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    The 6 best Photoshop layers any photographer can use

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 04/03/2014 00:01am
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    Photoshop has many types of layers and adjustment layers available, but there are six that you’ll find you need to use again and again.

    The 6 best Photoshop layers any photographer can use

    Learning how Photoshop layers should be used may seem a little daunting for beginners, but once you’ve got to grips with them, you’ll find they play a part in the creative process of almost every image you make.

    Best Photoshop layers: 01 Levels

    This should be the first layer you add to an image, because it fundamentally alters the tonal range of the entire image.

    Create a Levels adjustment layer, drag the Black Point slider inwards until it touches the left-hand edge of the histogram, and drag the White Point slider inwards to the right-hand edge.

    This remaps the tones of the image to make more of the available tonal range.

    SEE MORE: Photoshop Levels Tool: 6 tricks all the pros use

    Best Photoshop layers: 02 Curves

    Best Photoshop layers: 02 Curves

    Curves is one of the most powerful adjustment layers. An S-shaped curve brightens the highlights and darkens the shadows, resulting in extra contrast.

    Create a Curves adjustment layer and click the middle of the diagonal line to add a central control point.

    Drag down on the lower part of the line and drag up on the upper part of the line to improve image contrast.

    SEE MORE: Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

    Best Photoshop layers: 03 Hue/Saturation

    Best Photoshop layers: 03 Hue/Saturation

    This adjustment layer is best used for altering the intensity and brightness of individual colour channels in an image – greens and blues in landscapes, for instance.

    Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, click the Master menu and choose the colour channel you’d like to adjust.

    Small changes are usually the most effective.

    PAGE 1: Best Photoshop layers – Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation
    PAGE 2: Best Photoshop layers – Healing layer, Dodge and Burn, Selective sharpening

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