Lesson 6 - Objectives 1-2 (Monday)
B06-01 The basics of Photoshop layers
- Understand how the layer stack is organized, looking down through it from top to bottom
- Understand what the six types of layers are, and how to filter down to each of them
- Understand how to change the size of the layer thumbnail images
- Understand how Photoshop shows transparency on layers
- Understand how the background layer works and how to change it to a regular layer
- Understand the different locks that you can add to any layer
- Understand what a smart object is and how it works
- Understand how to turn the visibility of layers and layer effects on or off.
- Understand how to name layers, and the different filters you can use to find layers
- Understand how to label layers, and the filters you can use to find labeled layers
- Know how to get to the layer panel menu, and the layer style dialog
- Understand how to load multiple files into layers in a single document
- Learn different ways that you can select a layer
- Understand how you can use the move tool while working with layers
- Understand how to move layers to new positions in the layer stack
- Know what the different icons mean in the layers panel
Learn and Apply:
Work through the tutorial, The Basics of Photoshop Layers,
I strongly encourage you to have a Photoshop file open so you can try these things out for yourself! Here is a Photoshop file you can use to play around with. Or you can use one of your own.
There is a lot to learn, as you can tell from the objectives list.
B06-02 Skill: Using Layers to Create Document Layouts
So far in this course, you've learned how to create grid layouts. Let's combine this with what you've learned about layers and walk you through an example of creating a layout using grids and layers. Please go through the tutorial, Using Grids and Layers to Create a Design.
Apply: Exercise B06-02
Find a layout that inspires you. Using layers and guides as shown in the tutorial, create your own version. Have fun! Be creative. Make the design your very own. Save your file as B06-02_Your_Name.PSD and submit it with the lesson six exercise files.
This exercise would make a great portfolio exhibit if you choose to use it!