Adobe Photoshop – Selections and Layers
Instructor: Tim Neumann
Requirements and Prerequisites: Students participating in this class are encouraged to bring their own laptop, with Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher installed. While this is not an absolute requirement, students will be provided with sample images to follow along with the classroom presentation. Attendees are expected to have a foundation knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, including, but not strictly limited to; knowledge of the Photoshop interface, ability to successfully open and save image files, as well as being able to navigate an open image. Attendees are also expected to have an operational knowledge of the Windows or Mac computer that they will be using. This operational knowledge should include, but is not strictly limited to; ability to navigate to folders on the system’s hard drive, ability to copy files between drive locations, working knowledge of system cut / copy / paste / undo functions, as well as an understanding of system provided file / object selection tools (e.g. select all, select range, add to selection, remove from selection).
Much like the days of old, where you could layer sheets of acetate on an overhead projector, Adobe Photoshop has the power to work with many layers within an image. However, this retro comparison is where the similarities end, Adobe Photoshop Layers convey a vast array of features and options, that can enable visually stunning effects in your images and composites.
An often-misunderstood feature, a Photoshop Layer, provides a variety of tools that controls how contiguous layers interact with each other. Each Layer, can have attributes, effects, and applications that can add depth to an image, control an effect level, and even provide for the ability to interactive alter filter adjustments on the fly. In this class, we will embark upon a thorough exploration of Photoshop Layers, and the multiple ways in which they can be applied to an image. Students participating in this course will leave with a thorough understanding of the ways by which layers can affect their final results, and when Layer usage should be considered.
- Introduction to Photoshop Layers
- Layering concepts
- A word about transparency
- A word about Blending Modes
- The Layer Panel interface
- Creating Layers
- A new blank Layer
- Duplicating a Layer
- A new Layer from a Selection
- New Layers from combined images
- Managing Layers
- Is the right Layer selected
- Selecting multiple Layers
- Automatically selecting Layers
- Controlling Layer visibility
- Moving a Layer
- Deleting a Layer
- Organizing Layers
- Layer naming
- Groups and Layers
- Layer linking
- Layer locking
- Aligning and distributing Layers
- Move tool alignment
- Move tool distribution
- Layers and Smart Guides
- Using Snap with Layers
- Selection alignment of Layers
- Layer Transparency
- Transparency preferences
- Loading transparency as a selection
- Protecting transparency
- Shape Layers
- Working with Shape Layers
- Custom shapes
- Special Layer types
- Convert a background Layer
- Smart Object Layers
- Layers for non-destructive editing
- Color fill and Gradient Layers
- Video and 3D Layers
- Layer Masking
- Layer Mask basics
- Composites and Layer Masks
- Selective adjustments with Layer Masks
- Vector Masks
- Layer Blending
- What are Blend Modes
- Blend Mode categories
- Layer Effects and Styles
- Introduction to Layer Effects
- An tour of Photoshop Layer Effects
- Reusing an effect
- When you are all done…
- Saving Layers
How do I know if this class is the right class for my level of interest and/or expertise?
This class is part of the Photoshop series, designed to be taken in sequence, although if you have Photoshop experience you may choose to take these calsses in any sequence.
The Suggested Photoshop sequence is:
- Files, Interface, and Tools
- Basic Image Editing
- Mastering Masks
- Learning Layers
- Layer Tricks and Blend Modes
- Presets, Plug-ins, and Production
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is street parking available on Longview, Como, Brighton, and other side streets. You can park on High Street, but most spots have a 2 hour maximum. Please do not park in the Corner Stone Deli & Café parking lot or behind the store.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
If you are in a camera class, bring your camera and a pen and paper to take notes.
If you are in a software class, e.g. our Lightroom classes, you should bring your laptop with the software already installed; e.g. Lightroom class, or Photoshop class.
Every class is different. For a detailed list of what you should bring, please see the specific class page.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
You may request a refund up to two days before the class. For example, your class is on a Saturday, you have until the Thursday before to ask for a refund. Refunds requested the day before or day of the class, will be dealt with on a case by case basis, and are subject to processing fees.