- 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
Working with layer groups
During the course of correcting an image, you may use multiple adjustment layers to address different tonal and color problems. If you nest all the adjustment layers in a group, the Layers panel will be better organized, plus you’ll have the option to add a layer mask that applies to all the layers in the group.
To create a layer group:
- On the Layers panel for an image that contains two or more consecutive adjustment layers, click the topmost adjustment layer, Shift-click the bottommost one,A then press Ctrl-G/Cmd-G (or from the Layers panel menu, choose New Group from Layers, then click OK).B The layers are now nested in a group. Click the triangle to expand or collapse the group listing.
- To quickly hide or show all the adjustment layers in a group, click its visibility icon.
As we showed you on page 101, you can limit which areas of the image an individual fill or adjustment layer affects by editing its mask. Now that you have created a layer group of adjustment layers, you can create (and edit) a layer mask specifically for that group.
To create a layer mask for a layer group:
- Do either of the following:
- Create a selection on an image layer.
- To load a selection that you’ve already saved, Ctrl-click/Cmd-click the alpha channel on the Channels panel.
- On the Layers panel, click the adjustment group, then click the Add Layer Mask button. A mask thumbnail will appear on the group layer.
- Optional: Edit the layer mask, such as by applying a gradient or by applying strokes with the Brush tool.C
- Although each adjustment layer in a group has its own layer mask, the mask effect may be limited by any dark areas that are added to the group mask.