Simple but Awesome Layering

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Learn to use simple layering techniquesto create an Awesome Image!


HorseFlesh on 8:59PM Fri, 02 January 2004

Simple but Awesome Layering



1.Open your picture in Photoshop.
2.Right click on the selected layer and choose Duplicate Layer.Fill the original layer with white, since we wont be needing
that layer any more...
3.Remove the new layers background.This can be done with the eraser tool.I prefer to use the Knockout 2
plugin for that.But, the eraser tool will do just fine.
4.Click on Image/Adjustments/Desaturate to turn the selected layer Grayscale.

Tutorial Comments


bdtstudio  10:33AM Sat, 26 February 2011

Good tutorial except in step 1 it is far better to mask out the original background rather than erase. Erasing is not reversible, what is erased is gone. Select the figure, then click the mask button at the bottom of the layers palette. The mask can then be adjusted with black or white to hide or reveal more of the image if needed.

VJD-Communication  5:51AM Fri, 20 October 2006

G'Day HorseFlesh, Thank you for taking the time to produce an excellent tutorial. I found it very rewarding and informative. Regards, Ian

yvonne1962  3:48AM Fri, 28 January 2005

a great tutorial! it's only hard to find the nice backgrounds.

loserincstargategeek  2:16AM Sun, 16 January 2005

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I am a major PS novice, and, I really haven't ventured beyond blending with the eraser, since, I don't know what anything does. This was extremely useful. I cannot thank you enough! I really hope you have more tutorials in the future. Oh, and thank you for making it easy enough for a beginner to follow =)

Zemela  12:24PM Fri, 05 November 2004

Great job on this tut, it's really very useful! Thanks for sharing!

danyiluska  2:36PM Tue, 26 October 2004

simple and good!

blana  2:27AM Sat, 06 March 2004

very nicely done and explained at my level...thank you!

HorseFlesh  8:18AM Mon, 01 March 2004

Thankyou for all the nice comments you all!

midazolam  12:11AM Sat, 28 February 2004

Close to the end - if you have the person on their own layer anyhow, rather than going to the trouble of creating a mask, you already have one: Select>Load Selection>Layer "xyz" Transparency. Invert that, then select the layer of your paint, hit the backspace/delete key, and you've obtained the same result, sans eraser tool. :m

danamo  10:53PM Sat, 21 February 2004

Very cool&clearly written!

todd71  2:24PM Tue, 17 February 2004

interesting...but with the inverted selection on that last step..it might be easier to mask the peeling paint layer rather than worry about using the eraser tool...just a suggestion...

NZSolutions  7:13PM Sat, 14 February 2004

Very straight forward and easy to follow tutorial. good work.

FreeJack  11:46AM Fri, 13 February 2004

This one really rocks and shows me some new ways to think about the layering modes. Short and sweet. Thanks a ton!

kellendor  6:48AM Tue, 10 February 2004

Thanks - I've been slowly learning this same stuff through experimentation, but your tut will speed me along greatly! Thank you!

archloxx  10:07AM Sat, 07 February 2004

that was a nice tutorial . thanx

Tchu1  8:22AM Thu, 05 February 2004

I loved this one, already tried it.. but .. yours looks better than mine.. he he he I will try again, this is great!!! thank you

oooZENOooo  5:31PM Sun, 01 February 2004

Excellent tut, thanks for sharing it!

herbstliebe  2:04PM Sun, 18 January 2004

hi, today i made an image with this tut. thank's so much.

flock  10:11PM Thu, 15 January 2004

how can I get the knockout 2 filter?

alffarr  1:40PM Wed, 07 January 2004

Wow, this is great, now I have something to do. and I know exactly what you mean by trying not to offend people, seeing as I did somehow with the simplicity of my water tutorial, but simple is good.

polkadotcat  5:16AM Wed, 07 January 2004

This looks fantastic!! Will definitely try this out!