Organize Your Layers
this time, let's take a look at advanced layers. There's so much you can do with layers. And earlier we had a separate lesson on Layer essentials. Now we're going to dive a little deeper and let's start off with how to organize your layers. Here's a complex Photoshopped document that I created decades ago. This was the back cover for a brochure that was sent out for a seminar tour that I did. Now I've blurred a lot of the pictures that are here, and that's because they were stock photos that I don't have the rights to give to you guys. And if you purchase the course, then you get this document to play with and I couldn't have those pictures. And so therefore, that's why it looks just a little bit different. But let's take a look in the layers panel. What takes to make this document? If I simply start scrolling through my layers, you can see that there's a whole lot of them. And if you look at the pictures and layers panel a lot of them, it's hard to tell exactly where something he's us...
ed within a document, and I'm not even halfway done going through my layers panel, and I could see this image has already been simplified because in one piece there, but it just keeps going and going and going. So if you create a complex document and you open it up months later and try to work with it, it could be tough to figure out what's happening in various areas. So let's figure out how we might organize these layers. So I'm gonna start turning off layers kind of one at a time in seeing which portion of the image defects so that top most layer looks to me to be a bolt that's near the upper right corner of the document. Turn off the layer below it. It's another bolt and I can see just by the layer names. There's a total of four of them. Then I see a type player that made the text disappear and then a little bar. All right. Those seem to logically belong together because they make up the top bar in this document. So I'm gonna turn their eyeballs back on and with the bottom. Most of those layers selected, Ah, hold shift and I'll click on the top layer to get all of those layers and then I'll go to the bottom of my layers panel and I'm gonna click on the folder icon. It's not actually known as a folder. It's known as creating a group. Ah, but if I click there now, those layers look like they almost got merged into one. But in reality, they're contained within this folder, and if I click on the little arrow next to it, I can expand it to see the layers that are contained within. Now, when you have a folder which is officially known as a group, then you got to think about the way the move tool is gonna work to reposition layers. If I have an individual layer highlighted active in my layers panel, then when I go in, click it within my image in drag. I'm gonna move one layer this layer right here, choose, undo. If I want to move more than one layer at a time, I can select more than one layer. In this case, I'll select both this layer in the layer above it. Then I would be moving both of those layers. But when you use folders, if the folder itself is active. It's as if all the layers contained within it are active in, therefore with just the name of that group active. When I click and drag, everything within that group moves. And so, therefore, if organized, my document in a logical fashion, those could really help me out. So let's look at some of the other layers here. I have some texts, and I see it on the right side of the picture near the top. Then I have the photo that is above the text, and I have the white background that's supposed to make it look like a Polaroid. Then I have a shadow layer. Have the photo that would be to the left of it the little base of yet. And that makes another logical grouping, which would be those two images that are supposed to be kind of a before and after image. So with the bottom most layer of that selected, I'll hold shift to get the top one, and I'll click on the folder icon. So now, if I used my move tool when that folder is active, you see those two moving together, and then I could continue doing that for the rest of the document and just grabbing each logical grouping in putting them into a folder. Well, I've already done that. I'm gonna close this document in switch to another one. I already have open here, and that one has extensively used the folder icon, just known as a group. And let's take a look at how the images now structured. So now I have one group, which is for the top bar, just as we had before. And then I have a separate one that is for all of the Polaroids that air here in the middle and then finally have another one for the whole backdrop. But you can put a folder inside of a folder, and so I further organized this image where if I opened some of these here is one called Digital Mastery logo, and that's because the logo you see here at the bottom wasn't just one piece. It moves around us if it's one piece when that group is active. But within it is the text for the word digital taxed for the word mastery and the colorful base layer that's there as well. And if I go up here to the PLO rides those have been organized into Here are Polaroids that originally featured a picture of cars which are there here's ones that had a house and so on. So each grouping is in there. Then, if you want, you can get much more detailed, and it really depends. And how many people are gonna be accessing this document in needing to truly understand how it's made? Or how often are you going to need to do the same to figure out how many of thes groups you might want to use? But if I open this up here, the one called Khar Polaroids, which are these two are then divided up into the individual red car that was here in the yellow car that was there. And I don't think they go any more than that. Yeah, but you can see that you can put a folder inside of a folder. You just select multiple layers that were inside of an existing group and click that folder icon to create another. Now that also effects how another feature and Futter shop works. If I'm in the move tool, there's an option near the top of my screen called Auto select, and I mentioned in the lesson that was about layers that I prefer to have that turned off. And therefore, when I click within my image to drag, it does it never changes which layer is active without me purposely trying to do so and that I end up using auto select manually in the way you can do that is when you're on the move tool, you can hold down the command key that's control on Windows and click on something. And if you do, it's the equivalent. Having auto Select turned on just for the moment of time that you command, click on your image control clicking and windows in their four. I can target a layer, and it's nice. Could it expands all the groups down to where you can see that particular layer? But you should be aware that there is an option up here right next to the auto Select Check box is a choice called layer or group. If this is set to group, then when I command click on my image or you have Auto Select turned on manually. Then when I come over here and I command click instead of getting an individual layer selected, it's going to select the top most group that contains that layer, and therefore I could move this shoes undo. Or if I come down here and target one of these Polaroids, it's gonna grab the top most group. And that one contains all the Polaroids. And what that means is that sometimes you can use too many of those folders if you want to be able to very quickly target and move things. And in this case, I think having this many is a bit excessive. And so what I might do here is I might expand a few of these and get it so I can see the individual Polaroid groupings, and I can select them. If I hold down the command key control on Windows and click within my layers panel. I could select the deeper individual Polaroids and then dragged them up in my layers panel so that they're no longer in those sub folders, and I can grab that base sub folder and throw it away, and it looks like I didn't get all of them out of there. Looks like there was still one in there. Probably those Yeah, grab those and drag him out and then throw that away. So I think this is around the right level of organization because now when I have Auto Select set to group, I can come in here and grab these individual polarize and move them around, which is what I might want to do when working with this layout. If you see all those pink numbers and guides those air called smart guides and if they bother you because they're rather excessive in this particular document, feel free to go to the View menu and here under show. There's a choice called Smart Guides, and you could turn that off and now those pink lines wouldn't show up. But at this level, I think it's just right for me where I can adjust my layout as needed. And if I needed to move more than one Polaroid at a time and whenever you're using auto select. If you hold down the shift key, you could make more than one active. So, for instance, if I make this one active and then usually I click over here and separately get that one. If I hold shift when I click now, I'm getting both, or I hold shift and I grabbed. This is well in this is well, so I could easily really manage things and grab many different layers. I just have to keep in mind with Auto Select. Is it set to grab an individual layer, or is it select to grab a group? And if it is grabbing a group, it's always gonna grab what you might call the ultimate parent of whatever later you're clicking on. So if it goes back and finds the, um, you know, the kind of base level group that that layer is contained within, you can always hold, shift and click on additional areas and therefore select additional groups, so you'll see me switching between group and layer, depending on the document and what I really needing to do.