The Essentials of Working with Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Using layers in Photoshop Elements provides flexibility, allowing you to edit parts of an image without affecting the rest of the image. If you learn the essentials of working with layers in Photoshop Elements, you’ll become much more productive as you work with composite images.

Getting to Know Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, layers are essentially digital versions of clear acetate sheets. You can place elements, such as images, text, or shapes on separate layers and create a composite. You can hide, [more…]

Using the Layer and Select Menus in Photoshop Elements 9

Besides the commands on the Layers panel in Photoshop Elements, you have two layer menus — the Layer menu and the Select menu, both of which you can find on the main menu bar at the top of the application [more…]

Understanding the Types of Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements offers five kinds of layers: image, adjustment, fill, shape, and type. You’ll probably spend most of your time creating image layers, but just so that you’re familiar with all types, [more…]

How to Create a New Layer in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can create multiple image layers within a single image. Even more fun is creating a composite from several different images. Take people out of boring photo studios and put them [more…]

How to Manipulate Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements gives you several options for manipulating and working with multiple layers in an image. You can duplicate layers, drag and drop layers, and move a layer’s content. [more…]

How to Transform Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

When working with layers in Photoshop Elements, you may find the need to transform (scale or rotate) some of your images. You can do so by applying the Transform and Free Transform commands. The methods [more…]

Working with Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements 9

Layer masks have made their arrival in Photoshop Elements. Masking is essentially just another way of making a selection. Instead of making a selection with a single selection outline — either it is selected [more…]

How to Flatten and Merge Layers in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you may need to flatten your images or merge layers. Flattening an image combines all visible layers into a background, including type, shape, fill, and adjustment layers. [more…]

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