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Compositing and Designing

Many Web sites use a photocomposition as an eye-catcher, including some graphics, solid-colored areas, and text. You create a photocomposition in Photoshop by stacking layers on top of each other and then having them fade into each other, blending the colors.You don’t need to be a Photoshop whiz to master these techniques, but you do need to know the basics of the Layers palette.

Working With The Layers Palette

You can open the Layers palette via Window > Show Layers. When you start a new document, you will usually see only one layer (the background layer), but as soon as you paste something from the clipboard into your new document, it becomes an additional layer. You can easily see the layers because each layer displays a little thumbnail of the layer content.You can also use the Layers pop-up menu, accessed from the triangle in the upper-right corner of the palette, to create new layers. A third way to create a layer is by clicking the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the palette. You can hide a layer or make it visible with a click on the eye icon next to the layer listing.


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