Learning Layers in Photoshop.
Photoshop Layers and Masks, the Key to Creativity.
Learn how to use the creative tools that are critical to Photoshop; Layers, Layer Masks, Blending Modes and ore. Layers are the control center for almost everything you do in Photoshop. Layer features can appear complex and confusing. In these practical and fun lessons, you will realize that Layers and Masks don’t have to be difficult.
Rather than merely listing off features, we present real-world projects where we will put all these features to use. As you work your way through the inspiring projects, you’ll learn all the features, but more importantly, you’ll learn where and how to use these techniques, as well as why.
If you are new to Photoshop, the first few lessons will explain the basics, so you don’t get lost when we dive into the projects. If you already know these basics, feel free to jump right into the projects. The lessons can be viewed in any order.
By the end of this training, you will be very comfortable working with Photoshop layers, layer masks, blending modes, adjustment layers, smart objects, clipping groups and a whole lot more. You will learn how to combine images and blend them together seamlessly. If you have ever wanted to create collages, web graphics, magazine art, brochures, posters, NFTs, or just cool art for fun, this is the place.
What sets this training apart, is the almost 30 years of Real-World experience your instructor, (Colin Smith) has from working as a commercial Photoshop artist/Designer. You have probably seen his work in magazines, album covers, ads, billboards, websites and more. Colin is the real deal, but he also loves to teach, and paces the content in a way that you can follow along and understand. These is no gibberish jargon here, just practical, conversational instruction.
This course will help you to understand how to approach creative tasks in Photoshop with confidence. You will be happy with the results. You’ll learn how to get the highest quality results in a fraction of the time.
All the images used are included, so you can follow along step-by-step.
What you will learn
How layers work
Layer Mask basics
Learn the basics of how layer masks work
Layer Mask basics 2
Deeper into layer masks and controlling mask transparency
Why you should use Layer Masks
Understand the different Blending Mode groups
Hide white or black
Hide paper without selections
Constrain anything to the transparency of another layer
PROJECT. Break a photo into pieces in this creative project
How to hide backgrounds without selections. Cutout without cutting out
Prepare an image for a brush or pattern
High Tech backgrounds and more
Grungy distressed brushes and type
Get that distressed effect on anything with these custom brushes you will create
Add high energy edges on your images
How to put a face in a circle and more
Roll your own textures
Make highly useful, reusable overlays
Reusable signature watermark
Add a signature or watermark to your art or Photos
Colorize black and white
Turning black and white line art into color
Working with hand drawn art
How to clean up scanned art
PROJECT. Make a photo look like a Polaroid print
Create a collage
PROJECT. Put what you have learned together, to make a multi Layered Collage
Double exposure Effect
PROJECT. Put what you have learned together, to make a cool Double exposure effect
Bonus Layer Masks
Simple Layer Mask Basics in a simple project, to recap the basics, if you need it.
All instructors images included so you can follow along.
PDF Table of Contents and Blend Mode notes included in the extras folder.
- Layers Basics
- Layer Mask basics
- Layer Mask basics 2
- Smart Object
- Blending modes
- Hide white or black
- Clipping Groups
- Photo collage
- Blend if
- Straighten circle
- Seamless patterns
- Grungy distressed brushes and type
- Photo edges
- Roll your own textures
- Reusable signature watermark
- Colorize black and white
- Working with hand drawn art
- Polaroid effect
- Create a collage
- Double exposure Effect
- Bonus Layer Masks