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

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

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by Matt Kloskowski
     
 

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When Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski was asked why he wrote this book, he replied, “It’s simple: I wanted to write the Photoshop book that I wished was around when I was learning Photoshop”. You’ve always known that layers were the key to understanding Photoshop, and now you have a resource to show you exactly how. With Matt’s clear,…  See more details below

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When Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski was asked why he wrote this book, he replied, “It’s simple: I wanted to write the Photoshop book that I wished was around when I was learning Photoshop”. You’ve always known that layers were the key to understanding Photoshop, and now you have a resource to show you exactly how. With Matt’s clear, easy-to-follow, and concise writing style you’ll learn about:

  • Working with and managing multiple layers
  • Building multiple layered images
  • Blending layers together
  • Exactly which of the 25+ Blend Modes you need to worry about (there’s just a few)
  • Layer Masking and just how easy it is.
  • Using layers to enhance and retouch your photos
  • All of the tips and tricks that make using layers a breeze.
If you want to finally understand layers in Photoshop, this book is the one you’ve been waiting for.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132103985
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
04/09/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
27 MB
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Meet the Author

Matt Kloskowski is a Photoshop Guy whose books, videos, and classes have simplified the way thousands of people work on digital photos and images. Author of several best-selling books on Photoshop, Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to tens of thousands of people around the world each year. He co-hosts the top-rated videocast Photoshop User TV, as well as the photography videocast D-Town TV. He’s built a massive library of videos that appear in DVDs and online training courses, and has written articles for Photoshop User magazine. You’ll find Matt teaching for the Kelby Training Live seminar tour, as well as at the world’s premier Photoshop event, the Photoshop World Conference & Expo.

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Layers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
BBCC More than 1 year ago
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.
Matt is also an instructor at the Photoshop World Conference and is employed full time at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

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.

The book is divided into nine chapters,
Chapter 1: Layer Basics
Chapter 2: Blending Layers
Chapter 3: Adjustment Layers
Chapter 4: Layer Masks
Chapter 5: Type and Shape Layers
Chapter 6: Enhancing Photos with Layers
Chapter 7: Retouching with Layers
Chapter 8: Layer Styles
Chapter 9: Smart Layers

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.

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.¿
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.

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is an excellent overview of the features on layers, that you need to master in order to learn photoshop well. The book is not specific for photographers, the previous buyer probably got confused.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mister-Joe More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this text is perfect for all levels of photoshop users from beginners to pro's. i myself am somewhere along the lines of intermediate. using this text i can teach all of my friends and family what i know and dont know about photoshop easily. i also think it is an excellent re-read for pro's as a quick reference guide on the little things they might have forgotten. the tutorials within the text and the online accessories help to create wonderful projects and give enough room for creativity to provide endless photoshop possibilities. my favorite parts of the text are its easy to read instructions, coupled with the helpful screen shots, and matt's humor makes this book less like a class and more like a hobby but allows it to function as both. bravo to matt, very well done.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is pitched toward instruction in the use of Photoshop's Layers to develop commercial advertising layout with photos, probably more useful to those interested in digital graphics. Very little of the book can be used as a resource for photographers to enhance digital images by use of Photoshop's Layers, which was why I purchased it.