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Lesson 6. Layer Basics > Using the Layers palette

Using the Layers palette

The Layers palette displays all layers with the layer names and thumbnails of the images on each layer. You can use the Layers palette to hide, view, reposition, delete, rename, and merge layers. The palette thumbnails are automatically updated as you edit the layers.

If the Layers palette is not visible in the work area, choose Window > Layers.

There are five layers listed in the Layers palette for the 06Start.psd file (from top to bottom): a text layer called 2, Shell, Letter, Paper texture, and Background.

Click to select the Background layer to make it active (if it is not already selected). Notice the layer thumbnail and the icons on the Background layer level:

  • The lock icon () indicates that the layer is protected.

  • The eye icon () indicates that the layer is visible in the image window. If you click the eye, the image window no longer displays that layer.

Use the context menu to hide or resize the layer thumbnail. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) on a thumbnail in the Layers palette to open the context menu, and then select No Thumbnails, Small Thumbnails, Medium Thumbnails, or Large Thumbnails.

The first task for this project is to add a sepia-toned photo to the scrapbook montage. You will retrieve it now.

Click the Go to Bridge button () on the tool options bar, and in the Lesson06 folder, double-click the Photo.psd file to open it in Photoshop.

The Layers palette changes to display the layer information and a thumbnail for the active Photo.psd file. Notice that here is only one layer in the Photo.psd image: Layer 1, not Background. (For more information, see “About the Background layer” on the following page.)



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