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Part II: Layers and Masks Exposed > LAYERS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Chapter 6. LAYERS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

The four essential skills that dedicated Photoshop users need to understand are correcting and managing color, making selections, working with layers, and masking. Color correction is addressed in my previous book Photoshop Restoration and Retouching. In this book, Chapter 8, “Selecting Fine Hair and Detail”; Chapter 9, “Advanced Selection Techniques”; and Chapter 10, “Selecting Translucency and Green Screen Techniques” delve so deeply into how to make selections that ever since writing them I see dancing ants wherever I look. This chapter is dedicated to layers, layers, and layers. When working with layers, if you've ever experienced that sinking feeling of “I get it…I think I get it…well, I thought I got it…I'll never get it…,” then you have opened to the right page!

This chapter will help you understand the fundamental principles and application of layers so that you can collage, montage, composite, and create the images that are in your mind's eye. In this chapter, you'll learn to


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