Some Layers Basics Part2

The video below is about Photoshop Elements Layers Basics Part2. This video shows more examples of how Layers are beneficial.

You'll see the difference between using Layers and NOT using Layers as we go through an exercise...

  • First without using Layers

  • Then we'll do the same exercise using Layers to show some of the advantages

It will also help further your general understanding of how Layers work.

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Recap Of What We Did In The Video...

  1. Created a new blank document.

  2. Drew an apple and an orange in the new document without adding any new Layers.

What The Results Were...

  • A document with 2 objects (an apple and an orange) that we could not change or move around independently.

What We Did Next In The Video...

  1. Added a new Layer above the Background Layer (which was just white) and drew an apple on it.

  2. Added another new Layer above the apple Layer and drew an orange on it.

What The Results Were...

  • A document with each object on its own Layer. This allows you to move the objects around independently from one another.

  • It also allows you to change the "stacking order" so that you can put either object on top of the other.

Bonus info not included in video...

What I didn't show you in the Layers Basics Part2 video is that you can also easily change the size, shape or rotate each object without affecting the other object.

It's all done with the Bounding Box that appears around your Layer's Object when you have the Move Tool active.

Photoshop Elements Layers Basics

Bounding Box Around The Orange

To Change Size...

Photoshop Elements Layers Basics

To Change Size, Click-And-Drag Diagonally On Any Corner Handle Of The Bounding Box

To Change Shape...

Photoshop Elements Layers Basics

To Change Shape, Click-And-Drag Left Or Right On Any Center Handle of The Bounding Box

To Rotate...

Photoshop Elements Layers Basics

To Rotate, Place Your Cursor Just On The Outside Of The Bounding Box Until It Turns Into A Double-Headed Curved Arrow. Then Click-And-Drag


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