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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 31 of 118

Layering to Create Realistic Depth


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 31 of 118

Layering to Create Realistic Depth


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Layering to Create Realistic Depth

then I'll show you, Ah, complex image where I found to be very helpful. This is an image I created from scratch and Photoshopped using the shape tool. I drew one shape, which would look something like this, except for it just looked like a literal flat shape. It looked like that you could use something like the pen tool to create a shape like that. Then I added effects to it, and those of fax included a color overlay, which is the only thing that changes the color of the various shapes. This one happened to be read, then a bevel in Boss, which gave it a three dimensional feeling in something called satin just to make it a little different. And there's also a drop shadow I could have applied that's turned off. Then all of these other ones. Each one was simply rotated and the color was changed. That's the choice called color overlay. It's a layer style. I don't expect you to want to recreate this image. What I want to do is show you how I pushed it to another level using layer masks. The...

red shape is the top most shape you can see the entirety of the shape. I want to make it look like it's woven in between the other shapes. And let's see if I can do that. I can't have a layer, be both on top of another layer and blow the same layer at the same time. There's a definite stacking order, so instead I'm gonna hide the red object wherever it should look A Ziff. It's blow something. So add a layer mask so I can paint with black to hide various areas. And then we'll use a trick here. Let's say this yellowish shape. I want it to look as if it's on top right here and that I wanted to look like it goes underneath. Well, that layer in here is, I believe, the layer right here called yellow swoosh. You see it going on and off when I turn this on, There's a trick and Futter shop where you can get a selection out of any layer that looks like an object that has a checkerboard surrounding that. If you hold on the command key control on windows and you click on this little thumb now it means select all the solid stuff. Don't select the checkerboard it all. So when I command click right there, it gave me a selection of everything that was on that particular layer. And now with that selection active, I'm gonna paint on my mask to say hide right in that area. Therefore, it looks like it's underneath here. I wanted to be on top. I come over here and they wanted to look like it's under this purplish one. So I look and find the one that's the purple one. I think it's this one. No, that must be the pink one. There it is. I do the same trick I command click on it to get a selection and therefore, I'm only gonna paint in the area where it selected. I work in the mask I worked on earlier. That's the mask. It hides the red layer, and I'm gonna paint right there, and it hides that red layer. Now, main reason I wanted to show you this images because did you notice the three D effect applied to this changed as I painted? Well, there's a special setting any time you end up using any of these effects like Bevel in Boss and that's what I want to show you if you go to the letters FX in the bottom of your layers panel and you choose the top most option one of the choices in here you get a whole bunch of choices is called layer mask hides effects. That means if I have a layer mask attached to this layer and I hide something, have the effects like bevel in Boss totally ignore that layer mask. Don't let it change what the effect thinks is the shape of that layer. Just make it hide those effects without changing where they apply. And that caused this just to go back to the way it waas by, choose, undo. See the weirdness Where is there? It's not that will only be useful for those that use layer mass a lot, but anyway, I could go through this process. And once you get good at it and you actually understand what's going on, you should be able to, um, come in and hide this wherever you need to. So goes underneath there. Here it goes, on top, and then it goes underneath this next one in. In the end, that red object is on the top layer And if I hide all the other layers, you can see I'm just hiding little bitty pieces of it to make it look as if it goes under other elements, when in reality it's truly on top of them all. I don't expect you to be able to necessarily follow this unless you're used to using shape, layers, layer styles and layer mass in. The main thing to take away from it, though, is if you ever want to make it look like one layer goes underneath, one object in over another, and you just can't arrange your layers in a way that that would actually be the case. Instead, wherever you want that layer to look like it's going under something else and being obscured by it, just use a layer mask, high delayer in that area. And if it has a layer style like bevel in Boston, it gets messed up when you do, then go into the letters FX at the bottom of your screen. Choose blending options and turn on the one feature that is called layer mask hides, effects. All right, that has been layer mass in photo shop. I use them every day, and I love them, and I hope with a little bit of practice, you will, too,

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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