Understanding Photoshop Layers

Layers are a really useful feature of Photoshop, however, all too often I meet people who hear about them and then put off using Photoshop yet they are quite easy to use. Once I explain what they are for and how they work these same people then give it a go and get some great results.

Layers can be used to create composite photographs or images where layers can be added on top of each other to build up one image. I have also used layers to take someone looking the wrong way or blinking in one shot and adding to another. You can also add text, shapes and use tools like brush for drawing freehand on it. You can also add adjustment layers allowing you to change exposure, brightness, colour and other settings. The great thing about all these layers is that they do not permanently affect the original image or photograph. These layers can be turned on and off, if you don’t like them you can delete them.

Taking something like the adjustment layer you could have a layer that applied a sepia colour, another with black and white, you can then have both or turn them on and off to see what works best, great if you are trying to decide what works best or run past someone else. Why not have two different sepia layers with different levels of adjustment for comparison.

I have created a number of video tutorials but here is the first on understanding layers so you can see what they do.

About garysch

A bit of a techno nut who likes sharing what I know about technology, especially with those who struggle with it. Also through my podcast www.jargonfreehelp.com
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3 Responses to Understanding Photoshop Layers

  1. ig says:

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking the time and actual effort
    to make a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never seem to get anything done.

  2. Glad there are people keep in sharing their knowledge. Never doubt if everyone will know and be the competent to their business. Thank you for sharing appreciate your effort, you have a nice blog it was a useful one!

  3. Really helpful blog I keep my knowledge on this tips that you are going to share. I will wait more of your post. Thank you and Congrats!

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