Adjustment layers are the most common method for non-destructive color alterations in Photoshop. They are easy to apply and can add a lot of expressive style to an image, but knowing how get the most out of them will involve more than the beginners single click. Dive in if you’re ready.
Adjustment are an absolute essential part of digital photography but some of the can be very important for improvement in values, colors, and contrast for graphic usage as well. I have found that adjustments of textures can be particularly helpful for designers. My favorites are: Hue and Saturation, Levels, Gradient Map, B&W, and Curves. The others have important uses but I haven’t used them near as much.
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Adjustment layers are fantastic tools to use for color or tone manipulations. I’ll go over the basics and give you a couple optional Lynda.com resources to dive deeper.
COMPLETE: Have you followed along with all videos above? Add your notes, screenshots, or images to the post below to show what you have learned and then you may complete this stage.
Nice job, [su_get_displayname], now I think you’re about ready to put your PS skills to use.
Next, you may consider learning about details of specific Photoshop tools or you can take a deeper look at adjustments with a chapter or two from Lynda.com.
Here are a couple of my recommendations, though I am sure there are many other videos available. If you think you find a better set that really helps you, let the Captain know so that he can add it to the suggestions.
Lynda.com Adjustment recommendations:
- Photoshop CC 2017: Chapter 14 Adjustment Layer Essentials – 31 minute Chapter
This completes the required elements of your Photoshop 101 chain. You now have options:
MASTERY: Complete an additional chapter of Lynda tuts on adjustment. Gain a more enhanced understanding of some of the possibilities for Adjustment layers. If you can find a better or more interesting series of lesson on adjustment feel free to document those as well as the specifics of the resource. Once you have completed this additional training and documented the skills in the post you may claim mastery.
If you finish the above additional work from Lynda.com you certainly deserve this major loot award, but don’t forget to document your new skills on your Blog post above.
Completion of the above Extra Mastery means you deserve this reward.
- Consider finding a Lynda.com Chapter on:
- Layer Effect
- Blend Modes
- Create a Visual Pun
- Work on the “Mutant Jack” Photoshop Project
- Learn new skills in short individual videos from Deke’s Techniques
- Expand your skill set with new Creative Quick Tips
- Considering beginning one of the final Epic Quests (see Coulson)