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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Working with layers in Photoshop gives you an immense amount of creative and functional flexibility. In other words because of layers we can process our images in some really unique ways. And what I want to do here is simply introduce you to the topic of layers and walk through a layered file, so you can get a feel for the flavor of how layers can potentially help you out when working in Photoshop. In this particular case you can see I have this photograph of Ivan Basso, and I captured this image in a wind tunnel in San Diego, and at the time Ivan was one of the fastest cyclists in the world.
So what I wanted to do was to create an image that captured a bit of who he is. Now how I actually built this image is covered in another one of my creative training titles on Creative Effects. Yet here what I want to do is show you some of these layers. Well, over here in the Layers panel you can see that I have all of these layers listed from the original as captured all the way up to the final state of this photograph. Well, what we can do is show or hide layers by clicking on or off the Eye icon, which is located next to the layer thumbnail.
I am going to go ahead and click-and- hold in order to turn off the visibility of all of these layers. Now here's the original image as captured, and as I click on the Eye icon of these different layers you can see what I did. First, I retouched this window over here on one layer, then on the next layer I applied a particular filter or effect, and then I changed that filter or effect on the next layer. Then from there I started to work on color, then as I click through these layers you can see that I'm doing different things each step of the way, and I'm really only able to do this because I have layers.
And the nice thing about these layers is that if I want to go backwards all I need to do is to turn off that layer visibility and then perhaps work from this point. So in a sense these layers help me out as I build up or as I stack up this particular effect, which eventually led to this point. And so as you can see, layers really give us this immense amount of flexibility, and we can have all different types of content on layers. It could be an adjustment that brightens something, it could be a text layer, or it could be a graphic, and again layers gives us this flexibility.
All right, well the last tip that I want to share here has to do with how we can view our layers? Now if ever you want to just view one layer out of all of this entire stack what you can do is hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and then click on the Eye icon of that particular layer. In that sense it will turn all the other layers off and just show you the layer that you clicked on. This is really nice when you want to look at your before and after. For example, I'll hold down the Option key or the Alt key, and I'll click on the Eye icon of the original layer and here we can see the before, and then finally the after.
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