Photoshop Layers & Masking Class

2017 Date TBD

 

A Hands-on way to grasp the concepts of both layers and masking in Photoshop This as with all of our classes is a learn-by-doing experience and will increase your retention as you work through the classes presented. This course is designed to take you by the hand and work you through one aspect at a time with your own laptop. The only requirement is to have a laptop, mouse and pad that you can bring to class and that you are already familiar with the Lightroom Develop Module so that you can prepare your images for further development in Photoshop. We will provide sample files and images for you to work with as we take you step by step through the various tools available in Photoshop to enhance your images. The course will be both classroom presentation from instructor(s) as well as hands on practice exercises. The course goal is to help you build a solid foundation of what is involved in creating an image editing workflow to get the most out of your images and to create a look or style to your images. All the adjustments you make in your layers are non-destructive. With non-destructive editing, your original file is not altered, whether it’s a camera raw file or a rendered file such as a JPEG, TIFF or PSD. Your edits are saved back to Lightroom as a set of instructions.  You will be required to have both Lightroom and Photoshop installed on your laptop for this course.

  • What we will cover in the classroom:

  • Layer Basics

  • Using Multiple Layers

  • Blending modes with Layers

  • Advanced Blending modes I.E Blend if functions

  • Enhancing Photos with Layers via adjustment layers

  • Eliminating color casts with adjustment layers

  • Smart Layers (filters)

  • Adjustment Layers

    • Solid Color

    • Gradients

    • Patterns

    • Brightness / Contrast

    • Levels

    • Exposure

    • Vibrance

    • Hue / Saturation

    • Color Balance

    • Black and White

    • Photo Filters

    • Channel Mixer

    • Color Look – up

    • Invert

    • Posterize

    • Threshold

    • Gradient Map

    • Selective Color

 

  • Selective Adjustments

  • Layer Mask Basics

    • Creating Layer Masks Automatically

    • Type and Shape Layer Masking

    • Blending images with masks

    • Turning a mask selection to a reusable channel mask

    • Mask inversion

    • Painting on or through a mask to hide or reveal portions of the layer below