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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
The Layers panel is command central for working with layers. From here you'll create layers, delete layers, change their stacking order, and more. In this movie I'll show you some of those essential functions of the Layers panel. I'm working in creamylayers.psd, which I saved at the end of the last movie when I showed you how to create a layer. And you may remember that I showed you how to temporarily make a layer invisible by clicking its eye icon right here. But what if you want to permanently delete a layer. How do you do that? There are a couple of ways.
One way is to select the layer you want to delete and then go down to the trashcan at the bottom of the Layers panel. Click the trashcan and you'll get this message asking if you really want to delete the layer. You may want to click Don't show again so that you don't have to keep seeing this message, and then you'll click Yes if you do want to delete the layer. I'm going to click No because I still need that layer in this case. Another way to delete a layer is to click and hold and drag it down on top of the trashcan. In that case you won't get the warning. I'll put it back, because I really don't want to delete this layer now.
Not only can you delete layers from here, you also can change their stacking order. And when you change the stacking order of the layers in the Layers panel, the vertical display of the artwork in the document will change as well. For example, if I take this whipped cream layer in the Layers panel, click and hold and drag down until I see a black bar beneath the circle layer and then release, the whipped cream layer is now beneath the circle layer in the Layers panel and also in the image, you see the content of the circle layer on top of the content of the whipped cream layer.
That doesn't look very good, so I'm going to take the circle layer and I'm going to drag that beneath the whipped cream layer. So these are couple of essential functions that you'll do in the Layers panel. I do want to warn you when you're deleting a layer that the trashcan in the Layers panel doesn't work like the trashcan in your operating system. In other words you can't reopen it to take something out of it. So if you do delete a layer and then you change your mind about having deleted it what you need to do is use the Undo commands or the History panel, which I've covered in another movie. Even if you save your file, you'll still be able to recover deleted layers using those techniques unless and until you actually close the saved file.
So you do have a little bit of wiggle room even if you mistakenly delete a layer.
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