, and you can see if I just apply the solid color. It's not picking up any of that, so I'm sure color will work. But let's just see what some of these other modes give us Simon old shift and hit plus, and so that's kind of a nice, dark, rich tone there, and you could see it that it has picked up the Grady and across just zoom in a little bit. Um, hot key for zooming on the fly is just command plus or minus and shift plus or minus is gonna tuggle are blending modes again. It was kind of interesting dark, and so these are all picking up the great aunt Nicely. However, they're not exactly the color I'm looking for, so overlays looking pretty good. But again, if I switch back to normal, you could see how different that color is. So afghanimals shift it. Plus, that's looking pretty nice. I like that hard light Look, maybe it's a little too saturated, but you can see there's a lot of choices here. And this is why blending modes of great it just gives you a lot of different looks very quickly. But I think it's really gonna come down to our color mode, and that's going to give us the exact color we're looking for. So I'm sure you guys are gonna use that a lot. You might even find some of the other blending modes useful as well. I do use multiply a lot, too, Um, when I'm darkening down an area because you get a nice rich look and lastly, if you find that you're blending motors doing almost exactly what you want, except it's a little too powerful, um, the best way to kind of control that is up here at the opacity, and you could just reduce the opacity of your layer to kind of show through to the original . So that's another great way of controlling the effect. Hopefully, you guys now have a good understanding of what blending modes could do for you and your designs. Like I said, I use these lots, especially when trying to create realistic effects and stuff like that. So I will be adding this toothy lesson files. So feel free to download it and play around with some of these effects. Thanks again for joining me here, and we'll see in the next lesson.