Chapter 4

Working with Layers


Chapter Goals

When Layers were introduced in Photoshop 3.0, it was revolutionary. Today it’s hard to believe a program like Photoshop Elements or most of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications could exist without support for Layers. Layers are vital to all your photo editing needs. In this chapter, you learn to do the following:

  • Create layers

  • Use commands in the Layers panel and the Layers menu

  • Create Adjustment Layers

  • Work with Smart Objects

  • Work with all the blend modes

  • Move layers around the layer stack

  • Copy, delete, and modify layers

Photoshop was introduced in early 1990. The first version of Photoshop ...

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