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Layers and Masks for Beginners and the Mentally Challenged

 
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Aug 15, 2011 12:08 |  #1

It took me years of flailing before I took the initiative to learn Photoshop Layers and Masks. I wish I had started sooner because learning Layers and Masks changed photography for me. Photoshop finally became the digital darkroom I had imagined.

I realize that layers and masks can be a tough concept for many photographers to grasp. That's why I wrote a series of basic layers lessons over at my blog. This series of lessons is aimed at Photoshop beginners and those of you that have tried but failed to learn layers and masks. I present the subject in a different way than most texts and tutorials. Hopefully you find these lessons helpful!

Lesson 1 -- Introduction to Photoshop Layers (external link)

Lesson 2 -- Introduction to Layer Masks (external link)
Lesson 3 -- Photoshop Layers and Masks in Action (external link)

Let me know what you think.


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Aug 15, 2011 14:45 |  #2

From a PP moron, thanks. :)


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Aug 16, 2011 12:01 as a reply to  @ Jedi McAndrew's post |  #3

No problem! Let me know if it makes sense. It's hard writing stuff for an internet audience. I see the page views go up, but I have no idea if anyone is actually reading and understanding the lessons.


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Aug 16, 2011 12:38 |  #4

I just recently started using masks. Great writeup, you did not lose me once :)


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Aug 16, 2011 17:00 |  #5

Ill definitely read this, I need to brush up on my PP skills...

Thanks for taking the time to explain it.


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Aug 16, 2011 23:57 |  #6

Thanks! Clarification is a wonderful thing. You definitely have a talent for explaining what is actually happening when using the layers and mask pallet. This has helped me a lot with the understanding of masks and how they actually affect the layer. :D I look forward to more tutorials. :D


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Aug 17, 2011 00:47 as a reply to  @ Vanman1100's post |  #7

A good tut for those new to photoshop masking. The one thing I would have added right after brush opacity is a screen graphic showing brush softness. But I know how much work you must have put in to make those tutorials.
Good job!!


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Aug 17, 2011 01:14 |  #8

Thanks for sharing.. :)


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Aug 17, 2011 01:58 |  #9

These are great, thanks for sharing.

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Aug 17, 2011 02:01 |  #10

Thanks for the tutorials. The examples were clear and concise. I am sure I will refer back to these as I learn more about PS.


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Aug 18, 2011 09:02 as a reply to  @ Martyn Anstis's post |  #11

Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I'm happy some folks are finding my efforts useful!

I think my next set of PS tutorials will cover curves. I'll go just as basic as this series. Would that be helpful? I think that curves are nearly as important as layers and masks.


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Aug 18, 2011 10:18 |  #12

Good stuff, thanks :)


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Aug 18, 2011 10:25 |  #13

Very cool that you took so much time to put all this together. I am sure this will be a great tool for many struggling with layers and masks.


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Aug 28, 2011 13:21 |  #14

That is beautifully done. You should seriously consider expanding that to a book, possibly an e-book which could be published on DVDs. it is very helpful to Photoshop neophytes and more experienced hands as well.

Incidentally, I recall seeing your airline pictures on this forum in the past and have missed your regular presence. Some of those pictures were extremely interesting and quite beautiful. I'm glad you have published a book with some of them and I'm going to look into obtaining it. Thank you for the contribution to the forum.

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Aug 28, 2011 15:08 |  #15

Thank you so much for this


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