Must-know Tips for Adjustment Layers in Photoshop Hey Cafe Crew, it's Colin Smith here fromPhotoshopCAFE and today I've got something really interesting.
I'm going to give you some tips working withadjustments and adjustment layers in multiple layered documents.
So right now, I'm in the middle of the compositehere where I'm creating this guitar girl with the flames and stuff.
As you can see, the edges are rough and things.
I haven't finished yet, which is kind of halfwaythrough.
So, this is a real kind of a scenario likesay, for example, we've got the girl here and we can see that's the layer there.
And what I want to do is I want to make Lynn[00:00:30], which is the model, darker or lighter or do some curves adjustment.
So, I'm going to go down to the adjustmentlayer because we know this is the best way to work and we're going to grab a Curve Adjustment.
Now, what this Curve Adjustment, you know,I can increase the contrast by pulling it down here a little bit in the shadows, liftingit up a little bit in the highlights and just kind of play around, but there's a slightproblem here.
Notice, as I'm adjusting this, as you cansee, it's affecting all the layers.
And the reason for that is because when youapply adjustment layer, by default, it applies under every single layer underneath it.
Now there's a way we can do it to isolateit directly to this one layer and I'm going to show you two different techniques, butthis first technique is we're going to clip this, so if you look inside the Propertiespanel, and all we're going to do is double click on your adjustment, by the way.
They will open your Properties panel if it'snot already open and we can see there's our adjustments.
And if we want to affect just the layer underneath,which is our girl there, we can click on this little clip button.
Notice you'll see this little arrow and nowit's only going to affect that layer.
See that? It's not affecting anything else except forthe layer directly underneath it.
Now there's another way of getting there andit's if we hold the Alt or the Option key and move between the two layers.
You see that little square with the arrow? Click on that and that will now trickle allthe way down working its normal behavior or we can tap and notice, now, it would justaffect that one layer, so we can go in here and, you know, we could do some color correctionor whatever, just on that one layer if we wanted to do that.
All right, so that's one way that we can work.
Let me undo this and I'm going to show youanother way.
Now, typically, these adjustment layers wouldwork–actually let me just bring it back.
The problem with this, though, is if we startto move layers around, like maybe we want to go above some other layers and we startto move it around like this.
You know, we can do that, but notice we hadto grab that adjustment layer and if we would have moved this and not grab the adjustmentlayer, notice it goes above the adjustment, we lose it.
So, when we're starting to work with a lotof layers, this is not necessarily the best way to work, so let me undo this and I'm goingto show you another way.
Another way is to just right click, convertthis to a Smart Object.
And now we have a smart object and ratherthan using adjustment layers, we can just use the adjustments directly, which you'regoing to find under the Image Adjust menu.
Now we're used to doing this with Filtersbecause when we do this to a smart object, we get what's known as Smart Filters, butif we do an adjustment, we can apply that adjustment directly on here and there's thatCurves Adjustment.
Let's bring down those, maybe in the mids,maybe just bring it up a little bit, brighten that up a little, bring it down.
Let's reduce the amount of greens in thisimage a little; just pull that down a little bit and maybe do the same thing with the blues.
Let's pull those down.
And so, what we're doing right now and noticehow it's affecting just our layer like it should, and maybe we're just going to go forthe over-all RGB and just bring that down a little bit, and then we're just going toclick OK.
Now what happened, as you can see, we've gota smart filter but the adjustments worked as a smart filter so we can turn those onand off just by doing that.
When we moved this layer now, it's going totravel with it, which is really important.
And, of course, the other thing, we can doubleclick on it anytime, double click we use these curves and we can go on.
We can adjust these.
These are re-editable just like any adjustmentlayer would, so we basically got an adjustment that's working like an adjustment layer, butalso as a smart filter.
So, the advantage of that is it's keepingit with that layer and then, of course, the other thing is if we right-click over hereor we can, actually, just double click on it there.
We can bring up that Blending Options andthen we can just apply this as a Blending Mode, and we can also take the amount of itso we can take the opacity, just bring the opacity all the way down.
So that's the unedited image and then we canjust bring in a little bit of opacity and just bring in that Curve Adjustment howeverwe like, and we close, we can collapse it there.
So that's another way of working with ouradjustment, so don't ever apply an adjustment directly to that layer.
Make sure that you do it as an adjustmentlayer or if you've got a ton of layers, you might be shuffling them around, convert itto a smart object, and apply an adjustment as a smart filter.
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