The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 17, 2014

Category: General

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Today I have a new Photoshop book to tell you about that’s just hit the shelves called The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop …

Written by my friend Scott Valentine he describes the book as:

Photoshop’s adjustment and fill layers give you an amazing level of control and are the building blocks of innumerable techniques. In this definitive resource, Scott Valentine demonstrates how to use these simple but powerful tools through approachable hands-on examples, and he calls on other Photoshop experts to share their techniques.

 Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist, you’ll learn techniques that give you an edge in technical, personal, and commercial projects. Beginning and intermediate users of Photoshop will learn how adjustment and fill layers work and get up to speed on the most common techniques. Advanced users will find indispensable reference material in addition to speedy solutions to vexing problems. More than just a collection of effects and recipes, The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop explains why the techniques work and how to tune them for your specific needs.

Scott’s previous title The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop is one I have on my iPad and that I’ll regular refer to and recommend to others because it not only covers a lot of material but what is covered is relevant be you a Designer or Photographer and that goes for this, his latest book.

Guest Author
So as I’m sure you can imagine, I was honoured when Scott asked me last year if I would contribute to the book as a Guest Author…

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My contribution covers a technique I’ve never covered elsewhere and that’s how I go about realistically blackening/darkening windows.

This is one of those things that you might at first think to just fill or paint with black but if you want it to be realistic then you’re going to want to go a different route and so I show how to do it using a combination of selections, 50% grey, a filter and of course an adjustment layer PLUS some bonus tips too.

In addition there are contributions from other Guest Authors from the worlds of Photography and Design including friends and fellow Photoshop World Instructors such as:

Alan Hess, Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan, Mark Heaps, Colin Smith, Patrick LaMontagne, Janet Stoppee, Pete Collins, Howard Pinsky, Corey Barker, Rocky Berlier and Weston Maggio.

Naturally with Scott being the books author and contributions from folks above I highly recommend this book; like I said a lot of material is covered and the really great thing is that the book covers enough detail for people who want fast results and also those who like to dig even deeper.

 •Available as both a Paperback and Kindle version you can check it out on Amazon here [Link]

Price at £27.99 (Paperback) and £18.20 (Kindle)

Right that’s all from me so have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days with some behind the scenes from recent photo shoots, new tutorial videos and more.


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1 Comment

  1. Glyn

    Jaap, rather than using the term ‘we’ just stick to ‘I’ seeing as you are the only one who has felt compelled to take time out of your life to write such words. You do not know me hence you have no idea about my morals so let me enlighten you…

    I would NEVER recommend anything I did not believe it nor that I feel is quality and worthy of checking out. Recently I was offered $4200 to place a 10 second advert in 3 episodes of my weekly show but here’s the thing…the money would have been very easy to pocket BUT as I was not using the service because I didn’t feel it suited me nor was something I could recommend I turned it down!

    So don’t come to me writing such uneducated comments and accusing me of recommending something purely on the basis I am involved in it in some way; those who know me would understand I would never have been involved in the first place had I not believed in the quality of the author; friendship or no friendship!

    Believe it or not I too have purchased books in the past that I couldn’t relate to but that’s where I left it. I know MANY people who enjoy Scott’s style of writing so again I suggest you just refer to yourself when you write this as opposed to ‘us’.

    Finally…I imagine Scott will sleep soundly despite you not purchasing the book and I eagerly await your first book to hit the shelves however instinct tells me I have a long wait ahead.




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