Hi, I’m George Peirson and in this Photoshop Elements, video I’ll be talking about layers for beginners. Now this video is for people who are brand new to Photoshop Elements and the reason why I’m doing this is I get these kind of questions. People are very confused about layers when they’re, first starting out with Photoshop Elements and if you’ve watched any of my videos, you see that layers are vitally important for doing most of my projects. So this is to get everybody up to speed. So you know how to use layers to make it much easier to work with my video projects. Okay, let’s get to it We’ll start off with the very basics right now, and that’s that this thing over here on the right hand, side: this is your layers panel and you’ll, see that right down the bottom down here it says layers, that’s the button to show And hide that layers panel right there.
If you don’t see that you can also go up through the window menu and come down here, there’s layers as click on that or hit the f11 key. All of those will bring up the layers panel now, normally I have my layers panel running all the time, two more things when you’re working with my projects, I do all of my projects in the expert mode up here, so not in the quick mode, not even Guided, but in the expert mode, and also I normally have my program set up to open up floating windows, may show you that very quickly as well. Go up to the Edit menu come down to preferences right down there at the bottom of that go over here. To general click on that and here’s the little Preferences dialog box – and you want to take a look right down here, where it says, allow floating documents in expert mode make sure that’s checked also make sure that enable floating document window docking is checked as well. Make sure that those two are checked once you have that done, then all the basics are set.
What that allows you to do is to pull your tab down like this and float your window or go back up here notice that kind of goes transparent. Let go it docks it again. This is also very useful when you’re moving images from one file to another, we’re looking at that as well. Okay, so that’s the basics of where the layers panel is how to open it up and also my two basic settings. That’S that expert tab right there and, of course, the floating documents. Let’S now open up, two files go to file new. Let’S do a blank file I’ll leave mine at these standard default, Photoshop Elements size and there we go. That’S the floating window comes in as a floating window right there, let’s open up one more I’ll, do file and open and honest grab something off of here. This is a bunch of stuff I’ve done in previous discussions here, previous projects, I’ll just grab one of these. Here’S a recent one that I did I’ll use this one bring that open and there we go now when you bring in a new image like this, just opening up the file. It comes in as one layer in the layers panel and it says background.
This is little lock over here. This shows that the transparency is locked. There’S no transparency in here already can’t kind of ignore that it’s a special layer, that’s always on the bottom of your layers, deck if you’re working with that it most of the time only comes in handy if you’re changing the background using the graphics down here, which I’Ve done on a few of my videos, but in most cases that’s what you get. Let’S look at the blank file. This is the same basic thing. It says background right there there’s your luck and there’s your background. So it’s really the same thing, either with an image or with a new file. They’Re both opened up like that. Aside from that, there is no difference between a new file and an image is just that this is a picture in it and this doesn’t. Okay. It’S closed that down now. Normally, when I’m working with an image like in here, I don’t want to be doing any changes on the background layer.
This is just a safety precaution and easy way to do that is to go up here notice. We have a bunch of buttons up here. The one you care about the most is that one right there and that’s create a new layer. If you just click on that, you get a new blank layer above whatever layer you were just on. There’S our blank layer. That’S what kind checkerboard pattern that means that this is transparent, so I actually see through this layer to the layer underneath if you want to get rid of a layer, does it the trash can over there it’ll ask you to confirm that, and that goes away. If you want to copy a layer, just take that layer and drag it up to that same button, and it gives you a copy – I do this all the time. I’Ll then hide that I can, under whatever I want on this copy of the background and I’ll. Never touch my original, so I make a mess and ruin it up here. I can always go back and make another copy from the background. That’S why I use this as a safety, very, very good habit to be in. Let me now show you the two main reasons why I like having floating document windows.
One is, I can pull it up like this grab my corner and make the window much larger and then use my zoom tool over here and just zoom in and get a much bigger image to work on. I can still move it around. I can cut up and you’ll pull that up. I can still get to all of my options down here my tools over there, but I can get a real, close, real nice large image. That’S one of the main reasons I like using these floating windows. The other reason, let me just put this back to a smaller size, here’s our soom control right there, let’s bring it down a bit there, we are and I’ll squeeze this back down. Other reason I like using floating windows is that I can take this layer over here knows that it has kind of a dark background. That’S what we’re currently on that’s this layer here I can take this. Miss drag it over to this file and it copies that layer from here over to that file. I’M just going to hide this one I’ll click on that little minimize button and hide that if you want to see it again, let’s go to the photo bin and it’s right there in the photo bin go back to our tool options. I also normally switch over here to my basic move tool just out of habit. I always go back to that tool now, once we have it here, notice that this is underneath all of these layers in here each one of these layers is one of the letters right in there, the very top, that’s the for beginners.
That’S that bit right there. Now, if I am on this layer, that’s selected, I can move that object around this case. That’S that picture, so you can move around the contents of a layer independently of any other layers. This is the main reason why you want to be working with layers is that you can work on the layers independently of each other, and that gives you all kinds of power when you’re working in this program, lots of stuff, you can do with that. That’S a major technique here for working with your different projects. Now you can change the order in here of your layers. Notice. Also layers for beginners. That’S right here says for beginners is actually in front of everything else. What’S on top is also in front, I can show that I’ll go here. It says for beginners and I’ll drag it up here. On top you see there, it is it’s in front of everything else.
