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Part: II Working with Images > Using Multiple Layers to Edit Images

Chapter 12. Using Multiple Layers to Edit Images

IN THIS CHAPTER:

91 About Layers and the Layers Palette

92 Create a New Image Layer

93 Create a Layer Filled with a Color, Gradient, or Pattern

94 Create an Adjustment Layer

95 Convert a Background Layer to a Regular Layer and Vice Versa

96 Simplify a Layer

97 Erase Part of a Layer

98 Apply a Layer Style

99 Move, Resize, Skew, or Distort a Layer

100 Mask an Adjustment or Fill Layer

101 Group and Organize Layers

102 Merge or Flatten Layers into One

The use of layers to edit an image is the most powerful feature in Photoshop Elements. Using multiple layers, you can isolate each element of the image, in the same way a cartoonist isolates each element of a scene by placing them on sheets of clear acetate. You could put the sky and a roadway on the bottom layer, a race car on the next layer, and your son on the top layer. Separating your image into layers gives you the ability to make adjustments to any one of the objects within the image—such as the location, size, color and tone of the race car—without affecting the background or the other objects. When elements in an image are separated, you can apply effects, filters, and layer styles to specific objects without applying them to the entire image.


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