Layers Options Overview
Creating new documents and elements is very, very simple. So let's say you want to create your own piece of Are you wanna create a documented a certain size that you're going to create a collage in or paint or what have you. Then you can just turn up to the file menu and choose new and elements gives you the toys of creating an empty new document or importing any image into a new document that you might have hanging around in your clip work. So what's your clipboard? Is your computer's temporary memory? So if you copy something in a word processor that text that you coffee goes into your computer's clipboard or if you copy and image, let's say for Microsoft Word or from wherever, then that image goes on to your clipboard. And so you've got the choice of creating a new document with the images on your clipboard right here in elements, which is kind of neat. So if we create a new file would get the same kind of options that we do in photo shot. We've got a slew of presets right here, you...
know, great for scrap burgers. Elements is a fabulous program for scrap bookers. One of these days, when we get more scrap bookers and our audience will be able to do a full on finally focus Scrap Booker Party and will use elements for that. So when you choose scrapbooking from that preset menu, then you get a A list of some commonly used sizes used in scrapbooking. So you scrap it. Pages typically can be squares. That's what we've got those kind of square dimensions in there. And if we look at the photo presets, then we've got a commonly used set of sizes. So let's say you wanted to make a collage and printed at an eight by 10 and you just start out with an eight by 10 document. And when you choose a preset like that, elements is gonna fill in all these other fields for you and then click OK, and you've got your new document just like you wouldn't photoshopped. All right, what's aren't any more questions on the interface itself? Now we're going to go into talking a little bit about what layers are, because the reason we're gonna hit that right now before we go to guided edit mode is because we're going to do some of these effects, then we're going to go over to expert mood and we're going to talk about what elements did in the layers panel. So we need to understand what layers are first before we do that. So I'm gonna go ahead and close this image by choosing either file clothes or using the keyboard shortcut, which is listed over here on the right hand side command W on a Mac W for window or control W on the PC. And once I close this document, elements is going to say, Hey, do you wanna save your changes to this document before you close it? And I can trigger any of these buttons by simply pressing the first letter of the word on that button so I can press d to trigger that. Don't save button or see the trigger cancel and so on and so forth. When you do, start editing your images and elements and you do start having multiple layers in your document. Then you definitely want to save it as a native Photoshopped document, because that's going to keep all of your layers intact so that you can go back and fine tune those layers later on without having to start over. But before we get too far into that, let's really define what the heck layers are. So I'm gonna go ahead and close that organizer. I'm gonna quit out of it, and we're gonna come over here to our files. If you're following along, if you purchase the course, you get absolutely every single project file, we're gonna go over layered files and original source images that you can recreate this stuff at home. So if you have done that and you're watching this after the fact that we're in folder number two layers and layer types, so I'm gonna go ahead in shift, click toe, activate all of those and you can open existing images and elements in myriad ways. We already looked at how to open images from the organizer. Well, here I am at my hard drive folder. I can activate a file and click and drag it onto the elements. Interface will open that way seriously, or you can use the file open command, so file open, and then you could navigate to where those images live on your hard drive. So I'm gonna collapse. This little photo been equivalent to the photo been in photo shot would be your mini bridge panel. So that's how you can see other images that you've got. So it's kind of similar to that. So we're gonna go ahead and collapse it by clicking this little downward pointing arrow at the top, right so that we get more screen real estate. And let's talk about pizza E. I love pizza, Pizza demos, my favorite, The pizza demo. All right, so what I just did was I changed the magnification level simply by double clicking the little percentage down at the bottom left of the interface, and I can dial in exactly the zoom percentage that I want, but back to pizza so layers you can think of as creating a pizza. So over here on the left hand side, we have what we normally would see in the preview area of the Photoshopped document. So that is all the layers that we have that comprise the image, and we're looking at that from a bird's eye view on the right hand side of your screen. This layers panel is really an exploded view of all the different layers of, let's say, toppings that go on top of a pizza. Okay, so this part of the image right here is really like seeing the pizza from a bird's eye view. This section right here is really what you're seeing in your layers panel when you're dealing with any kind of image that is comprised of multiple layers. So when we start putting text on top of an image, or when we start in adding multiple images to create a collage, you're going to see the individual layers more like a horizontal view over here in the layers panel. So it's exactly like pizza analogy, so we can see that this