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Chapter 8. Working with Layers > To create a new layer

To create a new layer

From the Layer menu or from the Layers palette menu, select New > Layer, or press Shift+Ctrl+N.

In the New Layer dialog, choose from the following options:

  • Rename the layer with a more meaningful and intuitive name. The default names are Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, and so on (Figure 8.5).

    Figure 8.5. Default layer names are Layer 1 for the first layer you create, Layer 2, Layer 3, and so on. You can enter a new name when creating a layer, or you can rename it later.

  • Choose a blending mode for the layer.

    The default blending mode is Normal, meaning that no change will be applied to the layer. You can experiment with other blending modes directly from the Layers palette.

  • Choose the level of opacity for the layer.

    Opacity can also be adjusted at any time from the Layers palette.

  • Group the new layer with the Previous (or lower) layer.

    The Group feature in the Layers palette produces an effect like masking where the lower layer in the group acts as a window for the upper layer’s image to show through. For a detailed description of layer grouping, see “Creating Masking Effects with Layer Groups” later in this chapter.

✓ Tips

  • You can also quickly create a new layer by clicking the New Layer icon near the top of the Layers palette (Figure 8.6). The new layer appears as the top layer in the palette with the default blending and opacity modes applied. To rename the new layer, double-click its name in the Layers palette and enter a new name.

    Figure 8.6. Click the New Layer icon to quickly create a new, blank layer.

  • To work more easily on your image, you can choose to show or hide any of its layers from the Layers palette menu.


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