THE CREATIVE POWER OF PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
Instructor: Bev Pettit
One full month, 2 Lessons, 6 assignments
Learn how to take your photos to the next level. Using layers with Photoshop will open up a new world of possibilities with your images. We will take you through the concept of layers step-by-step and you will learn why they are so useful in unleashing your creativity. Once you start using layers you'll wonder how you ever got by without them! This course is aimed at the beginning student.
In this course you will learn what layers are, why you would want to use them and how to use them. You will also learn how and when to use the creative tools associated with layers such as masking, tonal adjustment and blending modes. You will learn to use layers to apply many creative effects such as toning, selective color, texture overlays and adding text to your photographs. There will be assignments to help you apply what you are learning in each lesson and instructor critiques on each assignment.
So what's the big deal about Layers? Well, they are probably the most useful tools in Photoshop. They enable you to edit your photo without changing your original at all. This is called "non-destructive" editing in the industry. Nondestructive editing allows you to make changes to an image without overwriting the original image data, which is important in case you want to revert back to the original. All of your retouching (cloning, healing brush, etc.) should be done on a separate layer to allow you the flexibility of going back and changing parts of your image when and if you wish.
Think of layers as transparent sheets of acetate or plastic that you can lay over the top of each other and over the original image. You can see through the transparent areas of each layer to the layers below. Each of these transparent sheets may have an item created on it or an adjustment made to it that will show through to the original image or layer beneath. Typically a layer affects everything that is below it in a layer stack.
What makes using layers so wonderful is that any change you make on a layer can be re-edited later. With layers you can always go back to the image and change, add or delete elements or objects or adjustments to the original and still have the original in tact. Say you want to change the overall color of your image, from black and white to sepia, for instance. If you add the sepia tone to your image, save your image and then someday want to go back to the image to darken or lighten the sepia tone or change your image to a different color, ore remove the tone, you will not be able to.
In a nutshell, the big deal about layers is that by adding a layer or layers over the top of your image and making your adjustments to those new layers you would be keeping your original in its original state. You would be working nondestructively by not "destroying" your original.
This course includes TWO LESSONS with SIX ASSIGNMENTS.
LESSON ONE OUTLINE
LESSON TWO OUTLINE
HOW IT WORKS
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