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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Review answers

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1Layers enable you to move and edit different parts of an image as discrete objects. You can also hide individual layers as you work on other layers by clicking to remove the eye icons () for the layers you don’t need to see.
2The new layer or layer set always appears immediately above the active layer.
3You can make artwork on one layer appear in front of artwork on another layer by dragging layers up or down the stacking order in the Layers palette, or by using the Layer > Arrange > commands: Bring to Front, Bring Forward, Send to Back, and Send Backward. Remember that you cannot change the layer position of a Background layer.
4You can link the layers by first selecting one of the layers in the Layers palette. Then you click the box to the left of the Layer name of the layer to which you want to link it. Once linked, both layers can be moved, rotated, and resized together.
5You can flatten the image, which merges all the layers onto a single background.
6You designate the language dictionaries in the Character palette. You can set different language dictionaries to check different parts of the text in an image file, either by layer or by individual words:
  • To designate a dictionary for an entire layer, first select that type layer in the Layers palette, and then select the Type tool () in the toolbox. Finally, select the dictionary you want to use from the pop-up menu in the Character palette. (You do not need to select the text with the Type tool.)

  • To designate a language dictionary for individual words on a text layer, use the Type tool to select (highlight) those words, and then select the dictionary in the Character palette. Each word can be associated with only one language dictionary, but you can use as many different dictionaries as you need to check different words in your Photoshop files.

7Layer comps make various combinations of layer settings available as a single-click action. These settings can include layer visibility, layer position, and layer effects, such as opacity and layer styles. In Photoshop, this is especially useful when you want to create alternate design choices for review or when the final output will include multiple versions of the file, each of which is directed to a different audience. In ImageReady, layer comps can be a tremendous time-saver for creating GIF animations, which you’ll learn more about in Lesson 18, “Animating GIF Images for the Web.”



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