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.