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In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques, bestselling author and video trainer, Deke McClelland, teaches the most powerful, least conventional, and most flexible features of Photoshop CS3. This training course teaches Layer Styles, scalable vector graphics, Adjustment layers, Smart Objects, Smart Filters, Camera Raw, Auto-Align, Photomerge, and Actions. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials and Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics are recommended prerequisites to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Hi, I'm Deke McClelland, graphics expert and glad-guru-about-town, here to welcome you to part three of my epic, 27-chapter video bible on Photoshop, known to my friends and lawyers as Photoshop CS3 One-on-One. Together, you and I stand at the brink of Chapter 19, which is where we begin to address Photoshop's wealth of parametric operations, starting with layer effects. Layer effects are a collection of dynamic color and contour attributes that let you add dimension, lighting, and texture to otherwise flat, drab objects. They serve two opposing purposes: to set layers apart and to bring them together.
For example, a layer effect that casts a shadow suggests that the layer is raised above the surface of its surroundings. This calls attention to the perimeter of the layer and adds depth to the image, both of which help to distinguish a layered element from a busy composition. Meanwhile, a layer effect can also blend the interior or perimeter of a layer with its background. The independent layers appear not as disparate elements of a composition, but as seamless portions of a cohesive whole. By the way, I should mention that although Photoshop has a tendency to refer to layer effects and layer styles as if they were the same thing, they are different. A layer effect is an individual effect, like a drop shadow or a glow or a stroke.
A layer style is a collection of effects that you can save and apply over and over again. Just so you know. Oh, and remember how at the end of part two I told you that you'd have to sign a waiver before entering part three, because it was so dangerous and well- that was a bold-faced lie. Really layer effects are cute and cuddly as teddy bears with valentines embroidered on their chests. If a layer effect could talk, it would say, "I wuv wu." Layer effects are so cloyingly adorable they would nauseate the entire council of the National Association of Kerchief Enthusiasts, which is why I can't wait to share them with you.
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