Course info
Mar 29, 2013
4h 58m

Using the vector drawing capabilities of Photoshop to create drawing for explaining technical concepts.

About the author
About the author

Dan is an independent consultant, author, and speaker. He likes data; pointy data, rectangular data, even data just lying around on the floor. He is a co-author of the book "A Developers Guide to SQL Server 2005". His articles have been published in MSDN Magazine and SQL Server Magazine and he has spoken at WinDev, Microsoft events, as well as to various developer groups.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Shadow and Glow, Bitmap Tools, and Layer Masks
Hello I'm Dan Sullivan. And in this video we'll continue our coverage of layers. In this video we'll cover three major topics. We'll start with a couple of specific effects that we'll cover in some detail. All effects are properties of a layer and are described by a set of parameters. The parameters themselves are particular to each effect. It's too much to cover all the effects in Photoshop, but these two will give you a basic understanding of how they work. Layer masks are defined using the bitmap tools in Photoshop and well cover some of these. Masking is another big foundational feature of Photoshop and this course cannot provide complete coverage. However, most of the masks used in technical drawings are based on some simple shapes and the coverage is oriented towards that so let's get started. So what we're going to do is cover two effects that are often used in technical drawings; drop shadow and inner glow. These effects will give you a good idea of how to customize effect in general besides being useful in themselves. Also we will look at a technique that makes it a bit easier to see what each parameter of an effect visually produces by separating the effect from the shape itself. We'll start with the drop shadow effect.

Combining Layers, Duplication, and Composition
Dan Sullivan: Hello. I'm Dan Sullivan, and this is the last of the videos on layers. In this video we'll be covering three topics. First we will look at how layers can be combined to act at least for some purposes as a single layer. One we have already seen a little bit before, grouping, which puts layers together into a folder much like computer file systems treat files. Linking is another way to combine layers, which is similar to grouping but does not require layers to be adjacent to each other. Merging is the last way to combine layers, which literally combines them into a single layer. It should be no surprise that Photoshop lets you duplicate a layer because that's such a simple feature to add to almost any application whether it is dealing with images, text or just about any kind of data. What may be surprising is just how useful it is, and lastly we will look at layer compositions or layer comps as they are called. This seemingly trivial feature lets you in effect make a snapshot of the layers that are visible in your drawing. This makes it easy to make a set of images that share some common components in a single PSD file. This might be a set of similar drawings you need for a document or a presentation or it can even be a complete set of slides for a presentation, so let's get started.