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Photoshop Power Tools Part 2: Layers, Masks, and Modes

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Build a solid foundation in Layers, Masks, and Modes. You’ll learn how these powerful imaging editing tools affect the image and how to use them to create composite images, colorized images, and how to create dramatic special effects.

Learn Layers in Photoshop (or any image editing program that supports layers) and you’ll acquire one of the most critical skills you need for effective image editing. When you want to correct exposure or modify color or contrast in an image, skilled use of layers is the way to make that happen. Layers also give you precise control when adding text, combining multiple images to create composites, and even for application of striking colorization effects to a black and white image.

Use Masks with multi-layered images to hide or reveal parts of an image. Understanding how masks work with layers is critical to using layers successfully and you will learn how to use this tool like a pro.

Master the Modes functions to change the way layers in an image interact with each other. Modes can dramatically change the effect of layers and masks. Some modes will render blacks in an image completely invisible, while others render whites invisible, and others will let you add color to an image without covering up the underlying detail.

Prerequisite: Experience with Photoshop selection tools or completion of Photoshop Power Tools Part 1: Selection Tools.

For all classes, you will need to bring your own laptop computer and have Lightroom and Photoshop loaded. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription plan is $9.99/month and you can purchase a single month or subscribe for as long as you like. It is available here:

 Click the button to “Buy now” under the Photography Plan. At the end of the class you may continue to subscribe or you may choose to buy the software. You may also cancel your subscription and simply delete it from your computer. None of your images or files will be affected if and when you decide to remove or deactivate the Adobe software.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

McCarthy Hall

Charles Almarez 



Registration Closes On
Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/25/2019 - 5/16/2019 Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Clifton Forge, McCarthy Hall  Map Charles Almarez