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)

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!


Sign up for the 20 ESSENTIAL PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS TIPS Video Series and newsletter where I share some of my favorite secrets to using PS Elements for maximum efficiency. All for FREE:

Get 4 FREE Videos and Cheat Sheets of 20 Essential Photoshop Elements Tips.

Go from Layers Basics to Home Page

Go from Layers Basics to Layers Main Page

Share this page:
Was this page helpful? Here's another way you can share it...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Search This Site:

Teacher Top 5 Award

Online video lessons by Essential Photoshop Elements

Sign up for my newsletter
BECAUSE… You get

  • 4 Step-By-Step Videos showing Tips being used 
  • One-Page Printable Cheat Sheets of Tips
  • Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription.

    Get My Photoshop Elements Books for just $3.99 from Amazon

    More Content… follow me:


    "Just a note to say I LOVE your site! There seem to be a few PS Elements tutorials sites, but yours is by far the clearest and easiest to understand. Thanks!" - Ellie

    "Watching your tutorials even about things that I think I know I ALWAYS learn something new. A big thank you!" - Douglas

    "I am thrilled to find such useful and easy-to-understand information for using Photoshop Elements. I can't wait to use your tutorials (especially with my scrapbooking obsession)" - Judy in MS

    Good day Rick, "I very appreciate ALL, ALL of your tutos. Very very clear and useful tips, tricks and techniques of how-to in PSE9. A great great work!" - Hoan

    "Love your tutorials on YouTube. Very clear and helpful. Thanks a bunch." - Rich

    "I love your videos! They have been such a BIG help. I bought the Dummies book, and it's OK, but I do better by watching instead of reading. Kudos to you!" - Cheers, Kathy

    "Thank you for this site! I found it through one of your videos on YouTube. Again, thank you so much!" - Vanessa

    "This is really a truly generous and very admirable website!" - Cheers, Jonas

    Hi Rick! First I've got to say thank you for all the information you share. I can't wait to see the "tips and tricks" you are working on because it sounds like those will help things all come together. I've gone thru several of your tutorials and learn so much. I can't praise you enough for your time and patience. - Vicki.

    "Your website is a great service and I thank you!" - Kind Regards, April

    "A big thanks to you and your website, and the information and help I get from it, its much appreciated." - Rob

    Rick - "Many thanks for your advice, that I will take. A big thank you as well for you outstandingly good tutorials. You do seem to have an amazing knack of making quite complicated tasks seem easy and straightforward. I am a fan!" - With Best Wishes, Tony

    Much more helpful than PS Elements 9 for Dummies book.... Thanks so much for your site..truly easy to follow. - Karin

    Hi Rick. Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of the great information contained in your tutorials. I've stumbled around PS9 for quite a few weeks now and can't believe quite how easily you explain the different aspects. It's way, way more powerful than I imagined and now, for me, usable too. A big, big thank you from the UK. - Guy