>I am a newcomer to PhotoShop and am impressed (as well as somewhat daunted)
>by the program. The thing which confuses me is the difference between
>channels and layers. Are they interchangeable, e.g.adjustment layer vs.
>channel. What are the benefits of using one over another.
>Thanks in advance.
In many cases the use of channels and layers are interchangeable
(in the case of creating drop shadows for instance). however,
as a professional artist I have found channels to be of more
use in subject isolation and creating small objects such
as web site buttons. I have used layers primarily for
creating collages and for putting creative ideas together.
Visit a site which I did almost exclusively with
Photoshop4.0 It is a fun site and something I've
done in my free time.