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with Josh Withers
Online Class

Layers & Masks Demystified

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h23m

Included in this Class

1. Editing With Layers

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

2. Nondestructive Retouching

Dive into Photoshop's powerful retouching tools. You'll learn how to use the spot healing, healing brush and clone stamp tools. Plus, find out how to combine them for even better results. Then, discover the power of the layer stack as Josh explains correct workflow step by step.

3. Layer Masks: Start Compositing

3. Layer Masks: Start Compositing

It's time to start compositing. Josh will explain how to use masks for ultimate creative control by combining images with a fun skyscape project. Plus, you'll learn how to refine edges for incredible, photorealistic composites.

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
  • Monitor that displays 98% AdobeRGB gamut or better
  • Monitor calibrator