Photoshop Tutorial for Fashion Design (04/24) Menus - Layer, Select, Filter, View, Window, Help

Uploaded by DesignersNexus on 05.01.2011

The Layer menu allows you to apply various settings and modifications to the layers in your document.
Use the Layer command to create a new layer,
duplicate a layer,
delete your layer,
adjust layer properties,
apply layer styling,
hide layers,
arrange layer stacking order,
align layers,
lock them,
link them together,
merge your layers,
and finally flatten your image.
You can also create a new layer through your selection.
Layer > New
You can either create a new layer via Copy or via Cut.
There's a fun feature in Layers menu:
Layer Style command.
It allows you to create different effects for your layers like Drop Shadow,
Inner Glow,
Contour your layer.
We will be covering these features in more details.
However, just like anything else
I encourage you to play with this feature and explore it on your own.
While Layer menu is very useful,
most of its features and commands could be found in the Layers palette.
If you click on the option arrow on the top right corner
or right click on the layer,
use icons at the bottom of the palette,
as well as some tools.
Use Selection tool,
and I can "Layer via Copy" or "Layer via Cut",
and Move tool, give me access to aligning layers in the option bar.
And finally, Layer Styling
can be accessed by simply double clicking on the layer.
The Select menu controls how images and areas of images are selected.
Use the Select menu to select all of an image,
to deselect the selection,
inverse your selection,
select areas by color range,
and apply transformation to selected boundaries.
Next to the Select is the Filter menu.
It is used to change the appearance of images by applying various effects
The Filter menu contains categories such as Artistic,
Blur, Brush Strokes, Distort and more.
All of that could be accessed through Filter Gallery.
This feature's hardly used in fashion industry
but it allows you to be creative and maybe add a WOW! factor to your presentation.
We encourage you to play with it on your own.
The View menu allows you to manage how the document is viewed.
Use it to zoom in or out of your document,
or my favorite "Fit on Screen"
that allows me to maximize my workspace,
preview actual image pixels
or print size.
Set different modes,
I prefer Standard Screen Mode,
and display Extras, like Grid.
You can access Grid preferences
like subdivisions and color
through the Preferences menu.
I prefer eight subdivisions which will equal one-eighth of an inch
and change color to slightly darker.
You can also hide
or display your Rulers.
And finally, manage your Guides
by locking them, creating new or deleting.
In the Window menu, you can arrange how document windows are displayed.
You can cascade them, tile them horizontally or vertically.
As you can see, all my open documents are now nicely arranged in my workspace.
In addition, you can create a new window for the active document.
This feature is very useful when you work on an image in the zoom mode
but still want to see how the changes that you've made affect the entire document.
Workspace submenu can be very useful.
Everything that you seen on the screen, aside from your documents, is the part of the workspace
like tools,
menubar and palettes.
Right now we are working in the Default Photoshop Workspace
which can be customized to meet your own needs
and saved for the future use.
Your custom workspace presets will be listed at the bottom of the menu.
I will be talking more about workspace when we get to Palettes.
The next important segment in the Window menu is the list of palettes
that can be added to or removed from your workspace.
Whenever you need to work with a specific palette and it's not displayed on your screen,
you can find and activate it in your Window menu.
At the bottom of your Window menu
you will find the list of currently open documents
with the active document checked.
You can change it by clicking and selecting another document to activate.
Just like any other software, the Help menu has all the information
about the program, tools and features.
That concludes our section about the top menubar
and in the next segment we will explore the Tool Palette.