Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Kloskowski

Dear Reader:

Welcome to the photo and video download page, where you can download the same photos I used in the book so you can follow right along with the projects.

Before we get to what to do with these photos, I want to give credit to the wonderful people at iStockphoto and Fotolia. They were kind enough to let me use their amazing stock imagery in the book, but what you’re seeing here is just a tiny sample of the thousands of amazing stock photos they offer. So, please drop by their websites at and and see for yourself.

There are some shots here that aren’t from iStockphoto or Fotolia, like the photos taken by me, my family, my friends, etc., and those are downloadable here, too. Of course, the whole idea behind this book is that you’ll use these techniques on your own photos, but until you do, you can practice on these. Also, some images are not available for download due to permissions issues.

Just a quick reminder: These downloadable, low-resolution photos – from iStockphoto, Fotolia, and the other photographers who have made their photos available to you here – are licensed for your personal use only in practicing the techniques shown in the book. They are not licensed for use in any other manner, including commercial projects, websites, or any other use. Thanks for honoring the copyrights of these talented photographers.

Well, that’s pretty much it. I’m truly grateful to you for buying this book and I hope you enjoy following along with these images. I think you’ll love to see just how easy it is to use layers.


-Matt Kloskowski

Video – Layer Basics

Video – Selection Basics

Video – Brush Basics

Chapter 1 – Layer Basics
Chapter 1 Downloads

Chapter 2 – Blending Layers
Chapter 2 Downloads

Chapter 3 – Adjustment Layers
Chapter 3 Downloads

Chapter 4 – Layer Masks
Chapter 4 Downloads

Chapter 5 – Type and Shape Layers
Chapter 5 Downloads

Chapter 6 – Enhancing Photos with Layers
Chapter 6 Downloads

Chapter 7 – Retouching with Layers
Chapter 7 Downloads

Chapter 8 – Layer Styles
Chapter 8 Downloads

Chapter 9 – Smart Layers
Chapter 9 Downloads

Chapter 10 – Advanced Layer Blending and Compositing
Chapter 10 Downloads

Video – Creating the Cover, Part 1

Video – Creating the Cover, Part 2