Adjustment Layers

For this project, you will be using a minimum of two adjustment layers on the Ellen photo.


  • Use the Ellen photo for this exercise (Click on the photo to allow it to open in a new window. Drag the larger photo to your desktop or straight into photoshop)
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  • Open the Ellen photo in Photoshop
  • Go to Window and make sure the following items are checked off: Adjustments, History, and Layers
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  • The first adjustment layer that you can experiment with is Brightness/Contrast Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 8.51.19 PM
  • You should note that when an adjustment layer is added, it will look like a layer mask
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  • If there are portions that you do not want darker/lighter, just use the brush as you would in the previous lesson. In this example, I wanted Ellen to have creepy eyes and crazy white teeth.
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  • I also wanted to give her a bit of a tan so I adjusted the vibrance/saturation adjustment layer
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  • I didn’t want her hair to be super saturated so I used the mask to take away a lot of the yellow
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  • Save your image as a .psd (the .psd file is so you can have a version saved with all your layers)
  • Go to Layer—>Flatten Image
  • Go to File—>Save As—>Change the format to .JPEG or .JPG
  • Attach the flattened file to the Adjustment Layer project on Google Classroom