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Layers 2nd Edition

pics1106Layers2ndEditionLayers, 2nd Edition
Author: Matt Kloskowski
Publisher: Peachpit Press
299 Pages …. $44.99
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-74958-1
The Complete Guide To Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature

Matt Kloskowski is the acclaimed authority on Photoshop Layers with an ability to write in plain language to make instructions easy to understand. This is the second edition of Matt Kloskowski’s best selling Layers. Understanding layers is a key working in Photoshop.

If you are a Photoshop user, specially a Photoshop CS5 user, if you want to become more export, and if you do not own the first version of Layers, you should add this book to your library.

If you own the first version of Layers, Matt Kloskowski says, “If you bought the first version of this book and you’re looking for a completely new book, please do not buy this one.” It is true that some of the wording is identical to the first version, and most of the topics are the same, but most of the writing has been rewritten and improved. All the images are new.

Forty five new pages have been added including coverage of Photoshop CS5’s Content Aware Fill, a fifth reason why Smart Objects rock ( they remember when they were RAW files), double processing of photos with Smart Objects, and a whole new chapter on advanced layer techniques, blending and compositing.

With Layers 2nd Edition you get online access to five videos, Layer Basics, Selection Basics, Brush Basics, and two videos on the creation of the Layers cover.

So, if you own Photoshop CS5, I would recommend upgrading to Layers, 2nd Edition and giving the first edition to someone who does not yet own Photoshop CS5.

Do the tutorials with your own images or those you can download with the book.

The first chapter is for beginners or anyone else who wants a clear understanding of what layers are and how to use them. Tutorials teach you layer basics, using multiple layers, and more features of layers that will contain somethings that more experienced users probably do not know.

The next four chapters consist of tutorials with all you need to know about blending layers, adjustment layers, layer masks, and type and shape layers. Here I learned how to use the great Paste Into command.

Chapters 6 and 7 meet the special needes of photographers, and chapters 8 and 9, and the new chapter 10 cover more advanced tutorials.

Matt Kloskowski presents all of this with illustrations and language that you will understand and be able to use.

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