Some Layers Basics

The video below is about Photoshop Elements Layers Basics. This video is good if you have no idea how Layers work in Photoshop Elements. Some of what you'll see is...

  • How Layers gives you many more options with your photos

  • An easy way to "Think About" Layers

  • How to create and use multiple Layers

Some important take-aways from the Layers Basics video...

  • Layers can be compared to clear sheets of plastic laying over your photo which you can add content to without changing your original photo

  • Transparency is represented on a Layer by a gray and white checkerboard pattern

  • You can use the Eraser Tool to erase the contents of a Layer "to transparency"

  • You can add a new Layer to the Layers panel by clicking on the "Create a new layer" icon. It's the icon in the Layers Panel that is square and has a dog-eared corner

  • To add to a Layer or make a change to a Layer it must be "active" in the Layers Panel. You can make it active by clicking on it

  • You can tell which Layer is active in the Layers Panel because it will be highlighted as blue (may be a different color in some versions of Elements)

  • You can hide or show the visibility of a Layer in the Layers Panel by clicking on the "eyeball" to the left of the layers thumbnail

  • You can delete a Layer by clicking-and-dragging it to the Layers Panel trash can (not the computer's trashcan)

Oops...
I should have told you in the video how to access the Layers Panel if it's not showing.
Go up to the Windows Menu and click on Layers. Sorry about that!

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