Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating new layers, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 2 Editing & Retouching Photos.
There are a number of ways to create a new layer.…You use different methods depending on the effect that you're going for.…Let's say you want a new blank layer on which to add some paint with the Brush…tool, or to fill with color using the Fill Command.…To make a new pixel-based layer like that, I'll first go to the Layers Panel.…And I'll select the layer above which I want my new layer.…Then I'll go up to the top of the Layers Panel, and I click the Create New Layer icon.…And that makes a new layer, in this case above the hands layer that I had selected.…The new layer is blank.…
I'm going to add some paint to that new layer by making sure the new layer is…selected in the Layers Panel.…And then I'm going to go to the Edit Menu, and I'm going to go down to Fill…Layer, a command that you'll use a lot.…That opens the Fill Layer dialog box.…I'll go to the Use menu, and here I have a number of options for the color that…Elements will use to fill this entire new layer.…Either whatever color happens to be in the Foreground color chip in my Toolbar;…
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Skill Level Beginner
1. Expert Edit Basics
2. Working with Layers
3. Using Selections and Masks
4. Correcting Photos
5. Using Photomerge
7. Processing in Camera Raw
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