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In this tutorial we will learn the basics of working with layers in Photoshop.
We will learn how to select, move, delete, duplicate, rename and create a new layer. Much of the magic of Photoshop is in the layers. The layers in a Photoshop image are like a deck of playing cards. Each card is one layer in the deck and you can play each card individually. You can discard a card or ask for another card. Whatever you do, the rest of the cards in the deck are not changed.
The same is true when working with layers in Photoshop. Each layer is independent of the other layers in the image. You can do many things to a layer. You can edit the layer, delete the layer or add a new layer. Whatever you do, the other layers in the image will not be changed. Let's examine a layered image. If you haven't downloaded and opened the dCipollo_LayerBasics.psd image, do so now by clicking on the link in the Materials section above.
When you open the image in Photoshop CS, you will see three colored circles on a white square. But it really has four layers. The white background and the three circles are each on a separate layer. Let's prove this by moving one of the circles.
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