Working with Layers in Photoshop 7
By Gary David Bouton
Dateline: June 20, 2003
This summer my publisher has given permission to run a chapter from my latest book, Inside Adobe Photoshop 7, as a multi-part series. You can actively participate using Photoshop, and the image files I'll supply, by clicking on the links throughout. Here's part one: I hope you'll like it enough to consider buying the book. :)
When given the choice between gooshing Pla-doh between your fingers for a few hours or helping to design the integration controls for an automated fork lift – quick, which one would you choose? There isn't a right or wrong answer here, but I was kinda hoping that you're the "gooshing" type of person. Why? Because Inside Adobe Photoshop 7 is a book on art and not forklifts, but more importantly, you can indeed learn a lot out of topographically rearranging childrens' modeling clay. There are some things you just pick up by experimenting. And if you're new to Photoshop, it just might seem like the innards to a forklift, but I'm going to make this complex image editing program fun: yes, fun for you to goof around with. I have a handsome, goofy picture on several layers just waiting for you to alter, and you will assuredly learn some Photoshop truths through your (guided) tour.
Meet Bouton's Idea of a Picnic
Introducing Layers and Layer Sets
Exercise 1: Creating and Using a Layer Set
Changing Layers and Moving Objects
Exercise 2: Tapping a Keg
The next weird item on our "let's muck it up" list is the face in the stone pile. Why isn't he smiling? Wanna make him smile? Oooops! We've run out of pixels for this month. Next month, I'll show you how to make the rock smile, and a lot of other neat tricks.
Gary David Bouton is an author and artist who is largely responsible for the book "Inside Adobe Photoshop 7" and wouldn't mind at all if you bought a copy . Gary hosts a thread on the Photoshop Gurus site and is the moderator of a 3D modeling forum. His guide to Caligari's free trueSpace 3D app is available online. Besides being an educator/artist/all-around-nice-guy, Gary also owns a dysfunctional ginsu knife and is frantically trying to find K-Tel's 1-800 number. "But wait, there's more..."