Keeping my beginners tutorial on photoshop continued, After Introduction to basic selection tools in photoshop and How to do Selections in Images, this is the third article in series of Basic image manipulation in photoshop.

Some little information should be shed about the Photoshop filters before starting to use them. Since the Layers palette (the place where the filters are situated in Photoshop) is a very frequent tool, getting acquainted with it. It may look a little complicated at first, but after some time spent in Photoshop working with layers, it will come very easy. This article will teach some information about working with the Layer palette and the basic ideas behind it.

Now that the general information about the Layer palette has been presented, it is time to move forward and study the use of the layers in Photoshop in order to create and manipulate pictures.

How to create layers in Photoshop

Almost all the layers needed, automatically will be created by Photoshop. A layer can also be created manually, by clicking on the New Layer button found at the end of the Layer palette option. Also, a layer is created whenever an image is copied and pasted or when a layer is dragged from one document to another.


For starters, you should create a new image by choosing the File>New, option. Choose a new image with a transparent background, for example 200 by 200 pixels across. After having created a new image, create a new layer by clocking on the homonym option found at the bottom of the Layers palette. Thus an empty layer is created. After you have done this, click on the color of the foreground and chose a bright color. By choosing the round shape tool (the ellipse, which is found in the Tools palette), click on the rightmost icon of the three found in the upper left of the Options bar. Draw now a circle on the empty image.

After this step, create a new layer and paint a square on it, having a different color though. Paint a different of the first two color triangle on a new, third, layer. The image created can be used next to experiment with ideas presented in the following sections.

Active layer in Photoshop

In the Layers palette, the current layers will he highlighted. The current active layer can be changed by clocking on the name of a different layer. Another way of doing this without going in the Layers palette is by using the keyboard shortcuts (ctrl-click) when on the image with the Move tool activated.

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