Where do you live Capt? Most libraies seem to have online databases nowadays, and you could search for the perfect book. Layers go back to the beginnings of Photoshop, so there are bound to be books on the shelf for you. It's something I miss since coming to live in New Zealand, as I used to be able to search the entire county where I lived, and have books brought to my local library for a tiny fee. We have two libraries where I live now, but I doubt there is anything more up to date than Windows XP and Photoshop CS3 :-( Thank goodness for Kindles, as I was spending a fortune on reading matierial!
Hey. I have done them an injustice. There are actually CS6 titles in the list!
Layers go back to the beginnings of Photoshop
That is almost correct. Layers were introduced with Photoshop version 3 (Tiger Mountain for Mac, and unnamed for PC), and Adjustment Layers with Photoshop version 4 (Big Electric Cat), so that WAS a very, very long time ago. I only have had the PC versions, so the chain began with version 2.5 (Brimstone - Merlin on the Mac), for me.
Now, a good resource for most things Photoshop is Dr. Russell Brown. If there is a feature in PS, he has probably done an article, or tutorial on it.
Good luck to the OP,
Julieanne Kost has a section of video tutorials on Layers, Masking and Compositing.
Maybe a little dry compared to Dr. Brown (she is a much more dynamic speaker in person) but should cover what you want to know.
I highly recommend Matt Kloskowski's book on Layers. It is good for learning but also as a reference.
Thanks to everybody.....I am still a dummy but I am much more informed
but I am much more informed
That goes for many of us too.
I've been using PS commercially, since version 2.5, and learn something new, from the great folk here, almost every day! Very few can possibly know it all, and when they do, then Adobe brings out some new "stuff."
Just in this thread, I leaned about Julieanne Kost's book.
Bill, I came to Photoshop from the Amiga 1000 with Delux Paint, an application years ahead of its time, that would do animated 3D graphics, and with a cheap genloc, overlay them onto video. Photoshop had reached version 4 by the time I switched, and I have always been a Windows user anyway. You were spot on about when Layers were introduced though.
Capt, if you find, and like, Matt Kloskowski's book, then you might like to follow the Photoshop Guys on Photoshop User TV That is an amazing free resourse, and there are over 300 episodes now. Scott Kelby has got together one heck of a team over there, with as well as Matt and Scott Kelby himself, of course, there is Cory Barker of Planet Photoshop which is a first class resource all by itself.
I find video tutorials more accessible than books nowadays, because my eyesight is none too flash, which reminds of another worthwhile resource (and I am not being rude when I say) You Suck at Photoshop. These are hilarious, but also full of great content. In fact Donny would be right at home in this group as he often dreams up clever ways to use Photoshop tools. The way he makes the train disapear into the distance in his Vanishing Point video is just one example.