Layers and masks are at the heart of everything that Photoshop can do. Once you grasp them, everything else becomes a zillion times easier.
You've probably seen advice on forums like "do such-and-such and mask it back". Or encountered a tutorial which instructs you to "make a such-and-such layer and adjust such-and-such". The fact is, the internet is overflowing with great Photoshop resources to rock your editing world. But if you lack that all-important core understanding of layers and masks, you'll find you can't take advantage of all the advice and tutorials you find.
I've written a short course for beginners, to teach you the basics of those layers and their masks. It's an online slideshow presentation, with plenty of illustrations and screenshots. The slides are brief and snappy, and easy to understand. PLUS there are accompanying videos to watch; and best of all, it has complete question-and-answer interaction. If you don't understand something, or would like further information or clarification, just type your question right there beneath the slide, and I'll immediately answer it next time I'm at my computer.
This is for people with both Photoshop AND Photoshop Elements. Too many people think that Elements is a substandard program, lacking the powerful functionality of Photoshop. I hasten to dispel this myth - Elements is an enormously powerful program, possessing much of the same important layer and mask ability as its big brother. This course will empower Elements users to their fullest.
The aim of this isn't to teach any specific editing techniques. Instead, it'll give you a solid understanding of the Layers panel (and the Adjustments panel, if your version has it), which will empower you to understand and embrace every tutorial you find on the web, in magazines, etc.
The price of this course is a mere $20, but until the end January, it's half price - just ten dollars! And if you don't feel like you got your ten dollars' worth, I'll refund your money without hesitation.
To find out more, just send me a message on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/damien.symonds
Here are comments from some of the many people who have already taken the course:
"The course was fantastically easy to understand, very very helpful and memorable."
"I LOVED it!!! Damien's course was so clear and easy to understand! The illustrations were perfect and the videos/links were so helpful."
"I had self-taught from you tube videos, etc but the slideshow really brought everything together and now I can't wait to play and experiment more with post processing!"
"The best money I have ever spent! I have been trying to figure out how to create a few effects I've seen and loved, and had spent literally thousands of dollars buying books, magazines, and actions to achieve them with no avail. After spending 30 minutes on this class, I was immediately able to do just what I have been trying to do for months!"
"I just finished this and it was worth every penny (and brilliant value!). I am completely new to layers and masks (they have always scared me in the past) but this explained everything really logically and demystified them. Learnt more in an hour than I have in a year trying to delve into my many books and getting completely lost. Highly recommended!!"