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Lesson 3. Layer Basics > Creating and viewing layers

Creating and viewing layers

Now you'll open the start file and begin the lesson by working with the image as you learn about the Layers palette and layer options.

1.
Choose File > Open, and open the file 03Start.psd from the Lessons/Lesson03 folder on your hard drive.

You'll add a new layer to the 03Start.psd file by bringing in an image from another file.

2.
Choose File > Open, and open the Clock.psd file in the Lesson03 folder.

3.
Select the move tool ().

4.
Hold down Shift and drag the image in Clock.psd into the 03Start.psd file. Place it on top of the image of the keyboard. (Holding down Shift when dragging artwork into a new file centers the art on the new file's image.)

The clock now appears on its own layer, Layer 1, in the 03Start.psd file's Layers palette.


Clock image in Clock.psd



Clock image moved into 03Start.psd


5.
Close the Clock.psd file.

6.
If the Layers palette is not showing, choose Window > Show Layers to display it. If you want to expand the Layers palette, click the minimize/maximize box (Windows) or the resize box (Mac OS) at the top of the palette.


Photoshop Layers palette A. Minimize/maximize or resize box B. New layer (clock image) added to palette C. Show/hide column D. New layer styles E. New layer mask F. New layer set G. New adjustment or fill layer H. New layer I. Trash J. Previous animation frame button K. Next animation frame button



ImageReady Layers palette A. Minimize/maximize or resize box B. New layer (clock image) added to palette C. Show/hide column D. New layer styles E. New layer mask F. New layer set G. New adjustment or fill layer H. New layer I. Trash J. Previous animation frame button K. Next animation frame button


You can use the Layers palette to hide, view, reposition, delete, rename, and merge layers. The Layers palette displays all layers with the layer name and a thumbnail of the layer's image. The thumbnail is automatically updated as you edit the layer.

You will now use the Layers Properties dialog box to rename Layer 1 with a more descriptive name.

7.
With Layer 1 (the clock layer) currently selected in the Layers palette, choose Layer Properties from the palette menu.

8.
In the Layer Properties dialog box, enter Clock in the Name text box and click OK.

Layer 1 is now named Clock in the Layers palette.

The Layers palette shows that the file contains three layers in addition to the Clock layer, some of which are visible and some of which are hidden. The eye icon ( ) to the far left of a layer name in the palette indicates that the layer is visible. You can hide or show a layer by clicking this icon.

9.
Click the eye icon next to the Clock layer to hide the clock. Click again to redisplay it.


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