pizza, the bottom most layer of the pizza is what the pizza dough that's on the bottom of the layers panel. It's at the bottom of the pizza. Then when we start adding the red sauce on top of the pizza, that is a layer that lives on top of the dough where the red sauce covers the dough, the dough is hidden. The dough is still there. It just has another layer of topping on it. That's exactly how layers work. Whatever is at the bottom of your layer stack is at the bottom of your image. Layers on top, higher up in the layer stack. Have the power to cover up. Hide anything that's on layers below. However, if we look over here at our composite image, which is the final image looks like a single image but comprised of many different layers. Then we can still see the dough where the red sauce on that layer doesn't cover it. Moving up another layer. Our next layer. Our pizza would be cheese. Now where the cheese covers the red sauce. We're not seeing the red sauce. The red sauce is still there. It's being covered up by what is on the layer above it. But if there's any transparent areas in the cheese, like if we look over here in this part of our pizza image, we can still see a little bit of the red peeking through. That's because the cheese doesn't completely cover up the red sauce. Wherever there are transparent areas or spaces in between layer content, that layer will be empty, allowing you to see what's on the layer underneath it. Now we're ready to add another layer of toppings to our pizza, and that would be pepperoni Raikes. Course you would always put pepperoni on your pizza. Now where? The piece where the pepperoni covers the cheese. We're not seeing the cheese, but the cheese is absolutely all still there. It's just being covered up by what is on the layer above it. But again, where there are transparent areas between the slices of pepperoni MM pepperoni between the slices of pepperoni thin you can see through toe what's on the layer underneath it, which is the cheese. And then, of course, where the cheese doesn't have full coverage, you can see through to what's on the layer underneath fat, which is the red sauce. And where the red sauce doesn't completely cover the dough. You can still see that which at this point is only around the edges of our pizza. And last but not least, we're gonna add some mushrooms and some bell peppers. Same kind of situation over here. So all of this is to really explain how layers work in image editors like photo shop and put a shop elements he build each piece of the image on separate layers. When we get into retouching, tomorrow will be retouching on separate layers and whatever is on the layer of above or higher up in the layer. SEC has the power to cover up or hide whatever is underneath, but it is absolutely still there. But I love this this image because it really gives you an idea of what you're seeing in the layers panel. So again, this exploded view of the ingredients of a pizza in its separate layers is exactly how you're seeing what comprises your image over here in the layers panel. What you see in this area of the image like that in this area is the composite an aerial view, a bird's eye view down through the top of your layers stack, and you're seeing everything that doesn't completely cover up layers underneath it. So now let's open up our photo been again and let's take a look at another analogy, which is the glorious Texas flag. So here in my layers panel, you can see all the different layers that I've created to make what looks to be a single composite image okay or just a single image of flattened, and it's not. It's made up of all these layers, so if we flip this flag, that's where it was perfectly horizontal instead of a bird's eye view. And we exploded the different pieces that it was comprised of. That's what are layers panel was really showing us just like that layered pizza view right there. So I'm gonna turn off the visibility of the eyeballs of the layers that I created over here and just clicking and dragging through that little eyeball icon to temporarily hide them. And as we turn on each layer, then we will start to see that flag come into view. So the bottom most layer is why we don't really care about that, cause I made all these other layers cover up that layer. So you're not really seeing that layer Once I turned the visibility these others back on, so I'll turn on the red layer. That's a solid red layer, completely covers up the white. You can't see the white at all. Now we're gonna turn on the next white layer, which covers up part of the red layer. Is that red layer still there? Absolutely. Part of it's being hidden by what is on this layer. The next layer up is blue now, does that mean that this part of the white layer in this part of the red layer is gone? Absolutely not. They're all still there. They're just being hidden by the pixels, content that air on these layers, higher up in the layers stack. And then when we turn on the star, which I made with elements shaped tools, then does that mean that we now have a whole cut through the blue layer? Well, I don't know, do we? Course not. It's just being hidden. So that's a real key concept to understand when you begin your image editing career or your elements life because you may have something going on on one layer and not be able to see it or access it. You may not understand why that's happening, because you've got layer stacks and things on the higher layers have the power to cover up completely or partially what's underneath them. But if you just think about it like the ingredients of a pizza, and remember that what you see in this image preview area over here is a composite view, a bird's eye view down through your layers stack. And if you remember that This is really what you're seeing in your layer stack over here. Then you'll be fine, and