When I mention duplicating layers below, I mean you select the thumbnail/icon of thelayer you want to duplicate and drag it to the New Layer button (#1 in the aboveillustration). This duplicates the layer and positions it above the layer you clicked anddragged. —You have a photo that you’d like to tweak. —You aren’t afraid to play around with sliders and settings.
Taking the picture
I might muck about with some settings on the camera, but I want to capture the vision inmy head as close as I can while I’m in the moment. I might think about post-processing, but that’s pretty rare. I usually make a mental note of the kind of thing I want, click theshot and move on. This isn’t always the best way to work, but it’s how the image I’musing in this tutorial evolved.So here’s our starter image:(click image to see a larger version)
I always keep a layer in Photoshop of my original file, untouched and at the bottom of the stack in the Layer Palette. So the first thing I do is select the background layer anddrag it to the New Layer button. This creates a layer of the same image that I can edit,calm in the assurance that if I do anything untoward, I can revert to my original without