Photoshop Layer Introducing
Layers let you organize your work into distinct levels that can be edited and viewed as individual
units. Every Photoshop CS4 document contains at least one layer. Creating multiple layers lets you
easily control how your artwork is printed, displayed, and edited. You will use the Layers palette
A) Layer Visibility -The eye shows that the selected layer is visible. Click on or off to see or to hide
B) Layer Locking Options -Click the checkered square icon to lock Transparency; click the brush
icon to lock the Image; click the arrow icon to lock the Position; click the lock icon to lock all options.
C) Layer Blending Mode -Defines how the layer’s pixels blend with underlying pixels in the image.
By choosing a particular blending mode from the dropdown menu you can create a variety of special
D) Fill -By typing in a value or dragging the slider you can specify the transparency of the
Layers Palette color of the image or object.
E) Opacity -By typing in a value or dragging a slider you can specify the transparency of the entire
F) Layer Lock -The icon shows when the layer is locked and disappears when it is unlocked.
Double-click the icon to unlock the layer.
G) Layer Options Menu -Click the black triangle to see the following options: New Layer, Duplicate
Layer, Delete Layer, Layer Properties, etc. Some of the options are presented as icons at the bottom
of the Layers palette.
H) Link Layers – Can be used to link layers together.
I) Layer Styles -If a layer has a style, an “F” icon shows at the bottom of the Layers palette. Click
the little black triangle to see style options.
J) Layer Mask -A grayscale image, with parts painted in black hidden, parts painted in white show-
ing, and parts painted in gray shades showing in various levels of transparency.
K) Layer Set -This option helps to organize images with multiple layers. Click the icon to create a
folder for several layers.
L) Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer -Have the same opacity and blending mode options as
image layers and can be rearranged, deleted, hidden, and duplicated in the same manner as image
layers. Click the icon and select an option to create a new fill or adjustment layer.
M) Create New Layer -Click this icon to create a new layer.
N) Delete Layer -To delete a layer, select a layer in the Layers palette and drag it to the trash can
icon; or, select a layer and click the icon.