Using Layers in Photoshop WEEK 1

ABOUT PHOTOSHOP LAYERS

WEEK 4 - LESSON 1

Photoshop layers are like sheets of stacked acetate. You can see through transparent areas of a layer to the layers below. You move a layer to position the content on the layer, like sliding a sheet of acetate in a stack. You can also change the opacity of a layer to make content partially transparent.

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PHOTOSHOP LAYERS PANEL OVERVIEW

The Layers panel in Photoshop lists all layers, layer groups, and layer effects in an image. You can use the Layers panel to show and hide layers, create new layers, and work with groups of layers. You can access additional commands and options in the Layers panel menu.

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A. Layers panel menu B. Filter C. Layer Group D. Layer E. Expand/Collapse Layer effects F. Layer effect G. Layer thumbnail 

 

NEED TO LEARN MORE?

Watch the following video on How to organise your workspace in Photoshop

Watch the following video on Using Layers in Photoshop 

Watch this video on Introduction to Layers

 

GETTING (SUR)REAL ABOUT THIS!

WEEK 4 - LESSON 2

Photoshop is a tool that is used to manipulate photographs. Lightroom is a tool that is used to edit photos. This is a great way to think of the difference between these two powerful programs.

About 10 years ago, this commercial by dove caused a stir, as the extent at which Photoshop is used to manipulate an image for publication was revealed. The video leads us to question how much of we see is real... how much is manipulated to satisfy our views of what is beauty?

Today's lesson you are going deep into the world of surrealist photography and going to start planning your own surrealist work to hopefully be exhibited at the TGS symposium.

 

STEP ONE: Define surrealism in your own words. Share within small groups.

STEP TWO: Google search "surrealist photography" - choose two images you like and share with one other person in the group

STEP THREE: Read the article 10 surrealist photographers you must know

STEP FOUR: Begin planning your own Surrealist Photography piece. This should involve the sketching of ideas and a planning sheet of photos that you will need to take.