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7

Using layers – guide excerpt

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Magazine, by The Photoshop Creative Team
April 7, 2011

The Photoshop layer system has evolved into a comprehensive and sometimes fairly complex system of image adjustment and creation. Including the newest features showcased in Photoshop CS5, there are numerous ways of doing much the same thing, so understanding what all the options actually do if you are new to the system can be confusing. In this tutorial we’re going to look at typical uses for the layer system in creating an image including blend modes, layer options, objects, groups and transparency. To this mix Adobe has also added adjustment …

The Photoshop layer system has evolved into a comprehensive and sometimes fairly complex system of image adjustment and creation. Including the newest features showcased in Photoshop CS5, there are numerous ways of doing much the same thing, so understanding what all the options actually do if you are new to the system can be confusing. In this tutorial we’re going to look at typical uses for the layer system in creating an image including blend modes, layer options, objects, groups and transparency. To this mix Adobe has also added adjustment layers where filters and effects can be applied and selectively masked so that areas that don’t need it can be blocked off. So, as well as the layer styles and modes, the tutorial will also cover using some of the more useful adjustment layers. The main project is a scrapbook spread that you might typically put together with images of the kids, for example, as a present for an older relative. The starting point is to create an A3 sheet at 300dpi, but run it as a spread so that there is plenty of room for portrait orientated photos to be added. We’ll also be using the Type tool to add some fancy writing. Remember, a Photoshop image starts with the Background layer, and then every layer above it is applied to the image according to the rules and specifications of that layer, object or adjustment.