Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use adjustment layers?, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 2 Editing & Retouching Photos.
Some of the most common adjustments to lighting and color can be applied either…as a direct adjustment from the Enhance menu at the top of the Expert Edit…workspace, or as an Adjustment Layer.…I strongly suggest that you use an Adjustment Layers whenever you have a choice,…because they're so flexible and they're nondestructive of the original photo.…To show you what I mean, I've opened my Layers panel by clicking the Layers…button in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.…And here I have an image with two layers--the gray building is on the top layer,…the brown building on the bottom layer.…
I'd like to brighten and increase the contrast of the content of both layers,…so I'll select the gray building layer, and I'm going to add an Adjustment Layer above that layer.…To do that, I'll go up to the Create Adjustment Layer icon here at the top of…the Layers panel, I'll click, and I'll move down to the brand of Adjustment Layer that I want.…In this case I'm going to choose a simple Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer.…
- 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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