Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding layers, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos .
Having access to layers is one of the biggest advantages of working in the…Expert edit workspace over Elements' other editing workspaces.…What are layers and why are they so useful?…One way to think about what layers are, is to picture several flat transparent…panels stacked one on top of the other, as I've tried to show in this…perspective illustration.…The gray and white checkerboard in this illustration represents transparency,…just as it does in actual layers in Elements.…Each layer can contain some content, like this photograph that I've added to the…bottom layer in this illustration.…
Content can cover an entire layer, like this; or it can cover just part of a…layer, like the smaller photo that I added to the top layer in this illustration.…If part of a layer has no content, like the area around this small photo,…you'll be able to see down through that part of the layer to whatever is on the layers below.…Now let's switch over to Elements to see the actual layered file that I've tried…
- 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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