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Mastering Layers in Photoshop CS4
Matt Kloskowski
with Matt Kloskowski
Join and NAPP instructor, photographer, and best-selling author, Matt Kloskowski as he shows you how to master Photoshop Layers - one of the most revolutionary an... READ MORE
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Mastering Layers in Photoshop CS4
lessons: 28 Course Lessons
duration: 2hr, 58min
published: 2008
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Mastering Layers in Photoshop CS4
with Matt Kloskowski
Join and NAPP instructor, photographer, and best-selling author, Matt Kloskowski as he shows you how to master Photoshop Layers - one of the most revolutionary and essential features in Photoshop. In this class you will learn how to effectively and creatively use Layers to create stunning design effects and significantly enhance your photos. If you are looking to take your Photoshop, photography, and creative design skills to the next level then this is the class you have been waiting for! BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Overview of the course and what will be covered

1min, 12sec
lesson 2: Layer Basics

Introduction to using layers in Photoshop

7min, 32sec
lesson 3: Adding New Layers

Building multi-layered documents in Photoshop

7min, 10sec
lesson 4: Layer Stacking Order

Stacking order determines what part of the layer you see and what gets covered up

7min, 46sec
lesson 5: Quick Tip 1: Saving Layers

This is a very important step. Make sure to save you layers

1min, 51sec
lesson 6: Layers and Transparency

Using transparency to blend images together

4min, 53sec
lesson 7: Layers and Opacity

Opacity goes hand in hand with transparency.

8min, 32sec
lesson 8: Ins and Outs of the Layers Palette

Going over the options and shortcuts of the layers palette

7min, 16sec
lesson 9: Organizing Your Layers

Using layer grouping to keep your project organized

3min, 26sec
lesson 10: Quick Tip 2: Dealing with the Background Layer

Unlocking the background layer

1min, 28sec
lesson 11: Introduction to Blend Modes

Explore the various blend modes to see how they cause layers to interact

8min, 46sec
lesson 12: Taking Blend Modes Further

Continuing with blend modes and using them creatively.

6min, 9sec
lesson 13: Creating Type Layers

Using the Type tool and exploring the uses of type layers in Photoshop

5min, 34sec
lesson 14: Advanced Settings with Type Layers

Advanced text options with the Type tool

6min, 1sec
lesson 15: Destructive vs. Non-destructive Adjustments

Working non-destructively on adjustment layers allows you to go back and make changes

4min, 51sec
lesson 16: More About Adjustment Layers

Taking adjustment layers a step further

5min, 26sec
lesson 17: Advanced Adjustment Layers

Some more advanced techniques for use with adjustment layers

7min, 26sec
lesson 18: Layer Masking Basics

Welcome to layer masking

5min, 35sec
lesson 19: Super Sharpening with Masks

Layer masks allow you to make selective changes to your layers

7min, 48sec
lesson 20: Retouching with Layers

Some layers techniques for retouching portraits

9min, 52sec
lesson 21: Special Effects with Layer Styles

Layer styles are special effects that can be added from the Layers palette

8min, 37sec
lesson 22: Using Shape Layers

An introduction to using shape layers

14min, 17sec
lesson 23: Introduction to Smart Object Layers

Smart objects allow us to take layers even further

8min, 57sec
lesson 24: Non-destructive Smart Filter Layers

Smart filters allow us to apply filters non-destructively

7min, 44sec
lesson 25: Using Clipping Masks

Placing one object into another using a clipping mask

6min, 25sec
lesson 26: Saving Versions in Layer Comps

Photoshop has great options for creating different versions of a document

5min, 25sec
lesson 27: Merging and Flattening

Enough of this layer stuff already!

7min, 57sec
lesson 28: Conclusion

Some hints on when not to use layers

31 sec
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Matt is the founder of Matt Kloskowski Photography and Training. He specializes in outdoor, landscape, and nature photography along with editing with Photoshop, Lightroom, and ON1 apps. Matt was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2014 and is the best-selling author of over 20 books. Matt loves to educate others and spends much of his time teaching seminars around the world.
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