Week 3: Photoshop Core Review ~ Layers
(9 brief videos on this page total about 60 minutes)
Layers panel explained (11:28 min.)
Learn the basics of the Layer Panel with author Andy Anderson.
Aligning images within multiple layers (6:52 min.)
Learn how to align Photoshop items by using individual layers.
Reducing chaos with layer groups (4:05 min.)
If there is one feature that is at the core of digital imagery, it’s layers. This simple, yet important concept is often a point of confusion among newcomers to Photoshop, but expert author Andy Anderson removes the complexity and shows some great tips for working with layers.
Backgrounds and layers (4:17 min.)
Photoshop is capable of producing several types of layers; however, you can only have one Background layer. Explore the difference between a layer and a background, and why both are necessary.
Merging layer techniques (4:56 min.)
With the ability to produce artwork that could potentially contain hundreds, if not thousands of layers, controlling those layers becomes of utmost importance. Learn the technique of merging layers, and how it will help in the control and design of your artwork.
The basics of blend modes (6:00 min.)
Explore the basics of Blending modes and discover the stunning effects created by “blending” layer elements together.
Understanding layer styles (3:54 min.)
Need a drop shadow, how about adding a pattern, or stroke to a piece of artwork? Explore the ins and outs of Photoshop Layer Styles.
Generating a flexible drop shadow (7:22 min.)
Drop shadows are a staple of design because they help to define the artwork and give it a three-dimensional look. Andy Anderson demonstrates how to create a flexible drop shadow.
Exploring layer basics (11:23 min.)
In this movie author Julieanne Kost discusses the features and abilities of layers in Photoshop. She covers renaming layers, toggling between layers, converting layers to Smart Objects, deleting layers, changing the opacity of a layer, and saving a layered image.