The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book
Harnessing Photoshop's most powerful tool
MasterPhotoshop CS4 with this visual, hands-on guide to using layers, under the expert guidance of digital imaging specialist Richard Lynch. Layers, Photoshop's most powerful feature, is the core of a nondestructive image-editing workflow.
Step-by-step instructions and practical examples illustrate how to.
* Polish: correct and enhance color, fix composition problems, and repair damage or flaws
* Manipulate: isolate image areas for changes, adjustments and experimental concepts
* Understand: use all forms of layer blending, including transparency, clipping masks, opacity/fill, layer masks, layer modes, channel targeting, Blend If, and Effects/Styles
The accompanying DVD comes complete with a generous library of practical actions based on techniques from the book that add functional power to Photoshop, along with practice images for all the exercises in the book.
This focused, highly accurate, comprehensive, and practical guide offers invaluable advice for all users of Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Chapter 1 - The Basics of Layers: Layer Functions and Creation
Chapter 2 - Layer Management: Concepts of a Layer-Based Work Flow
Chapter 3 - Object and Image Area Isolation in Layers
Chapter 4 - Masking: Enhanced Area Isolation
Chapter 5 - Applying Layer Effects
Chapter 6 - Exploring Layer Modes
Chapter 7 - Advanced Blending with Blend If
Chapter 8 - Breaking Out Components
Chapter 9 - Taking an Image through the Process
Chapter 10 - Making a Layered Collage or Composite Image
Photoshop's Essential Tool List