Photoshop Power Tools: Adjustment Layers


Ever wonder what all those Photoshop Adjustment Layers do? Curves, Levels, Color Balance? Which one do I use and when? What are all of those sliders for and exactly how do I use them properly? Posterize and Threshold, come on… who really even uses those?


Come discover the power of Adjustment Layers with me. Not only will we take each and every Adjustment and go over every aspect of what it does and how, but we will also learn how using these powerful tools is the best, most efficient, most flexible way to edit your images. And once you have a working knowledge of how to operate each one, you will see how they give YOU complete control!




Module Focus

Module 1: Adjustment Layers 101 | We will start with defining Adjustment Layers and show why they should ALWAYS be your first choice when editing your photos. Then, we will navigate through our menus and panels and cover a few basics to get us started.


Module 2: Color Adjustments | We will start seemingly out of order with the Adjustment Layers that focus mainly on the colors within our images. Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Selective Color (Yes! There is a difference between those two!), and Black and White.


Module 3: Tonal Adjustments | We will then move on to the Adjustment Layers that focus mainly on the tonal ranges or luminosity of our images… aka, the shadows, highlights, and midtones. Brightness/Contrast, Curves, Levels, and Exposure. But don’t let these Adjustments fool you! They can also be VERY powerful in adjusting the color in our images!


Module 4: Blanket Adjustments | Next, we will move into some Adjustment Layers that can change and stylize your overall image with the press of a button! Photo Filter, Channel Mixer (it isn’t near as complex as it sounds!), Color Lookup (it is nothing like what it sounds), and Gradient Map (a hidden gem, for SURE!)


Module 5: Those Other Adjusments | Seriously. Invert, Posterize, Threshold… who in the world even uses these? And for what?! Granted, you probably won’t use these near as much as say your Levels Adjustment layer, but we will not ignore them! They do have a purpose and we will treat them equally!


Module 6: Applying What We’ve Learned | Now that we have all of this knowledge, let’s learn to apply it to our images. We will learn how to pinpoint what you want the end result of your image to be and choose your Adjustment Layers accordingly. We will learn how to combine and stack multiple Adjustment Layers for stylizing your images. As well as how to focus your Adjustments on specific areas of your image through clipping, grouping, and masking.


Workshop Includes

  • Full color PDF handouts
  • Private message board access


Workshop Details

Instructors Amanda Taylor
Duration Self-Paced
Skill Level Beginner to Intermediate
Dates Instant Access
Regular Price $25.00 | $12.50 Retirement Sale Ends November 20
Recommended Software Adobe Photoshop CS5 and above


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Frequent Questions

Q. Is this class for Photoshop Elements users too?

A. Not at this time.


Q. Will this class make sense to me if I a beginner?

A. Yes!! As long as you are at least familiar with Photoshop … that is, you have made at least 1 scrapbook page using the program, you will be able to follow this workshop. Amanda has set the skill level at “Beginner to Intermediate” meaning that she will cover the basics first and then move into the more intermediate techniques.


Q. Is this a live event? Will I be required to visit the site at a certain time to watch the video training?

A. The Power of Adjustment Layers is presented via pre-recorded video lessons. As this is a self-paced class, you’ll be able to access the classroom and all class content immediately. Though there is less interaction in our self-paced classes, there will be a private forum set up if you have any questions while completing the course.


Q. How long will I have access to the class?

A. All Scrapaneer workshops you have purchased include forever access.


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