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Photoshop Tutorial Layers by jloli Photoshop Tutorial Layers by jloli
I've been wanting to make this one for a loooong time. :D And now I have.
The file I uploaded is big, but you can just right click and "save as" the full view if you don't want to wait for the download.

It covers the uber basics for photoshop noobs, plus some extra more complicated stuff. I've tried to fit in as much useful information as possible, and I hope it comes in handy for alot of beginning photoshop users. You may have to zoom in extra to read some of the screenshot stuff.

Feel free to feature this in a journal, add it to a group, save it to your computer for future reference, or translate it into a different language if you feel so inclined.

Please credit me where possible so more people can find the resource.

Also please let me know if you found it useful, need more clarification on a topic, or if there are any typos. :D Enjoy.
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Given 2010-06-20
Iluvocnj2006 noted me with "Photoshop Tutorial Layers by ~jloli For those of you who have never used photoshop, this tutorial is an excellent way to start; giving you the basic concept of things such as layers and all that goes along with that." ( Suggested by Iluvocnj2006 and Featured by UnicornReality )
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Clear73 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Amazing tutorial, now I know how to merge layers, thank you very much for this useful tutorial!
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Ghilayne Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Thank you, this is an excellent, clear tutorial and very helpful.
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carla-ng Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for sharing! I was looking for something like this! :)
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:iconjloli:
jloli Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
You rock!:iconmonkeythumbplz:
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Romeina Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Wow! this is 100% helping!
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jloli Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
So glad I could help!
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derandre Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your explanation of clipping layers!
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Panda-Dog Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. I'm horrible at Photoshop, I'm very new to it and don't know much at all. This is a huge help and answered a lot of questions I had. Wonderfully put together.
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks, I don't "get it" yet. This will help!
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socky1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Do you know how to make layers different sizes? Like a 500x500 layer on top of a 600x600 layer.
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jloli Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hm... well the biggest layer would determine the size of the photo as a whole... if you want to size down a layer you can ctrl+T for free transform, then hold shift+alt and drag the corner, which would change the size of the selected layer(s) to whatever you wanted, but you can't see size in pixels while you're doing it.

If you really needed a layer to be a specific size, I would say take out your wand tool, right click on the image,(with the correct layer you want to resize selected,) then select all, and copy. then go to "File" and choose "new". This should bring up options for the size you want, and it should be pre-set to the size of the layer you just copied, so just choose ok. Then paste your layer into the blank file. From there you can go to "image" then "image adjustments" and it will bring up the option to change the pixel size of your image. Change to desired size, wand, select all, copy, go back to your original image and paste.

Phew! That may be a very round about way of doing exact pixel-sized layers, but it's the best way I can think of to be accurate from what I know.
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socky1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thanks! That's a big help!
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Brilliant-Red Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
tx alot, ur a life saver! ~> been hiding my mask disability pretty well.lol
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pandamonium-123 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student General Artist
thank yoouuuuu!!!! :iconsuperglompplz:
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equinewolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is really helpful!! ^^
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shadougeshowdalove Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanx ! i hope this really helps me !
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Lily-Box Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I know I must sound SO stupid, but no matter what I do, I've followed this EXACTLY and clipping mask does nothing and I don't know why! It stays exactly as before I pressed Ctrl+Alt+G. Could you give me any help?? It's just so frustrating as I'm trying to do my first ever photoshop colouring :ohnoes:
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jloli Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh my gosh, I'm so sorry for not replying sooner. I've been avoiding the huge stack of notifications piling up. :( Is there any way I can still help? have you conquered the problem?
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Lily-Box Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Don't worry! I tried a different version of Photoshop (CS5) and it worked but I have no idea why that is. Perhaps my copy of PS sucks XD Thanks for the concern, I'll attempt it on somebody else's photoshop I think :P
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
You rock!
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MYTHICSONOFGOD Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks alot !!
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ss-switters Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
thx for the tut yo
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geanera Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Wonderful!!!
Thanks :heart:
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kurohiko Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even know there was such a thing as a clipping mask! Thanks, this is absolutely awesome~ :tighthug:
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fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for this!! I have been using photoshop for the last 9 years and I am still amazed at the simplest things I don't know! Clipping mask and the transparency trick, how could I not have known?!? thank you for informing me :D I'll be using both of these tons I'm sure :heart:
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow! 9 years? Glad I could add something to your PS knowledge. :D
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Loyane Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Filmographer
thank you so much! It's a very good help!!!!
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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Yokomura Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Nice tutorial :)
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potsi1711 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010   Writer
This is really great. Thank you!
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B0XFISH Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks For shearing my beloved friend! I have work with layers for some years now but I had no idea about the "clipping mask" This will make things so much easier I'm so grateful you teached me this!:tighthug:
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad I could help!
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BetulaNigra Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Well written tutorial on a basic concept in Ps. It should be helpful to any new user and some of us slightly more experienced users as well.
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sakurasoul Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Great tut!
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HocusPocusFocus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful!! Thanks for sharing!!!
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BiOzZ Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
such a basic task but such a pessary one to know
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iBFAM Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
thanks man.news for me is only clipping stuff.I was wondering what is it for so thanks
yeah I'm new in this
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EvaRusso Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
this is great I am going to give it a try.
I have had a little course PS, but I am still not able to use it...thanks for sharing
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome! hope it comes in useful. I'll probably have anther PS tutorial up in the next few months so check back if you're interested.
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EvaRusso Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
oh thanks a lot! (sorry for the late lateness of my answer! :P)
I am going to watch you since I like your creations too!
:D
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DancesWithFoxes Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I started using Photoshop 3 years ago, and I also remember being very frustrated at not being able to figure out how the layers work >>
This is a wonderful tutorial, sure wish I had it when I first started xD
I'd recommend this to any new Photoshop user.
Congrats on your DD =D
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you so much. =D please do pass it on to the little noobs. lol
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LRJonte Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really fantastic, even for those of us that know Photoshop! Thank you!
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks! I'll probably be putting up some more advanced tutorials in the coming months, but I knew this one would be the most useful.
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LRJonte Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
More tutorials? Penguin backpack! *FOLLOW* Aw,now see what you've done? :D
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D hahaha I'm definitely using the cute penguin backpack to my advantage. XD
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew the part about clipping masks... Thank you for sharing this nice tutorial!
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jloli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks back for the nice comment. ^_^
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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