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Layer Basics in Adobe Photoshop CC (2015 release)

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In Photoshop, you can isolate different parts of an image on layers. Each layer can then be edited as discrete artwork, giving you tremendous flexibility as you compose and revise an image. This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) shows you how.

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  1. Layers let you move and edit different parts of an image as discrete objects. You can also hide individual layers as you work on other layers.
  2. A new layer always appears immediately above the active layer.
  3. You can make artwork on one layer appear in front of artwork on another layer by dragging layers up or down the stacking order in the Layers panel, or by using the Layer > Arrange subcommands—Bring To Front, Bring Forward, Send To Back, and Send Backward. However, you can’t change the layer position of a background layer.
  4. To apply a layer style, select the layer, and then click the Add A Layer Style button in the Layers panel, or choose Layer > Layer Style > [style].
  5. To minimize file size, you can flatten the image, which merges all the layers onto a single background. It’s a good idea to duplicate image files with layers intact before you flatten them, in case you have to make changes to a layer later.