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A layer is to Photoshop as a wheel is to a bike, and you know, layers are incredibly powerful. They give us a lot of flexibility and creativity when it comes to different ways that we can process and modify our photographs, and they're incredibly strong. So what I am going to do here is take look at a layered project, and I want to do this just as a way to introduce you to the power of layers. And then later in this chapter we will take a look at how we can actually start to work with layers. So here let's go ahead and open up some space for the Layers panel.
We can do this by double-clicking these tabs here, and you can see this, this document it has eleven different layers. Now this project was created in one of my other more advanced Photoshop training courses, and here is the final result. And one of the things that you can do with players is you can show or hide layer transparency. I'll go a head and click on this top Eye icon here for this layer. As I do that, you can see that I'm turning off these different adjustments that I've made. You'll also notice that whatever is in the top of Layers panel, well, it will cover what's underneath.
So here as I clicked through these, you can see as I'm kind of stepping back in time all the way back to the original document. So by having layers, it gave me flexibility to make some corrections. I removed some distracting elements. Next, we did this a little bit further and then we took this one step at a time, further and further working on the color in the details and the overall tone until we got to a place with this project where we liked how this image looked. And this particular photograph is about a very famous cyclist that I captured inside of this wind tunnel.
I wanted to try to recreate the mood of being there and the sense of speed. And by using layers, I was able to do that. Really, without layers, I couldn't have accomplished or created an image like this. Sometimes you're going to use layers in order to create something which is really fantastic. In other situations, you'll use layers to make important and needed corrections or just minor adjustments to the pictures. So as you can see here, these layers, they give us a lot of flexibility and creative control, and you can see that layers are indeed important.
Now that we know this, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can start to work with layers, and let's do that in the next few movies.
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