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Mastering Layers: Beginner Techniques
Dave Cross
with Dave Cross
Join Dave Cross to learn how to become successful using Photoshop’s layers. Aimed at beginners, this class is designed to help you understand what a layer is, discover what types... READ MORE
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lessons: 12 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 20min
published: 2017
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Mastering Layers: Beginner Techniques
with Dave Cross
Join Dave Cross to learn how to become successful using Photoshop’s layers. Aimed at beginners, this class is designed to help you understand what a layer is, discover what types of layers exist and the ways they can be used, navigate the Layers panel, learn how to manage your layers, and much more. Understanding layers is the key to unlocking Photoshop’s tremendous capabilities for all manner of creative pursuits. By the end of this class you’ll have the confidence to take on more challenging projects. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: What is a Layer? (free course preview)
Join Dave as he introduces the class, discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow, and jumps into explaining what layers are and why they are important.
5min, 20sec
lesson 2: How Many Layers?
How many layers you’ll need will vary with each project, but using as few as is needed will keep things simple.
5min, 32sec
lesson 3: Understanding the Layers Panel
There are a few key areas within the Layers panel that you’ll need to understand.
5min, 55sec
lesson 4: How to Add Layers
Layers can be added automatically or manually as needed.
8min, 48sec
lesson 5: Organizing Your Layers
Good layer organization will help you work more efficiently over time.
4min, 57sec
lesson 6: Grouping Layers
Grouping your layers together helps with organization and provides additional functionality.
5min, 36sec
lesson 7: Layer Mask Basics
Applying a mask to a layer provides important functionality to get the most out of layers.
12min, 59sec
lesson 8: Making Masks from Selections
Sometimes it is easier to create a selection than to paint on a mask. Luckily we can convert selections into masks.
5min, 6sec
lesson 9: Layer Styles
Layer styles are special effects you can add to your layers.
9min, 55sec
lesson 10: Blending Options
From blending modes to opacity, there are additional layer features you can leverage for more control.
8min, 27sec
lesson 11: Preserving Layers
After doing all that work you’ll want to take steps to preserve your layers for future editing.
6min, 46sec
lesson 12: Wrap Up
Dave wraps up the class with some closing thoughts to help you go further with using layers.
50 sec
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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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