Photoshop Basic Layer Usage and Management-WRK242 (PS05), Midwest Photo, Thursday, 06. June 2019

Photoshop Basic Layer Usage and Management

Series Overview:

Experienced digital photographers will tell you that Adobe's Photoshop is the digital editing tool of choice. Photographers that know their way around the Photoshop application will tell you that it's an incredibly powerful tool with a myriad of solutions to everyday editing challenges. New Photoshop users can be challenged by the application’s depth of features and apparent complexity, but at Soft Lite Studios, we have developed a structured series of classes that will make Photoshop not only easy to learn, but fun to learn as well. Our 16 different Photoshop courses will not only allow you to dissect Photoshop into easy to digest pieces, they allow you to select just the class that are right for your editing needs.


In this class, the fifth (5th) in our sixteen (16) course Photoshop series, we begin to explore the many features and benefits of using Layers in your Photoshop documents. While Photoshop works quite well as a single layer image editor, a significant portion of its real power is unlocked when you begin to take advantage of Layers in your work. Upon learning how to interact with Layers in the Photoshop application, you will have opened up a whole new world of editing and compositing potential.

Course Contents:

In the first section of this class, we will explore the Layers control panel and understand its many features and functions. You will learn how to use the control panel to create layers, control their behavior and manage all the layers that might exist within your document. Our exploration will uncover the many ways that layers can be used as a safety mechanism when performing edit commands and the power that a non-destructive layer-based editing approach can provide.

In the second section of the class, our exploration of Layers will continue with an in-depth look into the interaction between Layers. As Layers stack upon one another controls such as Opacity and Fill have a dramatic impact on how your image builds. Our job in this section is to ensure that you understand this layered composite effect and how it can be used to your advantage.

Undoubtedly as you learn more about Layers and you begin to take full advantage of them, you will want to know the best way to manage them. This portion of the class focuses on exactly that, ensuring that you know the best practices for working with large collections of layers and that you begin to take advantage of layers in creating multiple editing paths within a document.

While we are learning all about Layers, we will be working hands-on with a variety of sample and exercise documents within Photoshop. Each participant will have many opportunities to reinforce the learning concepts presented, with step by step usage of these lessons and demonstrations given in class.

Course Prerequisites:

Participants enrolling in this class should have the following knowledge / experiences prior to attending this class:

General operating system knowledge as outlined below

WRK222 (PS01) - Photoshop Files, Preferences and Color Settings

WRK224 (PS02) - Photoshop Interface, Panels and Tools

WRK232 (PS03) - Photoshop Image Editing Tools (Part 01)

WRK234 (PS04) - Photoshop Image Editing Tools (Part 02)

General Prerequisites:
· Computer (with power supply)
· Photoshop (fully installed and ready)
· Familiar with computer basics (file management)

You will want to bring a laptop or computer to class if you wish to follow along using the exercise files that will be handed out. While most of the concepts and features demonstrated will be backward compatible with older versions of Photoshop, the instructor will be using the most recent version of the application. Many of the Photoshop concepts presented will be similar to operations available in Photoshop Elements. However, the instructor will not be able to make the translations of all exercises to equivalent features in the Photoshop Elements software. If you have recently subscribed to Adobe's Creative Cloud service, you will want to make sure that you have correctly installed the software locally and confirm its successful startup and operation before coming to class.

Many software complications, such as slow performance and lagging screen refreshes, are due to computer systems that are under-resourced. Continued satisfactory use of the software title covered in this course will be dependent upon your computer's configuration; please refer to the vendor's documentation to ensure that your system is adequately provisioned.

Last, but not least, you should ensure that you are familiar with the operation of your computer, its filing system and the shortcut keys and functions that it offers. A large percentage of the support issues that come up during class is rooted in the user not having knowledge of or a base level understanding of the operating system they are using on their computer. Most of today's mainstream software applications, provide features and functions based on capabilities provided by that computer's operating system. Failure to understand operating system provided functionality can lead to difficulty in understanding capabilities within the software we are teaching in class. Base level knowledge of your computer's filing system, storage locations, and operational shortcuts will go a long ways towards enhancing your experience in this course and with your computer system overall.
-This is one (1) indivudial Photoshop Class-
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You may request a refund up to one day before the class. For example, if your class is on a Saturday, you have until the Friday before to ask for a refund. We can provide a class transfer credit for a refund requested the day of the class or after the class has completed.

Thursday, 06. June 2019, Midwest Photo, Photoshop Basic Layer Usage and Management-WRK242 (PS05)

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