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Video:Adobe Photoshop Layers

with Don Schechter

Try light graphic work or picture re-touching without any worry of damaging your original images by using Layers in Adobe Photoshop.See Transcript

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Transcript:Adobe Photoshop Layers

Hi. I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I am going to show you how to best edit your photos in Adobe Photoshop CS 2.

Why Use Adobe Photoshop Layers?

We will be using layers to make sure we do not destroy our original pictures. First, open up Adobe Photoshop. Go to file, open and select a digital picture. Let's say I want to draw on this picture with a brush. I am going to go over to the toolbox, select the brush tool and draw a little. Whoops. I did not want to do that. Let's try using the eraser to erase this. Now I have erased my original picture and I definitely do not want to do that.

Well, if I want to undo the last thing I did I can go up to edit, undo. If I want to go back even further, I can always go up to edit, step backward. If I make too many mistakes, I can go to file and revert. This will bring up the last saved picture. However, using the undo or revert tool only works if you haven t already saved your picture. If you save, make a mistake and don't realize it, there is nothing you can do.

What makes photoshop so useful is layers. Layers allow you to work on one element of an image without affecting the others.

How to Use Adobe Photoshop Layers

To avoid saving mistakes and destroying an original picture, we need to use layers. The first layer we'll create will protect our original. Create a copy of the background picture by dragging it to the create a new layer icon. Next, create a new blank layer by clicking on the create a new layer icon on the layers pallete. The create a new layer icon looks like a blank page.

I can now go to the brush tool, draw all over my picture and not damage the original. If I click on the eye next to this new layer, the layer disappears. If I click on the empty box, it reappears.

I can also move and hide it below the background copy.

I'll bring it back above the background copy because I want to show how to delete it. Click and hold down on the layer icon and drag it to the little trash icon. There's our background copy and background original untouched.

There is a lot more you can do with layers. But first you should practice creating them and moving them around.

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