everything will make a lot more sense in elements. Why are layers so important? Well, let's say I want to resize the star on Lee the Star, but I want to leave the rest of the document alone. The only way you can do that is to create that star on its very own layer. So when you start using layers, you build in a ton of editing flexibility into your documents. First and foremost, you don't screw up your original image when we're dealing with photos. When we start bringing photos in and adjusting etcetera, your original remain intact if you do your editing on separate layers, but when you're building stuff like this or collages, you get the ability toe use elements move tool to move items to move layer content around independently of other layers. So I have moved. The star created a new country, so I have moved the star without moving anything on the other layers. I can resize the star without re sizing content on other layers. Notice how I didn't have to hold down the shift key to keep that star from getting all soppy, job squished and squashed elements does that automatically pretty amazing. And if I want to accept that transformation, Aiken, simply press the green check mark, or, if I want to cancel out of it, bail out of it, then I can click that little circle within a slash, which is what we're gonna do. You can also change the opacity of layers independently of other layers, which is going to be crucial when we start color correcting our images with adjustment layers. Let's say we create an adjustment layer toe, lighten the image, but then after we finish, we say that's a little too light. Then you just lower the opacity of just that one layer. Or when we get into creating collages, you may want to adjust layer, opacity, toe control, the strength of something on one layer versus the other. So you've got a A no opacity setting here at the top of the layers panel, just like you do in a photo shop. So as I drag that setting to the left, I'm just pointing my mouse cursor at the word opacity, and my cursor turns into a little scrubby Bart like a little hand with two arrows on other side, so you can just adjust the opacity of one layer without changing anything that's on the other layers. And, of course, if I decide I will, I don't want that star on my image at all. Then I can throw it away and not harm these other layers. So my favorite new feature in Elements 12 just like it was my favorite new feature and photo shop CS for is the ability to delete layers with the delete key that is brandy and elements arguably worth the great price alone because the only other way to delete layers was to click and drag their little preview thumbnail right here up to the trash can icon at the top of the layers panel, which was a bit of a drag. So that's a neat anything. So that just gives you an idea of the power of of creating with layers nondestructive editing, the ability to move layer content independent lee of content on other layers, the ability to adjust layer opacity independently of other layers and the ability to resize layer content independently of other layers of Those are just a few hopefully compelling reasons that you should be editing with layers. And hopefully with the pizza analogy, it makes a little bit of better. Since what exactly it is that you're seeing in this preview area right here versus your layers panel. Any questions on that stuff before we move on? No. In studio. All right, Um, appear we're looking pretty good. Excellent. All right, so now let's talk about the different kinds of layers that you can get. I'm gonna turn off my guide right here. So we've got guides and elements just like we do in photo shop. So I'm gonna hide them from view by choosing view guys, and we're going to collapse our little options bar right there. And then we're gonna zoom in by person, Commander Control. Plus, So this is a fake ad that I made. There's no rainbow lane and boulder that I'm aware of. So here is an example of the power of layers. So let's take a look at all the different layers in our layers panel over here. See if we can figure out how this image is made. But here again, it's just like the pizza. So this is our finished pizza bird's eye view of the ad. And here's all the components that make up the ad in their own individual layers in their own little snuggly little holes that you can effect individually. So at the very bottom of our layers stack, we've got a color fill layer. I'm gonna make my layers paint a little bit larger by pointing my cursor at the dividing line between it and the preview area to enlarge it. So this is just a solid color feel layer. So basically what we've done is we've told elements Hey elements. I want you to fill that layer the size of the canvas with this color. If I want to experiment with the color of that layer at any point, all I have to do is double click. It's layer thumbnail layer. Thumbnail is this little preview that you're seeing. It is a miniature of the document, so if I give that a quick double click, I can pop open the color picker and I can experiment with other colors. So this is one type of layer one kind of layer that you're gonna have in elements. It's called technically a feel layer. So we've got Phil layers here. This layer is a plain old image layer. How do I know it's a plain old image layer? Well, it doesn't have this kind of icon, and it doesn't have any kind of special little hoo hah or badge at the bottom right corner of the layer thumbnail. So that's an image layer. That's where those looks like lights or in the background. Next layer up is technically a smart object. Okay, so that's a file that I used, or an image that I brought in using the file place command, and it has a special little badge on it, so a smart object has a protective wrapper around it. So if we use the free transform tool, if we