This link will explain how layer masks work in Photoshop. I would recommend using layer masks as they can be very useful in many ways within your photo editing projects.
Photoshop comes with many different Adjustment Layers to help you change everything from contrast to colours. Take a look at this resource to help you learn about the different adjustment layers: design.tutsplus.com/series/the-ultimate-guide-to-adjustment-layers–psd-26067
One of the most important tools within photography and photo editing is the Histogram, yet it is one of the most misunderstood, what do all those peaks and lines mean?
Well, this set of resources are very useful and have helped me learn more about the Histogram and get the most out of it:
Start with this video:
As the video mentioned, the histogram helps display the tonal values in your image and can help you recognise when an image is underexposed, overexposed or somewhere in between. This next video shows how to use the histogram to get perfect exposure:
Next give these web resources a read, they explain how to read the histogram and use it when taking your photos:
- The Histogram Explained
- Photography Histogram Explained
- Histogram Explain in 60 seconds
- How to Use a Histogram to adjust your Photography
Do not worry if you are still struggling with the histograms, this video will also help you further:
Doing some practical exercises with your camera will help you learn more about the histogram. Take a few practice shots and load them into Photoshop or similar and look carefully at the histogram for each image. If you own a camera that displays a histogram while you are taking the photo, use it to expose the photo.
Happy shooting 🙂