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#1 Matthew

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 06:06 PM

How extensive are layers used when you edit an image? Describe how you use the layers.

Personally, I find them to be the most important part of the editing process as I tend to mess up quite a bit and don't want to have to restart the picture.
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#2 Ashish92

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:44 AM

The most extensive of my photomanipulations has went over to 200 layers. (but then again I am hyper obsessed with backtracking so perhaps I work too much on layers as my peers tell me often)


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#3 Phos

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:34 PM

I normally have at least four or five layers in Photoshop of the same item. It honestly depends on what I'm working on though, since some projects are fairly short while others may take quite a bit longer.

 

My quick Photoshop ventures usually include adding a bit of depth or contrast to an image, so I'll have three or four layers that I work on, each using a different method of editing. Some I'll overlay, some I'll stylize, and so on. Many times I use the simple technique of cropping the object or person of the image, creating a new layer for that, and then filtering the background a bit to bring the subject to the foreground of the image. Most of my ventures, actually, tend to be really simple but effective.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:38 PM

I normally have at least four or five layers in Photoshop of the same item. It honestly depends on what I'm working on though, since some projects are fairly short while others may take quite a bit longer.

 

My quick Photoshop ventures usually include adding a bit of depth or contrast to an image, so I'll have three or four layers that I work on, each using a different method of editing. Some I'll overlay, some I'll stylize, and so on. Many times I use the simple technique of cropping the object or person of the image, creating a new layer for that, and then filtering the background a bit to bring the subject to the foreground of the image. Most of my ventures, actually, tend to be really simple but effective.

 

It sounds like you have lots of experience with Photoshop! What type of projects do you edit?

 

I only ever use it when I'm trying to edit one small specific area of a photo, since Aperture won't let me do that. I stay very simple with the layers and most of my projects don't use more than three.


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#5 Phos

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:42 PM

Most of my projects are in web designing since I'm contracted out regularly to work with clients, but for what I was talking about was mostly for my hobby photography. I just bought a DSLR a few months ago because I've always wanted to get into photography, so I use Photoshop to help compensate from my lack of skill in that area. Haha. I'm more experience with the program than the actual photographing, so it helps to make my pictures look that little bit better.

 

But yeah, generally my photos don't need a lot of layers. I just love how flexible Photoshop is without having to put a ton of time or effort into it.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:51 PM

The most extensive of my photomanipulations has went over to 200 layers. (but then again I am hyper obsessed with backtracking so perhaps I work too much on layers as my peers tell me often)

 

SERIOUSLY?  How are you able to work  with that many layers?  Are each later truly vital and place a great importance in the piece you are working on or do you just like the option to not include most of them?  I think the most I've ever worked with are 10 layers and that's because I was using multiple renders for someone as I was making them a banner for their gaming forum. 


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