Learning about Layers

25th August 2015
It's easy to be nervous when it comes to starting out in processing photos, especially when it comes to understanding and working with layers - but knowing how they work and what you can do with them is key to getting the most of of your landscape photos in numerous situations. With this short guide you can get to grips with why you might want to use them, how to use them, and how this might affect your photography.



The lesson takes place in the comfort of your own home and can be done over Skype. For the £35 cost we will cover the following important points in detail, charging by the content rather than by the hour.

  • Help installing GIMP (if necessary)
  • Why use layers?... photo merging, non-destructive editing, comparing images and much more.
  • Opening/creating layers
  • Learn about layer masks and blending options
  • How to align multiple exposures
  • Graduated or luminosity layer masks

Photoshop is the most popular program in which to do all this, but a free version known as GIMP is every bit as useful and can be downloaded from http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ .

Before starting this tutorial it will be necessary to have installed Skype and would be helpful if you'd already installed GIMP (if you don't already have Photoshop) and had multiple exposures of an individual scene ready to work on. This is not essential though, as I shall demonstrate on my own images leaving you to work on your own photos whenever suits you. I will provide you with a PDF summary of what was covered to be used as a reminder for you afterwards.

If you would like to book your session, just use the form to contact me here.