If your Swatches panel isn't open, open it from the Window menu at the top of the screen. Then, you can see the rocks start to show through. I'll click off of the Opacity slider in a blank area to close that slider. Some are used more than others. The way adjustment layers work is you make the changes on a transparent layer.
Select a layer and click on the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the panel. Remember, changing setting for layers never affects the original photo. Think of duplicate layers like a photocopy. These edits can be redone or discarded without altering the pixels of your original image. Well, we just learned that black on a layer mask means 100% transparent, so we would need a way to tell Photoshop that instead of filling the new layer mask with white, we want it to be filled what black. Ctrl-click Command-click on the Mac your desired layers. I can already control the transparency level with the Opacity option, can't I? Cathy H May 20, 2008 11:56 pm I don't use layers or Photoshop.
As with other types of layers, you can adjust the blend modes and opacity of a shape layer. This method copies only pixels, excluding layer properties such as blending mode. Imagine I have a piece of paper and I paint it red. That's because the layer and its layer mask are two separate things, and the highlight border around the layer mask thumbnail tells us that the mask, not the layer itself, is currently selected. To show you what I mean, I'm going to select my Brush Tool from the Tools palette: Selecting Photoshop's Brush Tool from the Tools palette. The content of this background layer is a large photo in the background of the image, in the document window.
If you've been confused by layers or layer masking and want to go back to basics then this is the video for you. Let me switch off again, invisible, visible, etcetera. You can use each layer without affecting another one to make adjustments. Here are three links to tutorials on layer masking: , ,. Watch this video tutorial to find out how to use Photoshop layers, as well as some handy tips and tricks for making the most of the Layers Palette. You work with layers in the Layers panel. And to do that, you'll use the Free Transform command that we learned about in an earlier video in this tutorial.
Shape layers Photoshop Elements also lets you draw shapes with drawing tools. Types of Layers In Photoshop there are a number of different types of layers. Now let me make both of these invisible and let me just show you gradients. Say hello to Photoshop's layer masks. Fill opacity: Adjusts the amount of opacity of the pixels only, but any layer styles are uneffected and remain 100% opaque. There are so many practical and creative uses for layer masks that covering them all at once would be impossible. Type Layer: The same as an image layer, except this layer contains type that can be edited; Change character, color, font or size Adjustment Layer: An adjustment layer is changing the color or tone of all the layers underneath it.
The Eraser Tool is another common way to add transparency to a layer. Another thing you can do is to resize the content of more than one layer at a time. Where the Eraser Tool deleted the contents of the layer, the layer mask simply hides it from view! Great for compositing and special effects. If you're not yet familiar with layers, I highly recommend reading through our tutorials, beginning with the first one in the series,. By using the Layer masks, I was able to mask out the original sky.
You'll most likely come across situations where it makes more sense to hide everything on the layer when you add the mask rather than leaving everything visible, and fortunately, Photoshop gives us a couple of easy ways to do that. A big red X will appear across the thumbnail, letting you know that the mask has been temporarily turned off: Holding Shift and clicking the layer mask thumbnail. The little icon of the padlock on the right, indicates it is locked. What you would need is a layer mask. A layer can be moved by clicking on it and dragging it up or down the stack. Luckily, they are super-simple to get to grips with, and they make the designing process so much easier. I experimented more with the masking of the photo, varying the opacity of the brush.
You can also play with the normal brush options, such as Blend Modes and Opacity of your brush. The first important button is the Layer Visibility. Admittedly, for most work I use PaintShop Pro instead of Photoshop as I sort of grew up with it and it's more intuitive, hence easier to learn how to use without formal training. Most people to whom I explain it find it difficult. As its name implies, the Eraser Tool works by erasing deleting pixels in the image.