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Digital photography just the steps for dummies - Jones F.

Jones F. Digital photography just the steps for dummies - Wiley publishing , 2005. - 240 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-7477-9
Download (direct link): digitalphotographyjust2005.pdf
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Cut or copy the selected object to a new layer, as described in the next task.
Move the Selection to a New Layer
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With an area of your image selected in Adobe Photoshop Elements, choose LayerONew. You then can choose Layer Via Copy or Layer Via Cut to move the information to a new layer, as shown in Figure 11-4.
' useful aspects of layers is moving a section of the existing photo onto a layer. You can apply effects, filters, and other changes only to the selected area and not to the entire image. This technique is particularly useful, for example, to dim an interior scene or enhance the color of one wall in a shot.
The section becomes a new and independent layer. You can name, modify, delete, or transform the layer without any change to the original layer.
3. Choose FileOSave.
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Chapter 11: Using Layers
Add a New, Blank Layer to an Image
1. With an image open in Adobe Photoshop Elements, choose LayerONewOLayer, as shown in Figure 11-5. Doing so creates a new layer.
#An alternative way of working with layers is to use the Layers palette, which you can display by choosing WindowOLayers. To add new layers, Alt+click the New Layer button at the bottom of the
— palette, as shown in Figure 11-6. Give the new layer a name in the New Layer dialog box. You can add as many layers as you need using this command.
? Using layers is similar to placing sheets of tracing paper on top of an
original image, and making changes or adding elements to the overlays. While preserving the original, you can add text, effect changes
— on all or part of the image, add pictures or parts of other pictures, and much more. Layers are the key to easily manipulating and managing edits and additions to digital photos. This simple but sophisticated tool requires experimentation and practice to fully master its potential.
2. Click OK in the New Layer dialog box.
3. The new layer and the background layer now appear in the Layers palette.
The checkerboard pattern you see in Figure 11-6 tells you which parts of the layer are transparent. In the case of Figure 11-6, you can tell that the new layer is completely transparent (for now) and that, as such, there is no change to the original image. However, the new layer is, in effect, a blank slate that you can use to add, change, color, or do anything you want to the original image, without altering the original image. Layers are a very powerful feature.
4. Choose FileOSave.
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Link a Layer to Another Layer
Rename a Layer
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To change the name of a layer you created to something easier to remember than Layer 1, dick the name of the layer in the Layers palette to select it.
# Taking the time to rename layers can make your image much easier to manage if you intend to work with more than three layers. As the number of layers increases, the need for an organized way of — getting at your information increases as well.
Choose LayerORename Layer.
Type a new name in the Layer Properties dialog box, as shown in Figure 11-7.
4. Click OK.
Link a Layer to Another Layer
1. With a layered image open in Adobe Photoshop Elements, select one of the layers that you want to link to make it the active layer.
When you move, scale, or rotate one of two linked layers, the other layer moves, scales, or rotates with it.
2. In the layer that you want to link to the active layer (not the active layer itself), select the second check box nearest to the layer name in the Layer palette (the one to the right of the eyeball icon). A link icon appears in the box as shown in Figure 11-8.
3. To unlink the layers, click in the check box again.
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Chapter 11: Using Layers
Change the Layer Order
1. To change the order of layers in an image in Adobe Photoshop Elements, open a multilayer image and the Layers palette (drag it from the palette well on the right side of the shortcut menu onto your workspace to see it clearly).
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