resize this layer content, we can make it big. Small, big, small, big, small and the edges of the pixels won't get as pixelated because Photoshopped remembers the original dimensions of that layer content, and with that protective coating, it just doesn't destroy the pixels. Anything you do to a smart object layer really happens to the protective coating instead of what's inside of it. So what's inside of it? stays protected. Next layer up is another image layer this particular image layer. You can see that the thumbnail is a little over to the right compared to what's on the layer underneath it. And we've also got a special icon to the left of It's a little square with a down pointing arrow. And that is your visual indication that whatever is on this layer, which happens to be the photos of these ladies, is being shoved through the shape of the layer underneath it. So since this layer right here has some transparent areas and we know it has transparent areas, cause we're seeing that checkerboard pattern of transparency around that image Thumbnail preview. Then those areas are gonna be empty on that layer, which means we're seeing through down the layers panel to what's underneath it So you can clip players together like that or group them together so that one layer is pushed through the shape of the layer underneath it. And as you can see, you can make some pretty interesting effects. That way, we're gonna be doing a lot of that. The next layer up is an adjustment layer. How do I know it's an adjustment layer because of this little thumbnail right here. And it actually looks like a hist A gram with the little shadow, mid mid tone and highlight sliders underneath it, the little black, grey and white sliders right there. That's a levels adjustment layer adjustment. Layers are your way of saying, Hey, elements this next adjustment or change I'm gonna make on my image doing on its own layer, please, if you would put it in its own little space so that I can throw it away if I don't like it, lower the layer opacity. If it's too strong, etcetera. So that's how we're gonna be color correcting and changing the color and lighting in our images in elements. It's also clipped to the photo, so that means it's on Lee affecting one layer down instead of all layers down. The next layer up has a big old fat t on it. Anybody wanna guess what? That what kind of layer that is text. Yeah, that's your type player. Next layer up is another smart object. Next layer up is another solid color fill layer Elements is naming these layers by itself. That kind of gives you a good idea of what's going on on that layer, and then the final layer, the very tippy top is another text layer. So if I come down to the bottom of this layers panel, nice turn off the visibility eyes of all those other layers. So I just be turning off these little eyeballs right here. You can click them individually, but a neat keyboard shortcut for y'all is to press and hold a modifier. He so option on a Mac or all on a PC. And if you hold on that key and you click a single layer, then both photo shop and elements are gonna toggle off the visibility of the rest of the layers automatically. So that's just a quick kind of on off thing. How do you get all those layers to be visible again? You can option are all click that layer again, and elements will turn them all back on. So with them all turned off, I'm gonna turn them on individually, seeing kind of see the build effect, just like making a pizza so you can think of the yellow as our pizza dough. Now we've got another layer that's our red sauce right, and then we've got another layer. That's our our frame that we're using for the photo, and now we turn on the other layer and we see that that photo is showing through the shape of what's on the layer underneath it. And now we've got a levels adjustments. So that brightens up our photo. Just our photo. It didn't affect the rest of the image, did it? On Lee affected this photo. That's because we told it to do that, and we'll learn how to do that in just a little while. But any time you see a layer that the thumbnail or the preview is a little bit over to the right and it's got that downward pointing arrow that lets you know that it has been attached to the layer underneath it. Same thing with our levels adjustment layer here. Now we can turn on our first text layer, so we've got our karaoke, you mania, and we turn on another layer. That's where we've got our little microphone, and then we've got a little color bar here from our feel layer that's just going to make a a little bit of a safe spot for our texts. Our final layer is the Uriel on the address. The background was a little busy, so I made a little bar of color to go behind that text. And then I have dropped the opacity of that bar of color so that it's barely there. So I get just enough toning down of that background that my text remains readable. And that is the most important text on the whole ad is where the heck is this place without that? Who cares if ladies drink free? Nobody confined it. So that gives you an idea of how you can use layers to create really beautiful promotional pieces, things like that. If you had elements as a photographer, you could create your own business cards. You could create all your own ads. You could mock up a website. You wouldn't create the website, you know, using elements, obviously. But you could mock up how you wanted it to be, you know, create the artwork for and have somebody else build it from that mock up. So it really gives you a lot of power you can do Look at this graphic design that I made in here, but again I'm working on Lee in RGB color mode, which means I have three colors red, green, blue from which all other colors are made. So if I needed to send this to somebody, he was gonna print it on a, uh, offset press