I get a lot of requests for Photoshop tips and tutorials. So, in this video I wanted to focus on some of the basics and get you started on a good solid foundation. One of the first things you'll want to learn is how to use layers, and how they can help you do something called nondestructive editing in Photoshop.
There are many ways to do anything in Photoshop, some better than others. By learning how to use layers and Smart Objects you can safely edit your image with peace of mind – knowing that you are not ruining it, and you can get it all back at any time.
Before and after – nondestructive editing in Photoshop
See how I take this image:
I use Lightroom for about 90% of my photo editing and processing and only jump over to Photoshop when I need to use layers for something. One example of that is to combine two images as in a composite, or adding a texture overlay. This is where the power of layers really shines.
In the video you will see me take these two images:
And make something completely new that didn't exist before, by combining them into one.
Watch the video tutorial
Here are links to the other Photoshop tutorials I mentioned in the video:
- Layer Masking in Photoshop – What is it and how do you use it?
- Video Tutorial: Photoshop Blending Modes Explained
- How to Use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop for Tone Control (I didn't mention this one but it applies all the tips and shows you how to use them)
- How to Give Your Pictures an Authentic Vintage Appearance
Lastly, this may help you with this month's photography challenge as well – head over to Get Processing – August Photography Challenge for more details, and to participate. We have not one, but TWO great prizes up for grabs this month, and you get to play with some of my images.