Layers, Masks, Blend Modes …

Click the title, or the read more prompt below to see the full blog entry. Modification of your images is better, easier, more controllable, and more elegantly done using layers, masks and blend modes. Obviously, selections are important, but you can’t modify a selection after a correction is made if you cannot access the way it was applied.

This is where masking comes into play. What surprises most people is how easy it is once you understand the process. Even more surprising to most people is how easy it is to learn. If you really want to be able to make your images the way you want them to be, and not what the camera hands you, have I got a class for you.

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at the Hershey Library I will be giving a class on using selections, layers, masks, and blend modes. While the class will be aimed at Elements users for demonstration purposes, the concepts and information apply equally to full Photoshop. The version of the software you own is not important except that Elements must be v.9 or newer. I will be using Elements 11 to demonstrate.

I will be presenting an Advanced Photoshop class in the spring of 2018, and understanding layers, masks and blend modes will be essential for that class. This is your chance to learn the basics if you are not already using these techniques.

Essential techniques will be demonstrated to show you how to control color and contrast, better ways to burn and dodge, how to composite images for both content and for exposure control, and even more. Non-destructive editing, including retouching – yeah, you really need to know this stuff if you care about your images.

The doors at the Hershey Library open at 9:30 and the class runs to about 1:00 p.m. Cost is $45. You can sign up at the library in advance if convenient, or pay at the door. Please let me know you are coming by emailing me so I can have sufficient handouts.


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