like newspapers use. Then maybe I'd be able to send this to them, and they would do the conversion to you. Seem like a Or maybe they would require a seem like a file and elements cannot work with in seem like a color mode. But again, that's becoming less less of. A problem is we have more digital presses come onto the scene because digital presses there's a really great at doing that conversion from RGB to see him like a and the printers that have those digital presses, I would much rather they do the conversion. Then you do the conversion. And that's wonderful news for designers because that's a bit of a hairy situation when you start changing color moments because, like I said earlier, things will shift. Things were always darker and see him like a because it's made with mixing paints right, so you've got far fewer colors that can be created that way, then the Brazilians of colors that we have digitally. Yes, sir. What? What? You were just describing there. How does that affect stock photography? How does it affect stock photography at all? RGB land? Yeah, I'll start. Photography is RGB. So how do you know what mode? Your images and color mode go to the image many of the top of the screen mode and we can see right here the different color modes that we have And we're gonna be working with rgb mood the photographers among you that understand about bit depth, which controls how Maney colors your image can have a Here's where you can see that you can only work in eight bits in elements. But that's fine if you If you're using light room cause you're 16 bit super duper bazillions of color image is still going to be over there when you come into elements to do what you need to do in, elements may be removed. Something create a collage of that photo through some text, etcetera. Then it's OK to be dealing with eight bits over here. All right, Now, the next thing we're gonna do is I'm gonna show you a cute little trick that you can do by using layers that you just couldn't get done any other way. So if you're following along were folder number three, photo embellish. And what I'm gonna do is open up these two images right here by clicking and dragging or by choosing file open another power of layers. You can do stuff like this. This is my shout out to scrap boogers all across the world. This is so much fun. So if we look over here in our layers panel, we see we've got three layers going on. So let's use our option or all click trick to toggle the visibility off of all layers except for one. So at the bottom, most of our layers stacked, which you know from the pizza analogies, like our pizza dough. So it's at the bottom of the image bottom of the layer stack. We turn on the next layer up, and that's our kitty. Angry, he d. So where angry Kitty has layer content is really just a little square on that layer. If I turn off the white background layer, you can see that we have transparent areas on that part of the layer. So we're seeing through those transparent areas to the layer underneath, which is the solid color Phil Layer. Then our top most layer is looks to be a collection of Halloween items. Clip are kind of stuff, and that's where our which has had is. So If I decide I want to change the size of that, which is hat I had come over here, grab the move tool, activate the layer. I want Teoh effect and Elements has that it has an auto select feature. So any time you've got the move tool active in your mouse and around on your image, elements will try to guess what layer that content is on the content. It's underneath your mouse pointer where your cursor rather I would be tempted Turn that off because it drives me a little bit crazy. But if you're just starting out in the elements, you might want to leave that on. But it can get you into trouble sometimes because you can end up activating a layer that maybe you didn't mean Teoh. So I'm gonna go ahead and turn that off. Another thing that you've got with the move to active and again the move told, Just let you scoop things around on your image. Move your layer. Content is you can have it show a bounding box automatically. And it actually should be showing us that bounding box right now. But it's not for some reason, but anyway, that gives you quick that quick access to the free transform handle so you can change size. So what I'm gonna do is press commander Control T to bring up free transform. And I think I know the reason why I'm not seeing those handles is because this layer is really big. So the Hamels air there, we're just not seeing them. So I'm gonna go ahead and give you a keyboard shortcut that might be arguably worth the price of this workshop. And that is Commander Control. Zero will make elements resize your window just enough where you can see all four corners of a bounding box when you have someone to the free transform command which just let you transform or change the size of whatever is on that layer. So this is basically the same thing we did with the star when we were looking at the Texas flag. If we click and drag any of those corner handles, I'm changing the size of that layer content, and this layer just happens to have a bunch of little howling clip art on it. And when you're finished, you can press return or you compress the little green check mark to say OK, so now that we're zoomed out, you can see that that bounding box really is on. So with the moves whole active, if I turn off show bounding box, then to get it back, I would have to use that keyboard shortcut, which is Commander Control T, which is really just a quick access to the when you get used to keyboard shortcuts, and sometimes you forget where they actually live. There it is image transform, preaching form, which just proves, See that you can get really fast and elements by using keyboard shortcuts because you don't have to go route