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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…]

Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

In 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 [more…]

Fill Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

A fill layer lets you add a layer of solid color, a gradient, or a pattern. Like adjustment layers, fill layers also include layer masks. You can edit, rearrange, duplicate, delete, and merge fill layers [more…]

Shape and Type Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

Elements lets you draw shapes with six different drawing tools. These shapes also have the bonus of being vector-based. This means that the shapes are defined by mathematical equations, which create points [more…]

Create a New Layer from Scratch in Photoshop Elements 10

If you’re creating a new, blank file, you can select the Transparent option for your background contents. Your new file is created with a transparent layer and is ready to go. If you have an existing file [more…]

Drag and Drop Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

The most efficient way to copy and paste layers between multiple images is to use the drag-and-drop method. Why? Because it bypasses your Clipboard, which is the temporary storage area on your computer [more…]

Basic Layers Commands in Photoshop Elements 10

Image layers are the heart and soul of the layering world. You can create multiple image layers within a single image. Even more fun is creating a composite from several different images. Add people you [more…]

Move a Layer's Content in Photoshop Elements 10

Moving the content of a layer is easy: Grab the Move tool from the Tools panel, select your layer on the Layers panel, and drag the element on the canvas to your desired location. You can also move the [more…]

Transform Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

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

Add Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements 10

One of the best creative tools Elements has to offer is layer masks. Masking is essentially just another way of making a selection. Instead of making a selection with a single selection outline — either [more…]

Flatten and Merge Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

Layers are fun and fantastic, but they can quickly chew up your computer’s RAM and bloat your file size. And sometimes, to be honest, having too many layers can start to make your file tedious to manage [more…]

Layers Panel in Photoshop Elements 10

Elements keeps layers controlled with a panel named, not surprisingly, the Layers panel. To display the Layers panel, choose Window→Layers in the Editor in Full Photo Edit mode. [more…]

Layer and Select Menus in Photoshop Elements 10

Besides the commands on the Layers panel, 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 window [more…]

Image Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

Layer life exists beyond just converting an existing background into a layer. In fact, Elements offers five kinds of layers. You’ll probably spend most of your time creating image layers. [more…]

Adjustment Layers in Photoshop Elements 10

An adjustment layer is a special kind of layer used for modifying color and contrast. The advantage of using adjustment layers for your corrections, rather than applying them directly on the image layer [more…]

Stylize Type in Photoshop Elements 10

If you’ve tried your hand at creating a type mask, you know that Photoshop Elements 10 is capable of much more than just throwing a few black letters at the bottom of your image. With a few clicks here [more…]

Paint Type with Color and Gradients

Changing the color of text in Photoshop Elements 10 is as easy as highlighting it and selecting a color from the Color Picker. But what if you want to do something a little less conventional, such as apply [more…]

HDR Photography: Image Layers

When using Photoshop Elements 8 to work with HDR images, remember that you can store image elements — such as copies of the image with different effects and adjustments applied independently — on layers [more…]

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