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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature

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  • Posted November 7, 2008


    Matt Kloskowski is a Photoshop guru and the co host of Photoshop User TV. He teaches Photoshop and digital photography to thousands of people around the world every year.<BR/>Matt is also an instructor at the Photoshop World Conference and is employed full time at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.<BR/><BR/>Perhaps one of the most miss-understood subjects that has been previously surrounded in mystery and is frightening to anyone new to Photoshop has been Layers. In this book Matt shows the reader just how fast and easy it is to learn Layers. Saying this does not mean or imply that this book is only for people new to Photoshop because whether you are a novice, intermediate, or advanced you will find something to learn.<BR/><BR/>The book is divided into nine chapters,<BR/>Chapter 1: Layer Basics<BR/>Chapter 2: Blending Layers<BR/>Chapter 3: Adjustment Layers<BR/>Chapter 4: Layer Masks<BR/>Chapter 5: Type and Shape Layers<BR/>Chapter 6: Enhancing Photos with Layers<BR/>Chapter 7: Retouching with Layers<BR/>Chapter 8: Layer Styles<BR/>Chapter 9: Smart Layers<BR/><BR/>Each chapter is well illustrated with photographs and graphics and you can either download Matt¿s images from his web site or you can use your own images to work with. I myself downloaded Matt¿s images so that my work would exactly match each image and step in the book.<BR/><BR/>Every chapter is split into sub chapters, an example would be chapter 7 Retouching with Layers which starts on page 178 followed by Removing blemishes and Wrinkles on page 180, then Smoothing and enhancing skin on page 185, Making eyes and teeth whiter on page 190, and finally perhaps most important of all at the end of each chapter is a page titled ¿How Do I.¿<BR/>On the How Do I page Matt explains how he does his retouching on a blank layer; this lessens the effect of any retouching he¿s done on a layer and he flattens his layers without actually flattening them; obviously the How Do I page at the end of each chapter differs to reflect the short cuts Matt uses for that particular chapter.<BR/><BR/>For me this book as been long overdue and much needed, a real eye opener into the world of Layers and is a must have book for anyone using Photoshop and needing to learn Layers. In short this is a great five star book well worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    Great "Self-Teaching" Tool

    We are a homeschooling family and we like to add some variety to our classes. Our 5th grader is very creative and loves to manipulate photos and drawings. We purchased this book for both he and our 7th grader to use as a "self-teaching" art class. They both did a very good job of working through the book with no assistance from Mom or Dad. In fact, the 5th grader ended up teaching Dad some things he didn't know you could do. Dad works for an organization that publishes a monthly periodical and quality promotional materials and he uses photoshop extensively to do that. The only negative we experienced was that the book described some functions we did not have available to us because our version of software was not current enough. Obviously, this was not the fault of the book or author. :) I would highly recommend this book for those who do not understand many of photoshop's functions and capabilities.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Layers and Layers

    A how-to that actually shows you how-to. Clear, helpful layout with useful graphics. If you can turn the application on, this book can help you. May be too step-by-step for those already very familiar with layers, but methods are good for solid intermediate-level users.

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