06. Preparing “Visual Aid” layers

After working through the previous classes you’ll have seen just how useful visual aid layers can be in the retouching process.

In this Photoshop class Karl and Viktor sit down to show you, step by step, how to create the visual aid layers that Viktor uses throughout this course.

Working through each layer individually, Viktor also provides a thorough explanation of each layer and its purpose. This short but effective class will help you create your own visual aid layers, which you’ll be able to use time and time again to speed up your retouching workflow.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • Using Visual Aid Layers in Photoshop
  • How to create visual aid layers
  • How to optimize your retouching workflow in Photoshop
  • How to create grouped layers in Photoshop
  • How to create adjustment layers
  • How to create Solar Curves in Photoshop

For your convenience we’ve also made the automated action to create these visual aid layers available for you to download and use in our Downloads section.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below 🙂

Comments

  1. Hi Anyone

    I have followed the tutorial to create my own “Visual Aids” group but I don’t know how I save it for future use, do I drag it into the Library or something? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance, and fascinating tutorials.

    1. If you mean you want to back it up: Go to your actions panel, click on the three lines in the top right corner of the actions dialogue box and you’ll see ‘Save Actions’. This only work pr. group set of actions, not individual actions.

  2. I Installed the Action from download Section but unfortunately this tutorial Action not find their. And is it possible to set this action in F2 button. I mean, if I press F2 button these 3 action layers visible in layer section. Hope you can help me..

  3. Hi..
    Thanks alot Karl/Emma.. Just see the mail now. Now I can use it in my PC. Very thanks full for your help. This Site is very helpfull for all beginners and upcoming Professionals. This is truly an International level of complete Photography skills. Hats off Karl and the team. Keep going..

  4. Alastair, if you mean that with the Solid Color 0 50 100 with a Luminosity adjusting, you will get a gray screen instead of the Hue Visual Aid. It happens at my end at least.

  5. So after some digging around, I found a workaround on the Adobe forums.

    By CBecker on 17-okt-2018 8:32

    In Preferences / Performance and the section titled “Options” and the checkbox is titled “Legacy Compositing”.

    When I checked it, it was ok. So maybe it is my hardware setup that is in need of revising.

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