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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 21 of 118

Creating a New Layer


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 21 of 118

Creating a New Layer


Lesson Info

Creating a New Layer

So now let's learn a bit more about layers. So far, we've made layers by either copying and pasting a picture between documents we could have dragged and dropped them between documents using the move tool. Or we dragged them from bridge and we dragged him from bridge. Did a little bit extra in that it automatically transformed to make it fit within the document. Well, now let's do other things with our layers. Weaken manually. Create a brand new empty layer in my layers panel. If you look at the bottom, there's a bunch of icons. If I click the icon, that's to the left of the trash can. That's the new layer icon, and they recently changed the appearance of that icon. Ah, but that will create a new layer. It usually creates that new empty layer directly above the layer that was active. If no layers were active, then it'll be at the top of your document. So I could at this point used my paint brush tool and paints on layer so that top layer is active. And so if I do some painting like thi...

s once I released the mouse button. If you watch my layers panel. You'll see that that's where the pain went because you're usually Onley gonna change which layer over layer is currently active. So let's figure out which functions can we use when a single layer is active in Which can we use when more than one layer is active? When you have a single layer active? Usually any painting that you do to it will affect only that one layer, and you can also come up here and apply filters. Let's say I want a blurry line. I'll apply the blur filter called Ghazi Ambler. The other thing that I could do to a single layer is adjusted if I choose image adjustments. Human saturation. The choice, called Hugh, will change the basic color of that layer so I can change the color of the paint that I have there. But then, if I select more than one layer at a time by just clicking on multiple layers that air here, well, I hold down either shift or command. Then I'll be limited what I could do if I come up here and grab the paint brush tool and I attempt to paint, you'll see that my mouse looks like a no symbol, and if I attempt to paint, it will simply tell me I can't do it. And that's because it doesn't know which layer it should put that paint on. If I come up here to the filter menu, you'll find all the filters are great out, except for one choice called Convert for Smart Filters will cover that when we have a class on advanced layers, but you'd have to do that first before being able to apply a filter. If I go to the image menu and I choose adjustments, it's simply great out because it wouldn't know which layers or which layer it should work on. Those are all things that can only work on a single later at a time, and therefore I'd have to click to get only a single layer active then in your layers panel. It's a Ziff. You're standing at the top of the layers panel looking down in. This is no different than a stack of paper on your desk or a stack of photographs that you might have on your desk if I had sheets of paper and I stacked them. The top most sheet of paper would obscure my view of the sheet that's directly below it, because the overlap in the same is true for layers. So in my layers panel, if I repositioned my layers using the move tool, this layer is on top of all the others Onley because in my layers panel, it's near the top. If I end up clicking on the name of that layer and dragging it down in putting it way down here now you can see it in between those other layers. But it's underneath so you can control the stacking order the layers very easily by simply dragging up and down within the layers panel. I want that on top again and just need to drag it up near the top. So that's quickly little green line. If I want it to be behind those images, I need to click on the layer that contains it, drag it down far enough that it's gonna be behind all the layers so was interested in. Maybe I wanted that as some sort of background element, or if I don't like it at all, I can drag it to the trash king. Another way for creating layers would be to use certain tools. That shape tool could be used for drawing circles, rectangles and other Chris bed shapes. Or we could use the text tool in this case. I'm going to use the text tool click within my document and after typing in some text. If I want to change the settings for the text, I need to select the tax, and I usually do that by typing Command a, which I did automatically without thinking. Then up here in the options bar at the top of my screen, we have the size. I don't usually deal with number necessarily. There is an icon right here that indicates size, and if you just click on it in drag, you'll be automatically changing the number that's next to it. So I'll just click on that icon. That's letter T and drag to the right and tell my text is the size I might want. Then I can come up here on the left side of my options bar and decide what typeface I'd like to use, maybe fine tune my size again if I could spell forgotten? A. If I need to select all this, a type command a then I can change the size, and the reason why you have to select all is because otherwise you could change thesis eyes of individual letters that are here. Then there's a little check box up here that means I'm done with my settings and I'll click that so we have our text.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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