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Lesson 3. Layer Basics

Lesson 3. Layer Basics


Both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady let you isolate different parts of an image on layers. Each layer can then be edited as discrete artwork, allowing unlimited flexibility in composing and revising an image.


In this lesson, you'll learn how to do the following:

  • Organize your artwork on layers.

  • Create a new layer.

  • View and hide layers.

  • Select layers.

  • Remove artwork on layers.

  • Reorder layers to change the placement of artwork in the image.

  • Apply modes to layers to vary the effect of artwork on the layer.

  • Link layers to affect them simultaneously.

  • Apply a gradient to a layer.

  • Add text and layer effects to a layer.

  • Save a copy of the file with the layers flattened.

This lesson will take about 60 minutes to complete. The lesson is designed to be done in Adobe Photoshop, but information on using similar functionality in Adobe ImageReady is included where appropriate.

If needed, remove the previous lesson folder from your hard drive, and copy the Lesson03 folder onto it. As you work on this lesson, you'll overwrite the start files. If you need to restore the start files, copy them from the Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book CD.

Note

Windows users need to unlock the lesson files before using them. For information, see "Copying the Classroom in a Book files".



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