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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.
You won't be able to take full advantage of the strength of Photoshop until you really understand layers, and layers in Photoshop are quite interesting. What we typically do is let's say we start with a background image and we have this image open in a document. What we can then do is we can add a new layer on top of that. And in this case this top layer is stacked up. It's on top of the underlying layer. Whatever is on top conceals what's underneath. And in this case we would say that this layer is at full opacity, meaning we can't see what's underneath.
What we can do in Photoshop though is of course we can change that, like with all these images that I have here we could take one of these images and set it on another. We could see through these by applying a blending mode or by lowering the opacity. And in this way we can apply specific adjustments to localized areas or if we want to make a global adjustment we could apply something on a little bit of a larger scale. Now of course in this demo this falls short a little bit because I don't have precise control about the type of adjustments that I'm making.
Yet it does illustrate how layers work and you want to think of layers as having a layer underneath and then something above, and what's above can either affect the entirety of the underlying layer, or you can have a control or affect or modify or enhance just a specific area. So if you want to get good at Photoshop, learn how to use layers and learn how to use them well.
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