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In Photoshop the images are made of different layers and the appearance of those images mostly depend on how the layers are designed as well as stacked together. The following step by step tutorial can make it clear to all photo professionals.

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UsingLayersinPhotoshop–aComprehensiveBeginners’Tutorial

EveryimageinPhotoshopismadeoflayers,andthemannerinwhichtheselayersaredesignedandthenstackedtogetheriswhatgivestheimageitsappearanceandappeal.Assuch,usinglayersinPhotoshopshouldbecommonknowledgeforeveryPhotoshop users.

  • HereisabriefbutcomprehensivePhotoshopbeginnertutorialonhowtouselayerinPhotoshop.

  • The layer panel

  • ThelayerspanelinPhotoshopnotonlygivesyouaccesstothelayers,butitalsocomeswithawiderangeoffeaturesthatmakemanipulatinganddesigningtheselayerssimple.Itallowsyoutocreate,design,andre-designlayersinadditiontootherthingssuchas:

  • Creating a newlayer

  • Youmayfinditnecessarytoaddanewlayertoanimageinordertoachievecertaineffectsandappearances.Thiswill requireyoutocreateanewlayer.

  • Therearetwowaystodothis–clickontheupperrightcornerofthelayerpanelandfromtheresultingmenu select“newlayer”.


Orsimply clickonthe“newlayer”iconlocated atthe bottomofthelayerspanel.

  • Duplicatingalayer

  • Youcanalsoduplicateanexistinglayertohavetwosimilaronesquicklyandeasily.Just right-clickon thelayeryouwish toduplicateand thenselect“duplicatelayer”fromtheresultingmenu.Here,youhaveanoptionofaddingthelayertothesameimageoranotherimage–to addtothesameimagesimplygiveit a name andselect “okay.”


If,however,youwishtoaddthelayertoadifferentimage,typethetitleofthatdocumentinthe boxtitled“destination”and giveit a name beforeclicking“okay.”

  • Alternating the layers’ positionsontheimage

  • Whenworkingonanimage,thedifferentlayersinPhotoshopmakingupthatimagearearrangedinorderoftheirposition–fromtheoneatthetoptothebackgroundlayer.Youcanalternatethepositioningoftheselayersbysimplyclickingononelayeranddraggingiteitherontoporbelow oftheotherlayers,dependingonyourintended outcome.

  • Hiding or deleting a layer

  • Itmaybecomenecessarytohidealayerandobservetheimagewithoutitordeletethelayeraltogetherifitisundesirable.

  • Tohidealayer,locateitonthelayerpanelandclickontheeyeiconbesideit–clickonthesameicontomakeitvisible again.


Todeletealayer,simplyclickonthatlayeranddragittothetrashiconlocatedatthebottomofthelayerspanelorright-clickthatlayerand selectdelete.

  • Changingalayer’smode

  • Youcanalsochangealayer’smodetomanipulateitsappearanceandfeel/texture.Tochangethemode,locatethetablabeledopacityonthelayersmenu–clickontheothertab labeled“normal”ontheleftsideoftheopacitytab.Thiswillopenadrop-downmenuwithnumerousmodestochoosefrom–justclickonthe desiredmodeto applyit.


  • Changing a layer’s color

  • Whenyouright-clickonalayer,theresultingmenuofferseveraloptions,amongthemtheabilitytochangethelayer’scolortoseveralothercolorshighlightedbynameandbythecolor–simply clickon yourpreferred colorto changethatparticularlayer’s color.


  • Adjusting a layer’s transparency

  • Alayeronanimagedoesnothavetobeopaque–itcanbepartiallytransparenttomakethe layerbeneathitvisible,evenifonlypartially.Toincreasealayer’stransparencyoropacity, simplyadjusttheopacitypercentagefromthelayer’spanel–itislocatedjustabovethe layers.

  • Adding styles to a layer

  • Finally,you can adda hostofeffectstoalayerto enhanceits appearance and shape.Simplyclickonthelayeryouwishtoaddeffectstoandthenclickontheiconlabeled“fx”atthebottomofthelayerspanel.Thiswillopenamenuwithawiderangeofeffectstoapply–just clickonthe desired effect.


Tip:Ifyoudonotwishtochangeacertainlayer’saspects,clickonittoselectitandthenclickonthelockiconatthetopofthelayersmenu–thiswillhelppreventmistakesthatcancompromisetheimage’sappearance.

Tip:Ifyouwishtodecongestorcategorizethelayersinthelayerspanel,clickonthefolder icon atthe bottomofthe page and dragthelayersintothe newfoldertomakea group.

Remember,layersareessentiallytheimageandhow youdesignthem determinestheappealoftheresultingimage.Assuch,honeyourskillsinusinglayersinPhotoshopby practicingandexperimentingwithdifferentimagestolearnnewthingsoryoucanapplythis techniquetocreatearealisticdropshadowusingPhotoshopsothatyoucanaddalayerstyletocreatethe shadow.

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photoshop-a-comprehensive-beginners-tutorial/

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