into that mini system to find stuff. So Commander Control T is just a way to bring up a bounding box around whatever is on that layer that you can then use to resize the layer content, and you'll always see a bounding box automatically when you have the move tool active and you have that option turned on in the options bar down here, show bounding box. So anytime I click toe, activate another layer. I get an automatic bounding box around that layer content, which I can use to resize the layer content. Now, what would I be re sizing in this particular layer we have toe right? We have to look and see what is on that layer. And we do that by glancing at the layers panel, and we can see that Oh, that's the cat. So if I resize that part, I be re sizing the cat independently of the hat, the cat in hat. And then when you're finished, just click the green check mark or the please don't do it button. So again, if I click this other layer now, I've got a bounding box around that layer content. It's just that layer content is bigger than my canvas size, so I'm not seeing that box, and that's what we can use that keyboard shortcut, command or control zero. And then we see that bounding box. But if that drives you crazy, and once you get into editing with elements a lot and get more comfortable using expert mode. It will drive you crazy. Then you just know that. Activate the move tool, Trot down here to the options bar and turn off that bounding box. And then when you want to resize something, you're gonna either press commander control tea for free transform, or you're gonna trot up Teoh the image menu and choose transform pretty transform. So that just gives you an idea of the types of things that you can do when you begin editing on different layers. We could certainly select that hat and copy and paste it, you know, right on top of this image layer, there are combined those those image layers. But if we did that, then this would be permanent. So let me show you what that looks like. I'm gonna choose a command that I don't ever want you to choose from the layers panel fly out menu, and that is to flatten this image. So once I do that, look at all of my layers. They're gone slush down into one thing. So now if I grab the move tool, I have to double click it to make it edible elements trying to protect me from myself. Now, if I grab the move tool and move the kitty around everything moves the white background, the witches hat, the witchy kitty, all of it with the move tool active. If I turn on show bounding box and use our commander control zero trick to resize, I'm re sizing the whole mess. If I change layer opacity, I'm changing layer opacity on everything versus the more flexible editing control that you have with all the different pieces and parts that make up your image. Live on different layers with the white background on the separate layer. I can change that Any color I want with the cat on a separate layer. I can resize him, reposition him anyway. I want with hat on a separate layer. I can resize it lower rapacity of it changed position of it independently of everything else. So that's why you really want Teoh edit with layers and not mess up your original image by applying things directly to that. Any questions on that part? Do you flatten the image before if you make it a J pig? Or do you suggest never, ever, never ever. Really? Because what happens? Let me open that image again. We'll open the composite image. Right? Are layered image are Photoshopped documents? So here's all of our pieces and parts. Turn off that bag of bounty box that drives me. That's so here's all of our pieces and parts. Let's say you want to email this to somebody or you wanna post on your website, etcetera. Then you're going to save this as a Photoshopped document. So file save as make sure Photo Shop is chosen from the format poppet menu that's going to preserve these layers. That's step one. Step two is to choose file save as or safer Web. Either one, would you say, is safer when you get a preview. Ah, so oldest you save as right now if we need to go to J Pig, all we do is choose J Peg from that format menu right here so that saving another version of the image as a JPEG, which would be flat J pay format, does not understand layers. So it does it itself. Yeah, the format Does it? Yeah. When you when you save as a different file format, anything other than a photo shop and tiff. Then you get a flat file that's more readable by other programs because the only programs understand layers, but shopping elements the end So layers. You know you can't open a layered file in another program that doesn't understand layers. But so what you do is you export as a J pig or you save as a JPEG or a ping PNG that flattens that extra copy of the file and even changes the final name. So while we have Photoshopped chosen from the format mean you look at our look at our extension there at the top of the dialogue box, we've got dot PSD, which stands for photo shop document, even though we're in elements, same file format. But as soon as we change that file format, we say, Hey, save this is a different file format. Then the name changes. So now we have a dot jpeg or a dot P and G and that file, should you open, it would not have any layers and and would be compatible with a whole bunch of other programs. Thanks for asking that quite you really, really doing it wrong all this time? Is there Do you happen to know if there's a limit to the amount of layers that you can create in an elements document? I do not know of a limit. OK, which is kind of great. We just keep keep making them and see how far we get. Yeah, the more layers you have in your document that air filled with pixels, the larger the physical file size of that documents gonna be. And I'm talking about how much space it takes up on your hard drive.