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Manage Layers in Your HDR Image

Being able to manage your layers in your HDR image is important, especially if you’re using them to perform complex image blending. Here are some of the more important layer commands you should be familiar [more…]

Edit HDR Images with Layers in Photoshop Elements

An effective strategy for editing HDR images with layers uses the layers to track your edits — locking them in the file via layers. This allows you to be more consistent, experiment with different approaches [more…]

How to Make a Collage in Photoshop Elements 11

With Photoshop Elements 11, the idea of a collage (or composite) isn’t much different than those you created in elementary school, though the activity is a little more refined. To create the first layer [more…]

How to Work with Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

In Photoshop Elements 11, you can place elements on separate layers yet show them together to create a composite. You can also add, delete, or rearrange layers. And, unlike using real sheets of acetate [more…]

Photoshop Elements 11 Adjustment Layers

An adjustment layer in Photoshop Elements 11 is a special kind of layer used mostly for color and contrast correction. The helpful aspect of adjustment layers is that you can apply those corrections without [more…]

How to Create Fill Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

A fill layer in Photoshop Elements 11 lets you add a layer of solid color, a gradient, or a pattern. Like adjustment layers, fill layers also have layer masks, as indicated by the Mask icon thumbnail image [more…]

Photoshop Elements 11 Shape and Type Layers

Believe it or not, Photoshop Elements 11 isn’t just about photos and painting. It also has a set of shape-drawing tools — six, to be exact. You can fill those shapes with solid color, gradients, or patterns [more…]

The Photoshop Elements 11 Layers Panel

Just like every other important aspect of Photoshop Elements 11, layers are controlled in their very own panel. To display the Layers panel, choose Window→Layers in the Photo Editor, in Expert mode. [more…]

How to Make Image Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

Good old-fashioned image layers are the backbone of the world of layers within Photoshop Elements 11. You can create multiple image layers within a single document. Even more fun is creating a composite [more…]

Hide and Show Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

Often, hiding all layers in an image except for the layer you want to edit in Photoshop Elements 11 is useful. You can then focus on the element at hand without the distraction of seeing all other elements [more…]

How to Rearrange Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

You can shuffle the order of layers in images in Photoshop Elements 11 like clear sheets of acetate used with overhead projectors. The stacking order of the layers in the Layers panel corresponds to the [more…]

Tips for Moving Layer Elements in Photoshop Elements 11

Rearranging layers in Photoshop Elements 11 images is different from moving the content on layers. Because the elements on a layer are free-floating on a bed of transparency, you can easily move the element [more…]

How to Transform Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

When working with multiple images in Photoshop Elements 11, you no doubt have to scale, or even rotate, some images to fit them into your composite. Fortunately, Elements makes scaling an easy chore by [more…]

How to Align and Distribute Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

If you’re a precision junkie, you’ll appreciate Photoshop Elements’ capability to align and distribute your layers. These commands can be especially useful when you need to align such items as navigation [more…]

How to Flatten and Merge Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

Layers in Photoshop Elements 11 can make your file go from slim and trim to bulky and bloated. You not only create a larger file size that slows your computer system’s performance, but you’re also limited [more…]

How to Adjust Layer Opacity in Photoshop Elements 11

One of the easiest ways by far to make your images in Photoshop Elements 11 look interesting is to have one image ghosted over another. Creating this effect is an easy task with the Opacity option in the [more…]

Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements 11

Photoshop Elements 11 sports an impressive 25 Blend modes. Blend modes affect how colors interact between layers and how colors interact when you apply paint to a layer. Blend modes can produce a multitude [more…]

The Photoshop Elements 11 Cookie Cutter Tool

The Cookie Cutter tool in Photoshop Elements 11is a cute name for a powerful tool. Think of it as a Custom Shape tool for images. But, whereas the Custom Shape tool creates a mask and only hides everything [more…]

The Photoshop Elements 11 Magic Extractor

You use the Magic Extractor command in Photoshop Elements 11 to make selections based on your identification of the foreground and background portions of your image. Specify the foreground and background [more…]

The Photoshop Elements 11 Eraser Tool

The Eraser tool in Photoshop Elements 11 allows you to erase areas on your image. If the image contains just a background, you erase to the background color. If the image is on a layer, you erase to transparency [more…]

How to Select and Erase by Color in Photoshop Elements 11

The Magic Eraser tool in Photoshop Elements 11 works like a combination Eraser and Magic Wand tool. It selects and erases similarly colored pixels simultaneously. Here’s how it works: [more…]

Remove the Background from Images in Photoshop Elements 11

The Background Eraser tool in Photoshop Elements 11 is probably the most sophisticated of the Eraser-tool lot. It erases the background from an image and should leave the foreground untouched. But if you’re [more…]

Layer Masks in Photoshop Elements 11

A layer mask is one of the most helpful and powerful creative tools at your disposal in Photoshop Elements 11. A layer mask is similar to a second sheet of acetate that hovers over a layer. You can use [more…]

How to Create Clipping Masks in Photoshop Elements 11

In a Photoshop Elements 11 clipping mask, the bottommost layer (also known as the base layer) acts as a mask for the layers above it. The layer or layers above clip to the opaque areas of the base layer [more…]

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