|Page (1) of 1 - 03/29/08||email article||print page|
PHOTOSHOP LAYERSMatt Kloskowski peels away the layers of Photoshop
You can either download the book or purchase the printed version. Personally I think you'd be fine with the printed version - - it's easier to mark up, and make notes in the margins. The download version is a little bit smaller - and you won't be eating trees in order to learn about Photoshop's layers. Either way, the new book is an absolute must for anyone who wants to take advantage of the main benefit of Photoshop: Layers.
This book focuses on the layers of Photoshop. Not like you wouldn't get that from the title - you probably would. What you might want to take a minute to appreciate is that Adobe Photoshop's layer feature can easily fill a whole book - without even going into depth on its other tools. While Matt does describe some of the other features in the software; you'd have to when talking about the potential of layers.
One of the really excellent topics that Matt covers well is a review of transfer modes. Whether you know them as "transfer modes", "blend modes", just "Multiply, Screen, Overlay and those other ones", or even if you've never experienced these swanky modes at all, these are key to making some dynamic layering.
Each chapter ends with an overview quiz which helps you to figure out whether you've been able to grasp the contents of the previous chapter. These quizzes also serve to give you little tips and shortcuts which will help you to get more out of Photoshop as a whole.
If you want to take a look at a sample chapter from Matt's book, check out PEACHPIT PUBLISHING online at:
Become a Peachpit member and save on your book purchases.
For more articles like these, be sure to subscribe to RENDERS
A free online reminder of all of the top tutorials and stories.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
Related Keywords:review, tutorial, pdf book, peachpit, photoshop layers, matt kloskowski
Source:Digital Media Online. All Rights Reserved