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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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Painting with Light

THIS IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOS AND REALLY DRAW ATTENTION TO THE SUBJECT

Every time I teach this technique, I get folks that ask me to do more. Here’s why it’s so cool, though. There really isn’t more. What you see is what you get. It’s simple, effective, and to the point. That’s why I use it so much. One extra layer and I’m done. I think you’ll agree—simple is better.

Step 1: Open a Photo Where the Subject Needs More Focus

Start out by opening a photo where the subject needs more focus. Here, the bride’s face is too dark and she blends into the background too much.

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Step 2: Add a Curves ...

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