So, what’s on top is in front see here the L is in front of the a which is just beneath it. The a is above the Y and it’s in front of the Y. The Y is above the E and it’s in front of the e. So the stacking here is things in front down to things in behind and then your background. You can change the order. Just by taking a layer, you can actually drag it up and down notice that kind of a dark line that goes in there. That shows you where it’s going to go once you let go I’ll. Let go right here. It moves up to that point. It’S now in front of all those litters, but it’s in behind the ill and it’s in behind for beginners. So you can change the stacking order here very easily. Something else that you can do is you can show and hide layers. That’S this bit right there little. I click on that and it hides it. Click on that again – and it shows you say, hide and show layers. This allows you to have several different layers. They be using for different parts of a project or possibly that you are going to be using for different versions of the project. Just show and hide those there you go something else you can do, I’m just going to pull this down to the bottom again, something else you can do if you’re working in footage of elements 15 or later, 15 or 2018 or 2019, and that’s this button right There this is a layer group click on that you get a new group there.
It is I’ll drag that to the top, and you can then put things inside of that group. I’M going to click on the top layer here and I’m going to hold the shift key down and click on the bottom of my, so you can select more than one layer at a time. Click on one click on the second one holding down the shift key I’ll, then pull all those and put them on top of that group layer and puts them inside the group notice here that they’re now kind of moved in just a little bit they’re indented. That shows are there inside of the group. Now, where this is useful, is two main things I can show or hide. What’S in that group, a little arrow right, there click on that it shows it click it again. It hides it. So it’s a real help to organize everything in here. Also there’s a lie here. I can show or hide everything in that group with just that. One click there’s a lot more. You can do with groups as well bless good enough for right now for our basic discussion. Let’S just go ahead. Will collapse that and hide that and there’s two more things I want to talk about here about layers just for beginners everything else. I cover in my tour video, so if I’m doing a video, how you do a different technique, I’ll show you that technique in the video but you’ll understand that once you understand all of this stuff, the first one is how to change your background. I’M gon na hide this layer right here. Just hide that one and I’ll change this background in here. You can do anything you want you can paint in here. If you want to, you can add a pattern in here. If you want to the fun thing to do is go down here to the button that says: graphics, click on that brings up your graphics and at the little drop down here, change that to backgrounds, and then we get all kinds of backgrounds in here you can Use to put on that background layer, I’m gon na choose this one right.
There click on it and there’s that background, so go back to the layers. You’Ll see how that now fills that background layer. If I go back to graphics again, let’s change to something else. Me just grab this one right here. It changes to this one. If I go back to layers, it has now changed that layer. Now there is a way if you want to have more than one background, you can switch back and forth between without going to graphics. It’S easy to do just take this background. Layer drag it up to with a new layer button right. There gives you a copy of the background notice how the actual background layer is italicized and this and it’s not italicized the background layer also is always at the bottom. So always your bottom one. There won’t be any place else, it’s always at the very bottom. So it’s hide that copy. Let’S go back to graphics, go back to this one, just one click there. It is back to our layers and there’s that new background. I can now switch back and forth real fast, just by showing and hiding this second layer. Okay, that’s the first way to come in and work with your backgrounds. The other thing is bringing in images into your project. Man, we already copy it over. Let me show you that one more time, that’s the easiest way to bring a layer or a new layer into a project go up here to file is still open. Isn’T, okay, it’s got into photo bin, it’s right! There just take the layer you want, and this is again we’re floating windows really helps just grab that layer drag it over. Here let go and it makes a copy and it comes in as a new layer right there. The reason it says background copy is because that’s what it was called in the other file right here background copy.
You can rename those just double click on the name and type in a new name. If you want to okay, the second way to bring a new layer in new image, just hide that one: let’s go back to file again there. It is I’m going to go up here to select and all or the control a key or a shortcut that little marching ants, but this means that this is now selected. I can then go up here to edit and copy there. You go. Let’S just hide that again we’re back over in here and then edit paste and it pasted that in as a new layer this time it comes in as layer one, that’s just the name that it gives it’s the exact same thing as this one down here. It’S just a different name because we pasted it in it gives it in as a new layer. So that’s your second way of bringing an image onto your layers. You show you the last way and that’s to place an image. Let’S go up here to file. Come down to place right there, so if we find your image there, it is I’ll click on that one choose place and it places that image into your file again notice how it comes back in as a new layer right there notes at this time. It has the name of the file as the name of the layer when it’s in places click on that green checkmark. There we go. That’S our third way to bring images into a new project. Again, there’s a lot we can do with layers and all of my projects. If I do different layer things I’ll show you those steps in the in the projects. So there you go. That’S all the basics of how to work with the different layers. Inside of Photoshop Elements, again real basics up here you can show or hide layers right there. You can rearrange layers just by clicking the one and dragging it. I just put that in behind the a so you can drag up it down. You can put them into groups. If you have Elements 15 or later, you can show or hide layers down here. You can bring layers in by dragging and dropping. You can bring them in by copying and pasting or you can bring them in by using the place command right there and again everything else. You’Ll see in all of my other project videos. It’S there, you go, that’s how to work with layers and that’s a good basic beginning for working with the most important aspect of Photoshop Elements, which is understanding how the layers work and last thing. If you found this video useful make sure you click that, like button and also share their friends, is click on the share button and share away. If you haven’t already done so also make sure you subscribe to my channel and if you really want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements, the best way to do that is with my training course and there’s a link for that right down there. In the description. Thank you for watching my video. I hope you found it useful if you like this video click on the like button below to let others know you can click the subscribe button, so you don’t miss any of my videos in the future and frequently uploading new training. Videos. Don’T forget to check out my website at houck, aguru, zheng, calm,