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Mastering Layers: Advanced Techniques
Dave Cross
with Dave Cross
Become more effective using layers in Photoshop! Join Dave Cross as he builds on his previous class to teach you more advanced ways to leverage the power of layers. In this class y... READ MORE
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lessons: 13 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 20min
published: 2017
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Mastering Layers: Advanced Techniques
with Dave Cross
Become more effective using layers in Photoshop! Join Dave Cross as he builds on his previous class to teach you more advanced ways to leverage the power of layers. In this class you’ll learn how to use shape-based masks, vector masks, layer comps, advanced layer blending options, powerful ways to use smart objects, and much more. Dave wraps up the class sharing some of his favorite keyboard shortcuts for working with layers that you can implement in your workflow right away. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Locking and Filtering Layers (free course preview)
Join Dave as he introduces the class and jumps into a lesson on locking and filtering layers.
6min, 14sec
lesson 2: Shape-Based Masks
Shape-based clipping masks can be useful for a number of applications.
6min, 23sec
lesson 3: Layer Masks and Vector Masks
Beyond the basics, there are a number of ways to take advantage of these masks.
4min, 53sec
lesson 4: Layer Comps
Layer Comps have been around for awhile, but their use is not obvious.
7min, 9sec
lesson 5: Knockout
An advanced blending option in the layer style dialog that makes your layers interact in a different way.
4min, 38sec
lesson 6: Blend If
Another advanced blending option allows you to create transparency based on brightness values in your photo.
7min, 22sec
lesson 7: Smart Objects: Basics
Smart objects are incredibly powerful function of the Layers panel.
8min, 14sec
lesson 8: Smart Objects: Raw Photos
You can also embed a raw photo from Camera Raw or Lightroom as a Smart Object.
5min, 58sec
lesson 9: Smart Objects: Templates
With the ability to replace the contents of a smart object you can use them to create re-usable templates.
3min, 42sec
lesson 10: Smart Objects: Smart Filters
Applying filters to smart objects creates a smart filter, which gives you a lot of power.
9min, 52sec
lesson 11: Retouching Techniques
Layers give you a lot of flexibility in your retouching workflow.
9min, 26sec
lesson 12: Keyboard Shortcuts for Layers
Dave shares his favorite layer keyboard shortcuts.
6min, 40sec
lesson 13: Closing Thoughts
Dave wraps up the class with some closing thoughts on using layers.
21 sec
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Dave Cross
meet  Dave Cross
Photoshop Hall of Famer & One of the Original "Photoshop Guys"
For over 25 years Dave Cross has been helping creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor, and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave is known for his engaging style, humor, and ability to make complex topics easy to understand. Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2009.
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