Monday, July 7, 2008
Layers were introduced in Photoshop 3.0 and this totally changed the world of Photoshop.
The concept of layers was introduced to me a few weeks ago, on my way home from work. No, I wasn't listening to a Podcast. I was listening to my own thoughts.
A layer in photoshop is simply one image stacked on top of another.
A layer in life, in my opinion, is one experience stacked on top of another. Those layers are what you are made of.
Some layers can't be removed. They are "flattened" to your soul. And no matter how hard you try, you can't erase them. These are the big things in your life. The things that become part of you. The experiences that make you what and who you are.
Some layers are easily deleted. These are the things, that are easily edited and eventually removed from our lives.
How much of an effect these layers have on the big picture of your life, is up to you. You will have to remove some layers. Change some layers. Delete some layers.
You will have to scan and clean up.
You will also have to learn to work with those layers that cannot be removed. Sure you can cut them, but eventually you will have to paste them. Otherwise, they will always hang on your clipboard and wait for you.
Yes, those flattened layers will always be there. But the colors you add and the filters you use can make them softer. And sometimes softened layers can be an amazing resource for new layers to build upon.
And sometimes, those flattened layers that you thought were holding you back become the same layers that bring you to a new dimension.
Just as the world of Photoshop changed with the introduction of layers, so can you.
You hold the keys and have a hand in creating you.