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Getting started

In this lesson, you’ll work with an image that has two layers plus a background layer. You’ll get more experience with adjustment layers, layer effects, layer masks, and layer filters. Beyond this lesson, there is no substitute for experimentation and creativity for learning what you can do by combining the many filters, effects, layer properties, layer masks, and layer properties in new ways.

Start Adobe Photoshop, and immediately hold down Ctrl-Alt-Shift (Windows) or Command-Option-Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences.

When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.

Click the Go to Bridge button () on the tool options bar to open Adobe Bridge.

In the Favorites palette in the upper left corner of Bridge, click the Lessons favorite, and then double-click the Lesson11 folder in the preview area.

Select the 11End.psd thumbnail and examine it in the Preview palette. If necessary, enlarge the Preview palette so that you can get a good look.

Double-click the 11Start.psd thumbnail to open the file in Photoshop.

Close (or minimize) the Navigator, Color, and History palette groups, and move the Layers palette group to the top of the work area. Drag the corner of the Layers palette group to elongate it so that you’ll be able to see about ten layers without scrolling.

Currently, there are only three layers in the palette, and visibility for all three is on. However, only the opaque Metal Grille layer is visible in the image window. The Rust layer and the Background are stacked underneath it, so the metal grille image blocks your view of these underlying layers.

Using the eye icons () in the Layers palette, examine the layers one by one, hiding each of the other layers so that you can see exactly what each layer image looks like.

Reset eye icons for all the layers so that all are on, as when you opened the file.



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