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Photoshop CS4: Layers in Depth: Shape Layers

By Jan Kabili

In Photoshop CS4: Layers in Depth, Jan Kabili explores the layer-related features and techniques that allow designers and photographers to work non-destructively with separate pieces of artwork, photographs, and text in a single Photoshop file. She teaches everything from the basics of creating and managing layers to more advanced topics like layer masking, layer comps, and clipping layers.

When you want to add a graphic to a Photoshop composition, creating a shape layer is often the best way to go.  The advantage of a shape layer over a regular pixel based layer is that a shape layer defines itself with a vector based outline.  In this clip, host Jan Kabili discusses how to create shape layers, concentrating on shapes made with the geometric shape tools.


Shape Layers

Shape Layers

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Jan Kabili is senior trainer and evangelist at She has authored numerous books on Adobe software, including How to Wow: Photoshop CS2 for the Web, Photoshop CS Complete Course, Photoshop Elements Complete Course, and Photoshop 7 ImageReady Hands?on Training for the Web (with Lynda Weinman). In addition to her training videos, she has written many articles for leading software publications such as Macworld, Photoshop User, and Mac Design magazines. Jan has not only contributed to the Adobe Classroom, but she is a published photographer and digital artist, with a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a law degree from Stanford Law School.
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