Photoshop Layer Board Everyone is very familiar with, what else can not know?! This article introduces some of the layer editing and management techniques that are rarely noticed but useful. These techniques include filling opacity, multiple masks and smart objects, adjusting layers, shortcut keys, advanced blending options, layers palette options, and more.
1. Fill Opacity
Fill opacity reduces the opacity of one layer's content and does not reduce the visibility of the layer style. Therefore, layer styles such as gradient overlays are best set to overlay mode to keep the layer penetrating.
2. Layer Group shortcut keys
When you have many layer groups in your file and are nested, consider using the following shortcuts to increase your productivity:
· Hold down the CTRL key and click the arrows of the top layer group to turn on/off all top-level layer groups at once.
· Alt-click the layer group arrow to open/close all nested layer groups.
· Press and hold the Ctrl+alt key to open/close all top-level layer groups and all nested layer groups by clicking the arrows of the top layer group.
3. Multi-mask version
Do you know that you can add multiple layer masks on a layer? More precisely, you can achieve your goal by using layer group masks up to 11 pixel masks and 11 vector masks. With these 22 masks, you don't have to create smart objects all the time. Of course, on the same layer you're probably never going to be able to use so many masks, even if you find it useful to split the masks into different parts. The transparent area inside and outside the phone booth below is the use of two separate masks.
4. Quick Select Layer
When you use the Move tool, holding down the CTRL key is equivalent to automatically selecting the Layer feature, and you can even use this feature to make a box selection.
5. Limit adjustment Layer
Use the normal blending mode for a layer group to restrict the adjustment layer's effect on the layer group's content.