Masterly Brushes (4) Elevate with Adjustment Layers

(12 customer reviews)


Use adjustment layers to create and target editable color, lighting and special effects modifications in your digital scrapbooking and photo artistry pages.


Session 4 of Part 3 in the Masterly Brushes series.

Learn more about the Masterly Brushes series.

Elevate Your Blending with Adjustment Layers and Photoshop Brushes


  • Master Adjustment Layers to improve your digital scrapbooking and photo artistry pages.
  • Use them to find more Ease in your creative process and memory keeping design approaches.
  • Create targeted Color, Lighting and Special Effect modifications in your blending.

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                                            And This…                                                                                                          To this…

Part 1: Basic Adjustment Layer Techniques (estimated. 1 1/2-2 hours)



  • An Introduction to adjustment layers and the guidance for using them to Elevate your digital scrapbooking and photo artistry process.
  • All the ways to Apply them to your layout designs and use the layer mask to Transform your blending.
  • Using all the different Color Fill options to make modifications and improve your layout designs.

Part 2: Light and Color Editing Tools Explained (estimated. 1 1/2-2 hours)



  • Make light and color Improvements to the elements in your digital scrapbooking and photo artistry layouts.
  • Understand how and when to use each of the different options to Enhance your blending and masking.
  • Combine with Layer Mask and Brushes, Blending Modes, Channels, Clipping Masks (and More!) to target special effects.

Part 3: Special Effects PLUS Q&A (estimated. 1 -2 hours)



  • Different approaches to improve your Black and White conversions and create Spot/Selective Color edits to your digital elements.
  • Impart Graphic effects and tell better stories with your photos by empowering your creativity and enacting Creative License.
  • Sharpen elements, create custom LightLeak/FotoGlow effects and Manipulate your digital art supplies.

Video Content

  • REPLAYS of 3 LIVE sessions available for IMMEDIATE download.
  • Sessions were recorded via Zoom and available in .MP4 format.
  • Watch .mp4 files on your computer using a Media Player or load into iTunes for viewing on Smart Devices.
  • Demonstrations are conducted in Adobe Photoshop CC with any variations shown Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Notes to Photoshop Elements Users

  • Adjustment Layers work the same way with blending in BOTH programs.
  • This means the Concepts of using adjustment layers also Applies to Photoshop Elements.
  • Photoshop, however, has a LOT MORE adjustment layer Options than Photoshop Elements.
  • That said, I have found WORK-AROUNDS and Alternatives in this class if you use Photoshop Elements.

Written Content

  • Course Introduction included for your convenience.
  • Comprehensive Written Course Content in .pdf format for ALL 3 Sessions in this workshop.
  • BONUS adjustment layer Menu Options guide.


This FREE ArtPlay Palette Impressario will be used throughout this course for demonstrations.

  • Available for IMMEDIATE download on registration.


  • 9 – 12 x 12 Artsy and Solid Digital Papers
  • 16 Dimensional Embellishments
  • 2 ArtsyTransfers
  • 11 Transfers and Overlays
  • 20 Photoshop Brushes (2 Size formats)

Got a Question?

Email me  (I am ALWAYS happy to help!)

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12 reviews for Masterly Brushes (4) Elevate with Adjustment Layers

  1. Raymond Easley (verified owner)

    This class was an excellent way to see how the Adjustment Layers are used, where to use them, the differences they make with colors, highlights and make your page designs much more worthwhile. It was worth every penny for those who want to improve their techniques. I highly recommend it.

    • Anna Aspnes

      So happy you enjoyed the class. Thanks for sharing your experience Ray!

  2. Joan Robillard (verified owner)

    I had used Adjustment layers before this class but what this class did was show me how to elevate my artistry with adjustment layers not to just use them in place of destructive adjustments.

    • Anna Aspnes

      So glad you learned something new Joan! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Maggie Adair (verified owner)

    I loved this class. I learned so much about Adjustment Layers and the different ways to use them. I’ve always wondered about some of the effects but have only used a few of them. This class has definitely helped broaden my thinking and given me more confidence to experiment using Adjustment Layers. If you’re unsure about how to use Adjustment Layers, then this class is for you

    • Anna Aspnes

      Yes to this! So happy to have instilled some confidence. Now, the sky is the limit!

