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When you import a photo into Photoshop, it opens in the Background layer, which is the active layer and the one that you can work on. When you’re working on your Background layer, the Background layer is the active layer.
After you create layers, you can choose them for blending with other layers. You can combine different types of layers to achieve different types of effects. And using layer masks, you can create complex effects that control where the colors are painted.
Photoshop’s Layered Editing System
One of the best features of Photoshop is its powerful layering system. You can use layers to enable efficient and creative editing, and enable you to move freely among layers as needed.
Imagine layers like the transparent sections of a beach towel — they allow colors and images to slide under or over one another.
Here’s how to use layers:
1. Create a new file.
2. Create a new layer.
3. Create a new image.
4. With the new layer active, click the New Layer button on the Layers panel.
A new layer appears in the Layers panel, as shown in Figure 7-1.
5. Click the New Layer button or press Ctrl+N.
**Figure 7-1:** Here you can add layers, which are objects that you can move and rotate, rotate, and blend.
Creating a Layer
It may seem daunting at first, but layers are a basic tool of any good Photoshop image editor. In fact, every Photoshop image is built on layers, and you can work on each layer with its own characteristics. By default, Photoshop creates a Background layer that serves as the background for your image, but you can create new layers for specific tasks. You can use a layer to create the background of a painting, the title or credits of a movie, the special effects of a television commercial, and even the components of a work of art.
Layer types vary from level to level, which means that you can choose from flat, preset layer types, as I explain later in this chapter. You also can use the Layers panel to easily create custom layers in the Background, Adjustments, and Filters categories.
The benefit of working with layers is that they enable you to reduce the opacity of a layer for a specific effect, or to mask part of a layer to move it to a new location on the same layer. You can apply various blending
A person who is very familiar with Photoshop knows that Photoshop is a bit complex for non-professional users.
So it’s time to check whether Photoshop Elements is as good as Photoshop in terms of usability and features.
While Photoshop is available for both Mac and Windows, Photoshop Elements is only available for Mac.
Installing Photoshop Elements
The key point in using Photoshop Elements is to open a file from your hard drive. If you use Photoshop on your computer, you should click on the file you want to edit on your Mac.
For example, if you have a picture that you want to edit, you should click on the picture on your Mac and open it with Photoshop Elements.
We will not go into the details of installing Photoshop Elements on Mac. If you want to do it, you can refer to this tutorial: Installing Photoshop Elements on Mac.
Features of Photoshop Elements
In this guide, we will focus on the features of Photoshop Elements, which are different from those of Photoshop. If you are interested in learning the differences, you can check out this article: The Difference Between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
In addition, we will focus on the features in the following sections:
Features of Photoshop Elements
1. Adjust a Layer
Photoshop Elements has a function that allows you to edit the contents of a layer. If you want to combine two or more layers on one screen, you can use this tool.
In the Figure 1 below, you can see a layer called the “Rays” layer.
When you place the cursor over a layer in the Layers palette, the layer tool is activated and you can move the content of the layer.
The cursor moves inside the image because the layer is not visible. To select the full content of a layer, you should go to the previous or next layer.
You can also rotate the layer, as shown in the Figure 2 below.
Figure 2: You can rotate a layer in Photoshop Elements.
2. Enter Text
The lettering function is useful for creating a design for a logo or a tagline. If you want to add text, you need to choose the type of font that you want to use for your text.
In the Figure 3 below, the lettering tool is under the type of font that you want to use.
You can position the text, choose
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Greetings from the Lone Star State
Welcome to our new home!
It’s great to be here. Texas is one of the best states in which to raise a family. We didn’t know that when we moved to North Carolina four years ago, but we’re glad we took the chance. We’re lucky to live in a safe and secure city and we’re close to both professional and college sports. It’s a fun place to live and raise a family.
Sadly, the one little problem we have is that we’re a little too far from our family. We’re pretty sure that we’re not the only family who has lived here for 3 years and has never seen a single relative or family friend. The little Texas heat will wilt the last stragglers.
It is hard to find other Texans. Most people from the South don’t think that they need to meet their family (most of them), so that list is small. We’re trying to do our part to get out more, but sometimes it’s hard to get out of the house.
Visiting is easy. We took the kids to see some relatives in the Dallas area and it was fun. We made friends with a small group of parents from a local community school. We met them at the playground and agreed to go out for dinner. We’ll probably go out with them again.
Having said that, we really don’t make much effort to get out. We prefer to stay in and enjoy the quiet, the weather, and the convenience of living in an area with good schools.
But with all of that, we’re glad to be here and we’re looking forward to having our family together, so long as we get out once in a while.
At least two people in California’s El Dorado County died and 18 more were injured when a violent storm swept through the area, Santa Barbara County fire officials said.
The rain, hail and wind brought down power lines and caused mudslides, including a mudslide down a hillside in the neighboring community of Fillmore, the fire department said in a news release.
About 1,500 residents in the area lost power and were without it for hours, the release said.
More than 40 San Diego schools were closed Wednesday, including many in the foothills and mountains near Lake Elsinore. Some hilltop schools that can only be reached by foot were closed as well.
Some homes and schools in Northern California were also evacuated as a powerful storm system raged in the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Weather Service.
Landslides were reported in the rural Pacific Northwestern community of Portal, Oregon, where some buildings are also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Some outer-city streets in Seattle and on the Puget Sound and Vancouver Island were closed as a precaution Wednesday as a dangerous rainstorm moved over the region and down the Pacific Coast.
The National Weather Service in Seattle said the storm was expected to cause significant rain and wind-driven waves of 2 to 4 feet in Seattle and the surrounding region.
Officials in eastern Washington were warning of similar threats and rerouting traffic due to flooding and flooding-related closures and delays.
Mudslides and flooding were reported in central Oregon after heavy rains and high winds downed trees, power lines and roofs.
Officials in Lake County, Oregon, said roads were closed Wednesday along the west side of Oregon’s largest body of water because of flooding.
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