Join Kelbytraining.com and NAPP instructor, photographer, and best-selling author, Matt Kloskowski as he shows you how to master Photoshop Layers – one of the most revolutionary and essential features in Photoshop. In this class you will learn how to effectively and creatively use Layers to create stunning design effects and significantly enhance your photos. If you are looking to take your Photoshop, photography, and creative design skills to the next level then this is the class you have been waiting for!
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Overview of the course and what will be covered
Introduction to using layers in Photoshop
Building multi-layered documents in Photoshop
Stacking order determines what part of the layer you see and what gets covered up
This is a very important step. Make sure to save you layers
Using transparency to blend images together
Opacity goes hand in hand with transparency.
Going over the options and shortcuts of the layers palette
Using layer grouping to keep your project organized
Unlocking the background layer
Explore the various blend modes to see how they cause layers to interact
Continuing with blend modes and using them creatively.
Using the Type tool and exploring the uses of type layers in Photoshop
Advanced text options with the Type tool
Working non-destructively on adjustment layers allows you to go back and make changes
Taking adjustment layers a step further
Some more advanced techniques for use with adjustment layers
Welcome to layer masking
Layer masks allow you to make selective changes to your layers
Some layers techniques for retouching portraits
Layer styles are special effects that can be added from the Layers palette
An introduction to using shape layers
Smart objects allow us to take layers even further
Smart filters allow us to apply filters non-destructively
Placing one object into another using a clipping mask
Photoshop has great options for creating different versions of a document
Enough of this layer stuff already!
Some hints on when not to use layers
Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…