Graphics Programs Reference
As Photoshop has continued to evolve, so has its ability to offer
powerful layer management. When creating complex designs,
such as website mock-ups or print advertisements, it is important
to maintain control over your design. This includes naming all
your layers, as well as creating relationships or linking between
them. Depending on which version of Photoshop you are using,
you may find slight differences in layer behavior.
New Layer Behaviors in CS6
If you've selected multiple layers,
you can make several changes at
once. For example, you can now
change the label or blending mode
for more than one layer at a time.
To get some pr a ct ice, open C h0 8 _ L ayer_O rg a n i z a t ion.psd f from
the Chapter 8 folder. This file contains several color-coded layers
that you will manipulate (the color coding identifies layers that will
interact with each other). You might want to change the color of
layers in your own documents to better organize them. To change
the label color of a layer, right-click it and choose the new color.
You c a n a l s of c ho of s e f r om a l i s t of def a u lt c olor s t of l a b el t he l aye r.
Selecting Multiple Layers
One of the first skills to learn is how to select multiple layers. In
the Ch08_Layer _Organization.psd file, select the Right Foot and
Left Foot layers (which are color-coded red). Hold down the Shift
key and click to select multiple contiguous layers or hold down the
Command (Ctrl) key to select noncontiguous layers.
Linking layers creates a family relationship. When one of the fam-
ily moves, the others move along with it (the same goes for scale
and rotation). You link two layers together to create a relation-
ship of particular elements that need to react to one another. For
example, if you had a logo and text that you wanted to scale at the
same time, you'd link them together.
1. Link the Right Foot to its companion Left Foot. You can click
multiple layers to select them using the techniques mentioned
in the preceding section.
2. With both layers selected, they are temporarily linked; simply
use the Move tool to reposition both layers.
3. To ma ke t he con nect ion per s i st when you deselect t he layer s ,
click the link (chain) icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.