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Chapter 7: Speedy Gonzalez: Layer Tips

I know I'm supposed to write something compelling to make you want to read this chapter, but honestly, they're layer tips. Not that they're unimportant—they totally are. But when you say it—"layer tips"—it just doesn't have enough oomph! This chapter name needs more oomph! By the way, as an aside, if you look up the word "oomph" in the 2001 Webster's Abridged Dictionary, Oxford Version, for the actual definition, it's "A bulkiness or powerful quality that is brought on by most chapter heads, with the notable exception of 'Layer Tips'." Hey, I'm not making this stuff up. Those Webster guys are serious (especially the one who had his own show and was friends with Michael Jackson).


If you're opening new documents and they don't have a Background layer, there's a reason (of course there's a reason, everything has a reason; we just happen to know what it is). The reason is that you've selected the Transparent option in the New document dialog box. That seems like a reasonable thing to do; everybody wants transparency, right? However, what it tells Photoshop is "don't worry about creating a Background layer." To get Background layers again, the next time you're in the New dialog box, under Contents, make sure you choose White, and from then on, you'll have Background layers in your documents.

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