Layers, Masking and Smart Objects are the building blocks to the most advanced techniques in Photoshop. Basics are major and need to be addressed to avoid any confusion we might have even as a professional. In this tutorial, we are going to touch upon the very basics of Photoshop, in other words, the lifelines of Photoshop.
This tutorial is for both pure beginners who are starting out as well as for intermediates who are looking for a clarification on the basics or might have some confusions here and there. So, first off, we'll be looking at what are layers, how they function and their usage. "Layers" is the heart of Photoshop and is one of the major reasons why people switch to Photoshop from Lightroom or other image processing applications.
Then we'll be looking at one of the most confusing but actually really simple technique and feature called making. This is one of the most asked stuff, and also confusing and intimidating to perform in Photoshop. But in actuality, it's really easy.
At the end, we'll be looking into smart objects and will compare its benefits over normal raster layers. We'll be analyzing the nondestructive abilities of smart objects in Photoshop.