Mastering Photoshop Layers – New Book

Mastering Photoshop Layers

Mastering Photoshop Layers is a new book from Juergen Gulbins. “Layers allow for both global and local adjustments to images and can be used to create a number of special effects. Best of all, layers allow for nondestructive editing of your original image. New Photoshop users often see layers as too complicated, and they miss out on the program’s full potential.

This book will remove the confusion factor by providing an in-depth introduction to layers. Clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations help the reader quickly master the tools that are relevant for photographers.

In this book you will learn about:

• Working with and building multiple layers
• Blending layers and which Options to use
• Using layers to enhance and retouch your images
• Creating and using layer masks
• Creating luminosity and saturation layer masks
• Using Smart Objects and Smart Filters
• Advanced layer techniques
• Time-saving shortcuts, tips, and tricks”

Mastering Photoshop Layers retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available for $31.02 on



  1. forkboy196 says

    Interesting… I have often found myself rather intimidated by Ps.. it’s just so big and, in my opinion, unintuitive. But I would like to start making use of it.

    Besides this book focused on layers do you (or anyone else out there) have any recommendations for a photography-oriented Ps book? I’m on CS6 if that helps.

    And thanks in advance.

    • says

      It’s been a few years since I’ve read one of Scott Kelby’s books, but he has a series that is Photoshop for photographers. (I think he’s got one for every version of PS that’s been released in the past several years.) It’s great at introducing you to the tools that are most useful to photographers. Layers is one of the big tools though…

  2. forkboy1965 says

    Thanks Eric. I’ll go take a look for something from Scott. A friend of mine and I attended one of his Light It, Shoot It, Edit It seminars a few years back and while the pace was a bit frantic I liked the way he explained things.