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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Co-host of the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV Kloskowski

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Adjustment Layer Basics

ADJUSTMENT LAYERS GIVE US THE ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING OUR PHOTOS LOOK BETTER

Why are adjustment layers so cool? Let’s say we have a photo that we’d like to turn into a black-and-white photo. Sure, you can use the Black & White adjustment under the Image>Adjustments menu, but when you apply it to your image, you’ve made a permanent change. So if you save the file, you’d never be able to go back and see your color image again. Well, most of those adjustments under the Image>Adjustments menu are also available as an adjustment layer. These little layers do the same exact adjustment, but on a separate layer. Not only can you easily get back to your original image by using adjustment layers, but you can ...

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