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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature (2nd Edition)

Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature (2nd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Matt Kloskowski
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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In 2008, Adobe Photoshop pro and best-selling author Matt Kloskowski broke new ground teaching Photoshop by focusing on the one thing that makes Photoshop the amazing (and sometimes difficult to understand) program it is: layers. Now, Matt returns with a major update that covers layers in Photoshop CS5 in the same concise, easy to understand way that’s made him so well known in the field of Photoshop training.

When asked about the original version of this book, Matt said, "I wanted it to be the Photoshop book that I wish was around when I was first learning." This update improves upon that concept. Within these pages, you’ll learn about:
  • Working with and managing multiple layers in Photoshop CS5
  • Building multiple-layer images
  • Blending layers together
  • Layer masking and just how easy it is
  • Which of the 25+ layer blend modes you really need to know (there are just a few)
  • Using layers to enhance and retouch your photos
  • All of the tips and tricks that make using layers a breeze
  • Plus, a new chapter on advanced layer techniques and compositing to help take your work to the next level
If you want to fully understand layers in Photoshop CS5, this book is the one you’ve been waiting for!

From the Back Cover

When Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski was asked why he wrote this book, he replied, "It's simple: I wanted to write the Photoshop book that I wished was around when I was learning Photoshop". You've always known that layers were the key to understanding Photoshop, and now you have a resource to show you exactly how.

With Matt's clear, easy-to-follow, and concise writing style readers will learn about:
  • Working with and managing multiple layers
  • Building multiple layered images
  • Blending layers together
  • Exactly which of the 25+ Blend Modes you need to worry about (there's just a few)
  • Layer Masking and just how easy it is
  • Using layers to enhance and retouch your photos
  • All of the tips and tricks that make using layers a breeze.
This book is the one that anyone who wants to finally understand layers in Photoshop has been waiting for!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18950 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (29 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E9SUZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers - M Kloklowski 4 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I knew of M Kloskowski's work from seeing his video tutorials in the NAPP website so I knew what to expect.

As a relative newcomer to Photoshop, and keen to improve my skills, I found working with the book an absolute pleasure. There are downloadable files for the user to manipulate in the chapters, and each chapter delivers the subject matter in a simple and easy to follow manner, unlike many so-called self-help books I have used.

Within a few chapters I was designing my own fliers and brochures that I had previously employed a designer to do for me. That in itself repays the cost of the book. I would heartily recommend this to anyone wishing to get to grips with layers in Photoshop.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Photoshop book thats worth every penny 1 April 2011
Absolutely loving this book. Its style is easy to follow and the content is full of so many great tips and techniques. Matt writes like he is in the room talking to you and his style my not be to everyones taste but don't let that stop you from buying this book if you want to learn how to get the best out of photoshops layers features. Whats fantastic about this book is you can download the images Matt has worked on and follow along step by step. I know you can do that with your own photos but by doing it with the same ones as in the book you can see if you are doing it correctly by ending up with the same end product. Then you can go off and have a go on your own know you have got the technique right.

Every chapter is blowing me away, I just can't believe how much I have learned so far - and I am only on Chapter 4. This book is worth every penny.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Photoshop's layer concepts 19 Jan 2011
This book is written by a Photoshop Guru who knows his trade and is able to deliver the knowledge in a comprehensive way. There are not tons of text you'd need to chew through, making it perfect for a quick study sessions at any given time.

The guides and tutorials are written for all user levels, with tips and tricks coming from years of practice and professional experience.

This is an updated version to go along with Photoshop CS5 environment but can be used by users with lower versions, too.

Highly recommended for anyone dealing with Photoshop - from hobbyists and enthusiasts creating their own websites or playing with photographs to professionals who may just discover there was an easier and better way of doing things..
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
With what seems like an infinite number of Photoshop books out there on the shelves all making claims to contain the `secrets' of Photoshop when all is said and done, most do the same thing and that is show you how to achieve certain effects.

