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Photoshop CS4: Layers in Depth

with Jan Kabili

Video: Welcome

Explores the features and techniques that allow designers and photographers to work intelligently with layers.
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  1. 2m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 1h 6m
    1. What is a layer?
      7m 3s
    2. What are the advantages of layers?
      6m 45s
    3. Introducing the Layers panel and Layers menu
      12m 13s
    4. Selecting and moving a layer
      4m 48s
    5. Selecting multiple layers
      6m 53s
    6. Automatically selecting layers
      6m 4s
    7. Selecting from a contextual menu
      2m 3s
    8. Controlling layer visibility
      6m 0s
    9. Changing layer stacking order
      5m 12s
    10. Varying layer opacity
      6m 52s
    11. Deleting layers
      2m 25s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Making a new blank layer
      11m 37s
    2. Duplicating layers
      5m 35s
    3. Creating layers from selections
      7m 23s
    4. Making layers by combining images
      4m 9s
  4. 27m 40s
    1. Naming layers
      2m 41s
    2. Managing layers with layer groups
      9m 36s
    3. Linking layers
      6m 0s
    4. Labeling layers
      3m 8s
    5. Locking layers
      6m 15s
  5. 15m 12s
    1. Aligning with the Move tool options
      3m 11s
    2. Distributing with the Move tool options
      2m 29s
    3. Aligning with Smart Guides
      3m 9s
    4. Aligning with Snap
      2m 43s
    5. Aligning to a selection
      3m 40s
  6. 15m 26s
    1. Setting transparency preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Loading transparency as a selection
      7m 40s
    3. Protecting transparency
      3m 52s
  7. 50m 11s
    1. Creating type layers
      8m 27s
    2. Editing type layers
      6m 37s
    3. Using the Character panel
      4m 25s
    4. Working with paragraph type
      6m 51s
    5. Warping text
      2m 39s
    6. Making type on a path
      10m 41s
    7. Creating type on a circular path
      5m 20s
    8. Filling a path with text
      5m 11s
  8. 25m 44s
    1. Working with shape layers
      7m 31s
    2. Creating custom shapes
      6m 52s
    3. Making a custom shape from a logo
      7m 20s
    4. Making a custom shape from type
      4m 1s
  9. 59m 41s
    1. Converting a background layer
      5m 49s
    2. Introducing Smart Object layers
      8m 36s
    3. Using Smart Objects as templates
      8m 1s
    4. Editing nondestructively with adjustment layers
      8m 25s
    5. Adding color with color fill layers
      4m 15s
    6. Adding gradients with gradient layers
      7m 10s
    7. Applying patterns with pattern layers
      2m 44s
    8. Introducing video layers
      6m 41s
    9. Introducing 3D layers
      8m 0s
  10. 49m 40s
    1. Understanding layer mask basics
      6m 14s
    2. Masking with a selection
      8m 3s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      8m 31s
    4. Hiding adjustments with layer masks
      4m 13s
    5. Adding a vector mask
      11m 33s
    6. Adjusting masks from the new Masks panel
      11m 6s
  11. 47m 48s
    1. Choosing a blend mode
      6m 2s
    2. Blend modes by category
      8m 13s
    3. Changing a layer group's blend mode
      3m 39s
    4. Correcting overexposure with the Multiply blend mode
      5m 8s
    5. Correcting underexposure with the Screen blend mode
      4m 2s
    6. Increasing contrast with the Overlay and Soften blend modes
      2m 8s
    7. Using blend-mode-neutral colors
      3m 43s
    8. Tinting with the Color blend mode
      2m 19s
    9. Blending layers with Blend If sliders
      5m 27s
    10. Auto-blending layers
      7m 7s
  12. 28m 39s
    1. Adding layer effects
      7m 49s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      6m 53s
    3. Saving a layer style
      3m 44s
    4. Applying a style from the Styles panel
      4m 1s
    5. Rasterizing layer effects
      3m 55s
    6. Controlling layer fill opacity
      2m 17s
  13. 16m 42s
    1. Clipping multiple layers
      4m 0s
    2. Clipping layers to limit adjustments
      6m 12s
    3. Filling type and shapes with photos
      6m 30s
  14. 17m 55s
    1. Understanding layer comps
      4m 11s
    2. Creating layer comps
      7m 19s
    3. Editing layer comps
      6m 25s
  15. 8m 32s
    1. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 58s
    2. Creating a composite layer
      1m 30s
    3. Saving a file with layers
      3m 4s
  16. 21s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS4: Layers in Depth
Video duration: 0s 7h 40m Intermediate


In Photoshop CS4: Layers in Depth, Jan Kabili explores the layer-related features and techniques that allow designers and photographers to work non-destructively with separate pieces of artwork, photographs, and text in a single Photoshop file. She teaches everything from the basics of creating and managing layers to more advanced topics like layer masking, layer comps, and clipping layers. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating, selecting, and organizing layers
  • Controlling layer visibility, opacity, and stacking order
  • Working with type and shape layers
  • Practical uses for layer blend modes
  • Adding dimension with layer effects and layer styles
  • Using clipping layers to shape content
  • Merging and saving layers
  • Introducing 3D layers, video layers, and Smart Object layers
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(Music playing.) I'm Jan Kabili and this is Photoshop CS4 Layers in Depth. For over a decade, I have been teaching Photoshop in classrooms and online as well as writing books and magazine articles about using and understanding Photoshop. Without a doubt I found the designers, photographers, and other Photoshop users who take advantage of all that layers have to offer, have the tools to make good projects into standout projects.

In this course I will show you the many ways of using layers to enhance your images. I'll cover the basics of creating, managing, and working with layers. I will teach you how to user layer masks to hide content and to combine images. I will show you how layer blend modes can work for you and I will walk you through working with type and shape layers and I will introduce some exciting special layer types including Smart Objects layers, adjustment layers, video layers, and new 3D layers. Now let's dive deep into everything layers with Photoshop CS4 Layers in Depth.

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