LAYERS
  • Layers allow you to build your graphics using layer after layer of separate elements.
  • These layers can be moved around and restacked in any order to allow the artist to easily experiment and modify the composition.
  • Layers allow you to modify parts of graphic “NON-DESTRUCTIVELY” - without destroying pixels in the layers underneath.

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The LAYERS PALETTTE
ALWAYS start by selecting the layer that you actually want to work on.

Create or Delete a Layer
  • Click the new layer optionPhotoshop_LayersPalette03.png to create a new layer
  • Click on the delete layer Photoshop_LayersPalette04.png to delete a layer

Text Layers
  • Text Layers are like mini word processors, allowing you to resize, recolour and relocate text easily
  • TEXT LAYERS can be turned into REGULAR layers by using the SIMPLIFY command from the Palette Menu

Regular Layers
  • Most photoshop work will use PIXELS (Picture Elements) that are stored on regular layers

Name your Layers
  • Double Click a layer name to rename it.
  • You SHOULD name all layers appropriately!

Opacity
  • By default, Layers are fully OPAQUE (solid), but an entire layer can be made more transparent by adjusting it's OPACITY

Blending Mode
  • This option allows you to change how the selected layer interacts with others. (ie. try using "Multiply" mode to make white become transparent)


Click the PALETTE MENU for more options...
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The PALETTE MENU

Simplify Layers
  • This will change a text layer (or other complex layers like "masking layers" into a regular layer

Merge Layers
  • Use MERGE DOWN or MERGE VISABLE to combine layers, and reduce the number of layers in your palette

Flatten Layers
  • This will flatten ALL your layers down into one