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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Now that we know a little about Layers, let's continue to learn some more about working with layers. In this movie, we will be working with the file dream.tif, you can find it in the Chapter 12 Layers folder. Press Command+O on a Mac, Ctrl+O on a PC. Then, press F to go to Full Screen View mode, press Spacebar and then click and drag to reposition the image in the top part of the screen. Now one of the things that you will notice here is that our Layers palette, it's a little bit more complicated, interesting. Well let's take a look at what we have here. On our Background layer, we have this image of this door, okay great, then I have some text, I have another text layer and then on top of that, I have this Image layer, well interesting. Well, once I turned on that Image layer, I can't see anything that's underneath it.
But one of the things that you can do is target a layer by clicking on it, in this case we are targeting Layer 3 and I want to make this layer an important part of this particular project. So I probably I'm going to need to name this layer. So I'll go ahead and double click the word there that says Layer 3 and I'll name this Brighton, because that's a Brighton Palace there. The next thing that I'm going to do is navigate to my blending modes pulldown menu and choose Soft Light. Wow! Really interesting. So now all of a sudden, I can see through this layer. Now you may be thinking blending modes, wow, what are those? Well, we will be talking about those on detail later. Yeah, for now what I want to do is simply show you that you can change the way a layer blends with the other layers and you can do that by accessing the blending modes. Well again, we will talk more about that later.
Now another thing that you can do is dial in the layers opacity. So here we have an opacity of a 100%. Well, if I pull this back, you are going to notice that we are going to see much and much less of the Brighton Palace. I'll go ahead and increase that all the way up because I kind of like that, I think it looks interesting. Okay, well then, let's click on the layer here and then finally the top most layer which has a blending mode as well. Well what blending mode? Click on the layer and there you can see it in the blending mode pulldown options. All right, when I look at this little composite, I notice a couple of things. I like it, except there are a couple of elements I want to get rid off. First, I want to get rid of these lights here. One way to get rid of a layer is to Right-click or Ctrl-click and choose Delete Layer and then click Yes. Okay, well, great. Well, also notice that in this text layer here, edgar allan poe.
So I'll click on that layer and then click on the eye icon to show and hide that layer. Yes, that is the layer I want to delete and in this case, I'll click and drag that layer to the Trashcan icon.
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