Now that's all well and good but what about a book that will help you to really understand Photoshop and show you how to not only achieve certain effects but at the same time, understand the how and why? Well, with the 2nd Edition of Matt Kloskowski's `Layers' book it totally lives up to it's sub heading:

"The complete guide to photoshop's most powerful feature" ... and that is giving a total understanding of Layers.

I made the mistake when I first started using Photoshop of buying into the `effects' books and while they were good fun, I didn't really learn much at all. If I was asked to do a certain thing to a photo or design and create a poster I'd struggle because if it wasn't in print infront of me I wouldn't have known where to start.

It wasn't until I took things back to basics and started grasping an understanding of what was going on that my skill level improved and has continued to do so. In fact since doing so the Plug Ins I own are only used at certain times such as client work that is on a tight time scale for completion as I can generally work out how to achieve the same effect by myself using...wait for it...Layers

The book's 312 pages are packed with `no nonsense' and `straight to the point' information but written in a conversational style that makes it easy to read and digest leaving you not only with more knowledge but an ability to apply what you've read.

Highly Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, thorough and very, very helpful. 16 Feb 2011
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This is the most comprehensive and comprehensible guide to Layers in Photoshop I've ever used. And I've tried quite a few over the years.
The format lets you follow the written information by using online images to match those on the page, so you are actually working alongside the book and creating each effect on your own screen as you go along. It has really helped me understand the difference between the different types of layers and how to use them effectively.
I am trying to work my way through the whole book and am only half way so far but my Photoshop skills are noticibly improved and I'm actually enjoying learning by doing.
So yes, a very good buy. Recomended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not quite perfect 8 Jan 2013
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Photoshop is an immense programme, and one about which numerous books have been published. So far I have yet to come across I book I consider to be the definitive guide, but this one certainly demystifies the use of Layers, which is the aspect of Photoshop that stands it apart from other photo-editing software. On the whole, there are very clear explanations of how to achieve specific effects, ranging from very simple to quite complex. Like any book on a huge topic, the coverage is not exhaustive and some chapters are better than others, but there are certainly hours of entertainment to be had from working through it.

There are two reasons why I did not give it five stars. The first one, which at least one of the other reviews here highlights, is that not everything described in the text correlates precisely with what appears on the screen, and there were a couple of times I just could not get the programme to do what the book seemed to intend it to. The second point, and this may be related, is that you are supposed to be able to download the pictures used in the book from the Kelby publishing website, so that you can work through the examples. I found that the downloads were simply not there when you try to access them, which means that you need to work with your own photos and are therefore never quite sure if you have followed the instructions perfectly. I have found the absent downloads to be a feature of some of the other Kelby publishing books I have purchased, such as the HDR Book by Rafael Concepcion, so I suspect they are only available for a limited period following publication.

Consequently it is not perfect, but it is pretty good.
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Published 2 days ago by D. Haskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers Complete Guide
Very god explains layers in an easy to understand way, very useful book
Published 13 days ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book that has helped me understand layers in Photoshop, well written for the layman.
Published 1 month ago by G. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant book
Published 1 month ago by littlearch
5.0 out of 5 stars layers by matt kloskowski
Love this book, easy to follow. Believe me i have purchased a lot of books trying to understand Photoshop Sc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Get this principle under your hat and you've cracked it.
What Layering is about, by an expert. Thank you Matt!
Published 8 months ago by Stuffmagnet
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
Everything I needed to know was in this book.Easy to look up anything you want to find out about Photoshop Layers.
Published 8 months ago by John & Anne Bullock
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplify Layers
Arrived on time and well packed. Explains Layers in easy stages and not difficult to follow. With some knowledge of layers you can dip into any chapter.
Published 11 months ago by Shaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of layers
I have struggled with layers and this book does a step by step guide to how to use them. The downloads were good. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr Thomas Stenhouse
2.0 out of 5 stars Goodish in the Kelby manner
His style is very similar to Scott Kelby's. Not really my cup of tea because it is too recipe-ish for me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Allen
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