By Richard Lynch

MasterPhotoshop CS4 with this visible, hands-on advisor to utilizing layers, lower than the specialist advice of electronic imaging professional Richard Lynch. Layers, Photoshop's strongest function, is the middle of a nondestructive image-editing workflow.

Step-by-step directions and functional examples illustrate find out how to.

* Polish: right and increase colour, repair composition difficulties, and service harm or flaws
* manage: isolate photo components for alterations, changes and experimental concepts
* comprehend: use all different types of layer mixing, together with transparency, clipping mask, opacity/fill, layer mask, layer modes, channel concentrating on, combination If, and Effects/Styles

The accompanying DVD comes entire with a beneficiant library of sensible activities in accordance with concepts from the e-book that upload practical strength to Photoshop, besides perform photos for all of the routines within the booklet.

This centred, hugely exact, entire, and sensible advisor deals necessary recommendation for all clients of Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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A number, brief purpose, and settings (if applicable) will often be all you need. There are several ways to edit layer names. You can often change them when creating the layer depending on how they are initiated, but you can also edit the names after the layers are created. The following exercise has no other goal than to explore the various opportunities for naming layers; there will ultimately be no change in the visual appearance of the image on screen. Try It Now 1. 3. 2. Choose Duplicate Layer from the Layer menu (LayerDuplicate Layer).

If it is checked and you still can’t locate the bar, uncheck, and then check it again, watching near the top of the screen as you do so. You should see it hidden and then replaced on screen. 10. Click on the 1 Original Background layer in the Layers palette to activate it and then click on the image with the Type tool. This will create a new Type layer in the Layers palette just above the 1 Original Background layer, and a blinking cursor will show on the image. 11. Type in “Copyright © 2009 [your name]”, click the Commit Any Current Edits button on the Type Options bar, and move the copyright to a place in the image that seems suitable using the Move tool.

28. Choose the Move tool (press V), and move the 4 Drop Shadow by holding down the Shift key and pressing the right arrow on the keyboard twice and then the down arrow twice. Release the Shift key. This action will have moved the content of the current layer 20 pixels down and 20 pixels right. 29. Click on the 4 Drop Shadow layer in the Layers palette to be sure it is the active layer in the image and then make a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer by choosing Hue/Saturation from the New Adjustment Layer submenu on the Layer menu (Layer  New Adjustment Layer  Hue/Saturation).

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