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Layers & Masks Demystified

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Transform the photos you take into the images you want. Learn how to use Photoshop® tools to make light retouches, color changes, image composites and more.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a troubleshooting guide and reference images
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Josh Withers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Sometimes simple edits are all you need to make your photos shine, and Photoshop tools can help you achieve polished, professional-quality results every time! Discover how to create a layer mask and use editing tools to enhance any image alongside expert Photoshop artist and instructor Josh Withers. During class, you'll learn techniques for making nondestructive edits, optimizing your workflow and troubleshooting along the way. Josh will guide you through various retouching tools and help you organize edits. Then, you'll begin compositing with a fun skyscape project before you learn how to apply these skills when retouching your own photos. Move on to replacing a sky, removing unwanted elements and making targeted adjustments to a photo with clipping groups. You'll find out how to use sharpening tools, blending modes and noise layers, and even create a hand-coloring effect.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Editing With Layers
Meet your instructor, professional Photoshop artist Josh Withers, and take the first steps toward demystifying layers and masks. Josh will explain how you can use pixel layers, adjustment layers and masks to edit your photos nondestructively, and you'll get started on your first image.
2. Nondestructive Retouching
3. Layer Masks: Start Compositing
4. Layer Masks: Image Enhancements
5. Clipping Masks
6. Finishing Touches

Recommended with this class

  • Photoshop CC 2015 or newer
  • Fast and empty hard drive, flash/SSD recommended
  • External hard drive system for storing your files

Taught by

Josh Withers
Josh Withers
Josh Withers is a professional Photoshop artist and photography instructor. Before beginning his teaching career at Santa Monica College, he worked for 11 years as an in-house photographer and senior digital artist for TBWA\Chiat\Day advertising agency. Some of his work during that time included creating billboards and print ads for Pepsi, Nissan, Beats by Dre and more.

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