  4. Kathleen Sacry (verified owner)

    I’ve been digitally scrapbooking for several years, using Photoshop exclusively for the last 4 years. When I think I know how to match colors and create art, Anna’s class taught me new ways to up the game. This class blew me away with all the adjustments I had never used before. It has written PDF instructions and easy-to-follow videos that are easy to follow. If you want to go deeper, I highly recommend this course.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks so much Kathy. Have loved what you have been creating!

  5. Tina Wilson (verified owner)

    My scrapbooking style is storytelling with photos so most of my layouts consist of several photos and a focal point masked photo. After taking this class I’ve been experimenting much more with adjustment layers and finding there are several I have underutilized on my pages. While I still keep the integrity of my pages the same, I’ve used more artistry on the foundation under my framed photos as well as using some color effects on my black and white framed photos. This class has elevated my artistry.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Weee! Mission accomplished 🙂

  6. SLacy (verified owner)

    I loved this class. Anna packed so much info into just 3 sessions. I was amazed at how quickly and easily I could adjust and improve my layouts after just the 1st session. This class was a game changer for me. I look forward to including what I learned in my workflow process, as well as continuing to stretch my imagination to try different editing techniques. I highly recommend this class; it is well worth it.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Definitely! Your layouts have absolutely transformed and it has made me so happy to have such impact on your artistry. Thank you for the glowing review.

  7. Melissa Thompson (verified owner)

    Enjoyed this class a lot, despite using PSE. Was surprised to find it wasn’t really over my head. Have been using adjustment layers ever since

    • Anna Aspnes

      I think we pretty much found workarounds for all the ALs missing in Photoshop Elements. And it’s so much easier when you know how 🙂

  8. Kelly de Haas (verified owner)

    Wonderful class! Tons of information via video and the notes were great as a reference when going back and working on my projects. I especially loved the way Anna presented several different ways to do the same thing. Everyone can find something that works for them! I love your classes!

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks Kelly. Always trying to give you options. It’s less about learning Photoshop but more about enriching your process and making your digital products work for you. Appreciate the kind words.

  9. Ramona Fissinger (verified owner)

    I dabbled with using adjustment layers here and there prior to taking this class, not understanding their true potential, but this class changed all that. Now I’m using adjustment layers regularly and love their non-destructive capabilities as well as ability to mask. Anna provides great instructions that will truly elevate your work, whether on a scrapbook layout, art journaling or digital artwork. I highly recommend this class (plus it’s fun:))

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thanks so much Ramona. Fun is THE most important part of making the magic happen!

  10. Fran Meehan (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this class, Anna. I think I’ve been using Photoshop as long as you have, and I still learned so much from this class. You went into such fine detail of all the adjustment layers. Now I have to use the ones I never thought useful to me! You are such a good teacher. I am looking forward to more!

    • Anna Aspnes

      There is ALWAYS something new to learn. So happy to be able to provide your with more ‘tricks’ to elevate you artistry.

  11. Charlene Marchbank (verified owner)

    This class on adjustment layers showed me different ways to use adjustment layers to improve my scrapbooking skills. I always wondered about all of the adjustment layers but was too lazy to try and learn on my own, just using the few I was comfortable with. I am experimenting with my new scrapbooking layouts.

    I have taken several of Anna’s Live Classes, as well as many of the video classes, and have learned so much from Anna’s classes and products in the past several years, more than I have from any designers/scrapbookers. As others have said, you have access to the material forever.

    • Anna Aspnes

      Thank you Charlene. This makes heart smile. If you are learning then I have achieved my ultimate goal 🙂

  12. Kim (verified owner)

    The work arounds for PSE, all the fabulous examples plus Anna’s notes and detailed presentation make this class a must have! I had no idea how useful adjustment layers could be in giving my layouts that extra boost. I will be using all of the tips and techniques from this class in my layouts. Highly recommend this class!

    • Anna Aspnes

      I may not be a PSE user myself but can certainly find my way around and find alternatives for my PSE tribe. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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