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Layers are the building blocks for working in Photoshop. With the correct use of the Layers Tool, you can edit individual components of your images nondestructively to ensure that your end result is a combination of the best parts of your work. Despite how important it is for successful Photoshop work, the Layers Tool is one of the most often misused and misunderstood features within this powerful software program. This book will show you absolutely everything you need to know to work with layers, including how to use masks, blending, modes and layer management. You'll learn professional techniques as you become completely familiar with the power of layers as an organizational, correction, and revision tool that will quickly become an essential part of your overall Photoshop workflow.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. 1. The Foundations
    1. The Essential Process
      1. Open the image
      2. Evaluate the image
      3. Editing and Correction
      4. Save the image
      5. Purpose the Image
      6. Steps for Purposing
      7. Keep the Process in Mind
    2. Concepts of a Layer-Based Work Flow
      1. What Is a Layer?
    3. The Logic of Layers
      1. Create a Layer for Every Change
      2. Focus Application of Change by Controlling Active Layers
      3. Selectively Hide and Reveal Layer Content
      4. Layer Visibility
      5. Layer Opacity
      6. Layer Modes
      7. Layer Masking
      8. Layer Blending
      9. Organize Layers to Keep Your Sanity Claus
      10. Arrange Content Hierarchy
      11. Naming Layers
      12. Group Layers
      13. Linked Layers
    4. Merge Layers for Image Efficiency
    5. Use Smart Objects for Productivity and Consistency
    6. Use Layer Comps for Previews and Versioning
    7. Getting Started Creating Layers: An Exercise
    8. Summary
  10. 2. Targeting Change with Layers
    1. Adding Layers for a Change
    2. Isolating Correction in Adjustment Layers
    3. Levels Adjustment Layers for Tone and Color Correction
    4. Detailing the Levels Slider Changes
    5. The Art of Color Balance
    6. Repair and Cleanup in Layers
    7. Summary
  11. 3. Targeting Change by Isolation and Masking
    1. Isolating Image Objects
    2. Isolation by Freehand Masking
      1. Reducing Image Noise
    3. Composite Layers
    4. Enhancing Natural Color
    5. Freehand Color Enhancements
    6. Isolating Change by Masking Tone
      1. Extracting Brightness to Add Soft Focus
      2. Sharpen and Enhance Contrast
      3. What Sharpening Does Well
      4. Potential Negatives of Sharpening
    7. Unsharp Mask Filter for Sharpening
    8. Blend If: An Overview
    9. Knockouts
    10. Summary
  12. 4. Applying Layer Effects and Styles
    1. The Fundamentals of Effects and Styles
    2. Saving Styles
    3. Managing Styles
    4. Manual Effects
    5. Automated Manual Effects Tools
    6. Combining Manual Effects and Styles
    7. Fill versus Opacity
    8. Summary
  13. 5. Exploring Layer Modes
    1. Luminosity and Color Modes for Targeted Layer Change
    2. Layer-based Sharpening Calculation with Modes
    3. Breaking Out Components
    4. An Historic Interlude
    5. Extracting RGB Components
    6. Using Separations
    7. Summary
  14. 6. Taking an Image through the Process
    1. Evaluating the image
      1. Applying the Image Editing Checklist
      2. Exposure Information
      3. Summary
  15. 7. Making a Composite Image
    1. Composite for Collage
      1. Guidelines for Collage
      2. Things to Keep in Mind
      3. An Example Collage
    2. Shooting Multiple Source Images with Purpose
      1. Set Up and Collecting Images for Panoramas
      2. Using Automated Panoramic Tools
      3. Using Manual Methods to Create a Panorama
    3. Working with HDR Images
      1. Exposure for HDR
      2. Create an HDR Image in Photoshop
      3. Additional Adjustments
        1. Using the Masks Palette for Mask Adjustments
      4. Summary
  16. Appendix 1. Quick Reference
  17. Appendix 2. Essential Non-Layer Concepts
  18. Index