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The star of our show today is adjustment layers, and we're going to use these throughout the rest of our exercises. I just want to quickly introduce you to the concept of what they do and why they are so useful. Now, if you've been using Photoshop for a while, you're used to choosing image adjustments, and there are lots of choices here. However, most of those choices also appear over in the Adjustments panel. If you don't have the Adjustments panel open, you'll find it under the Window menu, and just be sure to bring it up. These adjustments do the same thing as their other counterparts. So if I click the Curves Adjustment, it pops on up, and I've got the ability to do a standard curve, lifting the shadows, pulling down the highlights a bit, Beside Exposure, you'll also find color adjustments such as Vibrance, and you'll notice here that I can adjust the overall saturation for the image, while pulling down the skin tone areas.
Or we could reverse that there and get a slightly different mix of the colors. Everything of course, nondestructive, with the ability to turn off and on, adjust the overall opacity for that adjustment layer, or even throw it away or mask it at a later point in time. Adjustment layers are very, very useful and we are going to fully explore what they do throughout the rest of our lessons.
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