In the next few weeks, we're going to be exploring lots of different aspects of Photoshop. For our first lesson, we're going to start with a photograph of ourselves and turn it into a digital avatar using filters.
Understanding layers is the bread and butter of photoshop. Layering is a really simple concept: when you add a layer, you're literally stacking an image on top of an image. This can get confusing though if you don't remember to pay attention to which layer you're on, or what order the layers are in. Here's a few quick things to remember:
If you try to use a "Sketch" type filter, you will notice that the sketch takes a particular color. You can change the foreground and background colors in the main workspace before you go into the Filter Gallery to change those colors.