Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature / Edition 2

Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature / Edition 2

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by Matt Kloskowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321749588

ISBN-13: 9780321749581

Pub. Date: 11/12/2010

Publisher: Peachpit Press

In 2008, Adobe Photoshop pro and best-selling author Matt Kloskowski broke new ground teaching Photoshop by focusing on the one thing that makes Photoshop the amazing (and sometimes difficult to understand) program it is: layers. Now, Matt returns with a major update that covers layers in Photoshop CS5 in the same concise, easy to understand way that’s made…  See more details below

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In 2008, Adobe Photoshop pro and best-selling author Matt Kloskowski broke new ground teaching Photoshop by focusing on the one thing that makes Photoshop the amazing (and sometimes difficult to understand) program it is: layers. Now, Matt returns with a major update that covers layers in Photoshop CS5 in the same concise, easy to understand way that’s made him so well known in the field of Photoshop training.

When asked about the original version of this book, Matt said, "I wanted it to be the Photoshop book that I wish was around when I was first learning." This update improves upon that concept. Within these pages, you’ll learn about:

  • Working with and managing multiple layers in Photoshop CS5
  • Building multiple-layer images
  • Blending layers together
  • Layer masking and just how easy it is
  • Which of the 25+ layer blend modes you really need to know (there are just a few)
  • Using layers to enhance and retouch your photos
  • All of the tips and tricks that make using layers a breeze
  • Plus, a new chapter on advanced layer techniques and compositing to help take your work to the next level
If you want to fully understand layers in Photoshop CS5, this book is the one you’ve been waiting for!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321749581
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
11/12/2010
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Working Table of Contents:

1. Layer Basics
2. Blending Layers
3. Adjustment Layers
4. Layer Mask Basics
5. Type and Shape Layers
6: Enhancing Photos With Layers
7: Retouching With Layers
8: Layer Styles
9: Smart Layers
Index

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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.