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Adobe Photoshop CS3: Advanced Layer Techniques

After you've learned the basic layer techniques in Photoshop, you can create more complex effects in your images using layer masks, path groups, filters, adjustment layers, and more layer styles. Learn what you can do by combining many filters, effects, layer properties, and layer masks in new ways!

Here's what we'll cover:

  • Creating clipping groups so that an image on one layer can be a mask for images on other layers
  • Adding adjustment layers to an image and using them to adjust the image without permanently changing pixel data
  • Creating knockout layers to use one layer to selectively reveal others
  • Importing layers from other image files
  • Working with type layers
  • Duplicating and clipping layers
  • Adding layer styles to a layer, and applying the effects to multiple layers
  • Rasterizing layers
  • Converting clipping paths to masks
  • Using the Liquify command to give a layer a melted appearance
  • Flattening and saving a layered file to reduce file size

Prerequisites: Completion of Adobe Photoshop CS3: An Introduction and familiarity with the Windows or Macintosh operating systems.


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Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:11:04 AM