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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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How Do I...

?DO MY RETOUCHING ON A BLANK LAYER?
To retouch on a blank layer, make sure you select the Sample All Layers option in the Options Bar for the tool you’re using (this works for the Spot Healing Brush, the Healing Brush, and the Clone Stamp tool). Then, create a blank layer and make sure it’s selected when you’re retouching.
?LESSEN THE EFFECT OF ANY RETOUCHING I’VE DONE ON A LAYER?
The best way to lessen any retouching effect is to do the retouching on a separate blank layer and then reduce the opacity of that layer to bring in the original texture, pattern, or object from the layer below.
?FLATTEN MY LAYERS WITHOUT ACTUALLY FLATTENING THEM?
This is one of my favorite little tricks. Flattening without flattening is very useful. Say you ...

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