- Using the main application features
- Using the panels
- Tools on the Tools panel
- Changing the image size
- Choosing a bits per channel mode
- Cropping and rotating images
- Using the Layers panel
- Creating adjustment layers
- Editing adjustment layers
- Limiting the effect of an adjustment layer
- Saving adjustment presets
- Merging and deleting adjustment layers
- Working with layer groups
- Applying content-aware scaling
- Choosing a mode for the History panel
- Making snapshots of history states
- Working with nonlinear histories
- Using presets
- Streamlining your workflow
Using the Layers panel
Every new image contains either a Back ground or a transparent layer, on top of which you can add layers of many kinds, such as:
- Image layers, which can contain all opaque pixels or a combination of opaque, transparent, and semitransparent pixels.
- Adjustment layers and fill layers, which apply editable tonal or color adjustments to underlying layers.
- Editable type layers, which are created with the Horizontal Type or Vertical Type tool.
- Smart Object layers, which are created when you bring an Illustrator vector file, another Photoshop file, or a raw file into a Photoshop document via File > Place, or when you convert a standard layer. Double-click a Smart Object layer and the object reopens in its original application for editing; save and close it and the object updates in Photoshop. Apply a filter to a Smart Object layer and it becomes an editable and removable Smart Filter.
- Shape layers, which contain vector shapes.
You will use the Layers panel A in most or all of your Photoshop sessions. It lets you create, select, show and hide, duplicate, group, restack, link, merge, flatten, and delete layers; change the layer blending mode, opacity, and fill opacity; apply editable effects; attach layer and vector masks; move layer content; and copy layers between files.