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Working in the Layers panel


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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Working in the Layers panel

The layers panel is where you will go to manage the layers in your file. Let me show you some of the things you will do most frequently in the layers panel. Here in the layers panel, you will see that I am working with a file that has three layers. If I want to add another layer to add more content to the file, I will first select the layer above which I would like the new layer to come in to my layer stack. So let's say that I want to have a layer above the side mirror layer, but below the round mirror layer. Then I will select the side mirror layer in the layers panel.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
11h 20m Beginner Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Working in the Layers panel

The layers panel is where you will go to manage the layers in your file. Let me show you some of the things you will do most frequently in the layers panel. Here in the layers panel, you will see that I am working with a file that has three layers. If I want to add another layer to add more content to the file, I will first select the layer above which I would like the new layer to come in to my layer stack. So let's say that I want to have a layer above the side mirror layer, but below the round mirror layer. Then I will select the side mirror layer in the layers panel.

To add a new layer, I will go down to the bottom of the layers panel and click this Create New layer icon, the far left icon, and that gives me a new blank layer that's filled with transparent pixels represented by this gray and white checkerboard. I am a real stickler for giving layers meaningful names, because I found that if you have lots of layers in a file, unless they have names you recognize, it's hard to know which is which. To change the name of this layer from its default, I will double-click on the default name, and that opens this text editing box.

I am going to call this layer Signature and then I will press Return or Enter on my keyboard. I will make sure that I have the signature layer selected and then I am going to go over to the toolbar and select the Brush tool. I will move into the image and I am going to make the brush-tip smaller by pressing the left bracket key on my keyboard. The left bracket key is the key just to the right of the P key on the keyboard. And then I will come into the image and I will write a signature here. Because the signature layer, on which I have added this content, is below the round mirror and above the side mirror, the signature appears in a corresponding position in the image; below the round mirror and above the side mirror.

One of the nice things about layers is that I can change their stacking order and that will change the order of the content in the image. So if I want the signature to move above the round mirror, I will go to the layers panel, I will click on the signature layer and I will drag until I see the top border of that top layer turn dark, and then I will release my mouse, and that moves the signature layer above the round mirror layer in the layers panel and it puts the signature above both mirrors in the image itself. If I don't like the content of a layer, I can always make the layer temporarily invisible by clicking the eye icon to the left of that layer and then I can make the layer visible again by clicking in that eye icon space again, and if I want to delete the content of a layer altogether, I can do that without affecting the other layers, by just clicking on the layer and dragging it down to the Trash can at the bottom of the layers panel.

To add that pixel based content, I first made a new layer, but you don't always have to create a new layer. There are some special kinds of layers that are made automatically when you work with a particular tool. So if you are using the Type tool, that will automatically make a Type layer for you in the layers panel or if you are using the Shape tool; that will make a Shape layer and I will cover those special kinds of layers later in the course. Now as you have seen in an earlier movie, I can select multiple layers so that I can move or otherwise, work on more than one layer at a time.

For example, with the round mirror layer selected, I can hold the Ctrl key on a PC, or the Command key on a Mac, and click on the side mirror layer to select them both. But if later, I click on another layer, I no longer have those two layers selected. I lose the relationship between them. So if I want keep these layers linked together more permanently, I can add a link to them both. To do that, I will click on one of the layers, a Ctrl or Command+Click on the other to select them both, and then I will go down to this link icon at the bottom of the layers panel and I will click there to add a link symbol to both of these layers.

Now with either one of the layers selected, if I go to the toolbar, and I get the Move tool, and I go up to the options bar and make sure Auto Select layer is unchecked, which is my preference always, then when I go into the image and drag, both of the linked layers will move. And the same is true if I select the other one of the linked layers. And the content of both layers moves together. The layers panel, like all panel groups, has a panel menu icon on the top right. If I click that tiny icon that looks like a list, that opens the layers panel menu and here, you will find many commands that are related to layers.

Some of which we have already seen elsewhere, like Delete layer, or Create New layer, and some other commands as well, like layers Help, and here is a command for duplicating a layer. Down here I have commands for merging various layers together, either a linked layers, or visible layers, or if I choose Flatten Image, that will flatten all of the layers into one. I want to warn you against using these Merge and Flatten commands unless you are absolutely sure that you won't need to work on a layer separately in the future. There is one more place to look for commands related to layers and that's up here in the menu bar in the layer menu, but for the most part you will be working in the layers panel.

I think this panel is probably the most important of all the panels in the Full Edit workspace. So I suggest that you always leave it open on your screen and if it ever does close, you can always reopen the layers panel by going up to the Window menu at the top of the screen and choosing layers.

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