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Photoshop: Layering & Object Arrangement

Version: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download


Layers in Photoshop are like a stack of sheets, in which each sheet is transparent except for the object(s) contained within it. The transparent areas of layers are see-through to the layer(s) below. The top-most layer in the Layers tab will appear in front of all layers below it and the bottom-most layer will appear as the background. The correct layer must be selected prior to making any adjustments.

Each object or adjustment needs to be on its own layer so that it can be edited separately from the other elements. Having separate layers also prevents accidental alternations of the original image.



Basic Layer Controls:
  • To create a new layer, click the New Layer button, which has a plus sign, to the bottom-right in the Layers panel. Create a new layer for each image or element in the document.
  • To toggle the visibility of a layer, click the eyeball icon the left of the layer.
  • To lock a layer, select the layer and click the lock icon above the list of layers.
  • To rename a layer, click its name and type the new desired name. Give each layer a descriptive name to avoid confusion.
  • To delete a layer, select it and click the trashcan icon.
  • To re-order a layer, click-and-drag it up-or-down the list. Re-order layers to bring objects forward or put them behind other objects. The layers in the image to the right aren’t arranged correctly. The text appears behind the shape because its layer is located under the shape layer. In order to see the text properly, the text layer would need to be clicked-and-dragged on top of the shape layer.



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Keywords:editing, images, photos, graphics, painting, drawing, layers   Doc ID:86738
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-10-12 12:58 PDTUpdated:2020-04-27 12:42 PDT
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