Editing layer content

A quick way to edit the content of a solid color, gradient or adjustment layer is to simply double-click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette. This will open up the layer content options specific to the type of layer you clicked on. For instance, double-clicking on a solid color layer opens the picker, a gradient layer opens the gradient fill options, etc.

12 I When you have closed the path component, begin to draw another path component on the inside of the first one. The space between these two components will eventually be filled with black to create a black outline to define the figure, keep this in mind as you carefully create your path components. When you've completed the inside component, ensure that it is still selected and then choose the subtract from path area function in the tool options bar. Control(PC)/ Command(Mac)-click on an area of the canvas that contains no path to ensure that no single path component is selected.

Tracing Photographs

Tracing Photographs

13 I With your path visible (yet no single component selected) on the canvas, create a new, solid color layer from the menu at the bottom of the layers palette. Choose a black color from the picker and click OK. This creates a new solid color layer that is masked by your path, essentially a shape layer. You'll notice, once again, that the pen tool is now set to create shape layers in the tool options bar, leave it like this. Enable the add to shape area option in the tool options bar.

14 I Reduce the opacity of the layer to 25% in the layers palette. The logic for doing this will reveal itself very soon. Use the pen tool to draw additional closed path components within the solid color layer's vector mask, where you want black to appear. These components will reveal the black of the solid color layer. The reason why the opacity of the layer is reduced is because, as you draw within a vector mask on a layer like this, the components effects become visible as you go, even before they're closed, and it can become visually distracting as you work.

100 Photography Tips

100 Photography Tips

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