Layers in Photoshop are a basic skill you must learn to get started with Photoshop. In this short video, you’ll see how to add a new Photoshop layer. What is a layer in Photoshop and why do you need to use one at all and How to ADD a LAYER in Photoshop?
Having learned how to add a new layer in Photoshop, you can make adjustments to your photos with the ability to remove a the layer or correct it at any stage of photo processing, without changing the original file.
An adjustment layer in Photoshop gives you the ability to apply your chosen effect to your photo. These can be Curves, Color Balance, Hue/Saturation, Levels, Selective Color, and so on.
You can apply a mask to any of your layers, thereby precisely defining the area of application of this layer. This way you can process your photos more locally, thereby achieving the result you want.
It’s also important to understand the layer hierarchy in Photoshop. Layers in Photoshop go from top to bottom, that is, the top layer will always overlap or affect on the others under it.
How to ADD a LAYER in Photoshop – TIP 1
Let’s say you have created 10-20 or more layers during your edit process You have the ability to GROUP Layers into folders, so you won’t get confused between a huge number of your layers, your workspace will be clean, and you will find the layer you want much faster.
1 – To do this, select the layers you need while holding Ctrl button.
2 – Then right-click on the layers you selected, and click “Group from layers”.
3 – Now you can give a name to this group and click OK
How to ADD a LAYER in Photoshop – TIP 2
Let’s say you have 10 adjustment layers above your photograph, and you need to apply some effect to only one layer so that it does not affect on all the other layers underneath. In this case, you can simply click between the layers while holding down the ALT button, and you will have an icon applying the effect to the bottom layer only. (This can be very useful, for example, when you need to apply the – Curves effect only to a specific layer. This often happens in composite photography.)