Photoshop Layers & Masks for Beginners Tutorial

Photoshop Layers & Masks for Beginners

– by Kate Silvia

Discover how professional photographers make precise adjustments with Photoshop Layers & Masks using a non-destructive workflow for landscape photography.



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  • 9 teaching videos for nature photographers who want learn to use layers and masks to build an incredible portfolio.
  • 2+ Hours of video content – explanations, examples, workflow, case studies.
  • In-depth explanation of the step-by-step process pros use to harness the power of Photoshop Layers & Masks for jaw-dropping landscape photos.
  • 5 Case Studies & Practice Files provide an in-depth look at the software and techniques used for creating a powerful non-destructive workflow in Photoshop.


  • Compatible with: Photoshop CC 2019 and higher, Lightroom Classic 2019 and higher, Topaz Studio 2 Version 2.2.0 and NIK Color Efex Pro 4.
  • Video Created with: Photoshop 2020 Version 21.1.0, Lightroom Classic 9.2, Topaz Studio 2 Version 2.2.0 and NIK Color Efex Pro 4.


  • Discover the non-destructive workflow for nature photography using Photoshop Layers & Masks.
  • Learn how pros use Photoshop to create stunning landscape photos with incredible details, vibrant colors and soft tones.
  • Push beyond simple processing to create natural-looking high dynamic range landscape photos.
  • Master techniques to make precise local adjustments for landscape photography using Photoshop Masks.
  • Explore techniques to add creative flare to your landscape photography by adding textures & overlays to your photos.
  • Gain a clear understanding of Photoshop Layers & Masks using real-life case studies in our straight-forward, non-technical lessons.

How do I know if this Photoshop Tutorial is for me?

This tutorial is for you if:

  • You have a basic knowledge of RAW processing in Lightroom or Photoshop.
  • You have a basic knowledge of image adjustments and tools available in Photoshop.
  • You want to learn about making non-destructive local adjustment for landscape photography.
  • You want to create natural-looking high dynamic range photos using Photoshop Layers & Masks.
  • You want to learn to merge multiple images, add textures, manage colors and tones, and much more in Photoshop.

This tutorial might not be the right fit if:

  • You are just getting started in post processing. If you don’t know how to use Lightroom or Photoshop, you may want to find out more before you start this course.
  • You want to learn the basics. You’ll get the most from this course if you have some knowledge of Photoshop.
  • You want to explore advanced concepts such as luminosity masking and creating complex Photoshop Layer Masks. This course is not for beginners.
  • If you want to learn about camera settings including exposure, focus, and composition. This course is focused on post-processing only.

About Photoshop Layers & Mask for Beginners

Photoshop layers and masks can seem complicated to apply, and difficult to understand… and we often hear students ask, “Do I really need them?”  I’m here to show you, not only how easily you can get started, but how valuable these tools are as you embark on your artistic journey as a photographer.  Layers and masks will bring your images to a whole new level. Once you get comfortable with this program, you’ll be like a kid in a candy store with endless opportunities. I’ve been teaching Photoshop layers for years. One of the most consistent comments I hear from students is how well I break down the complicated into simple, easy to understand steps. I hope you enjoy this series.

Here are some of the case-studies included in this Photoshop Layers & Masks for Beginners tutorial:

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