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Using Adjustment Layers

This tutorial explains how you can use layers as we have done in the previous layers tutorial, but where in the other one we simply copied the most recent layer, thus locking in any adjustments that had been made, this method will allow you to go back to any layer and make further changes while the layer stack is intact.

We start in just the same way that we did before, 0pen you image. There will be one layer showing in the layers palette. Now click on the adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette, it is a circle half white and half black. This will open up a menu where we can select what type of adjustment layer we want to open. You can choose any one and in any order. You can also have more than one of any type of adjustment layer anywhere in the layer stack. In this example select levels and a new layer will appear at the top of the layer stack in the layers palette along with a dialogue box where you can make any adjustments you want. When you have finished just go back to the adjustment layer icon, click on it and select (say) curves. A new layer will appear and the dialogue box will change to the curves interface. Again, make your changes and when you are done you can (if you want to do more) open another adjustment layer. There is no practical limit to the number of these layers you can make.

After you have completed the work that you want to do you can now click on any of the layers you have made earlier and tweak your changes (or totally change them). If you save the file with these layers intact you can also open the image at any time and make further changes to any of the layers. When you have finished you can close the dialogue box by clicking on the double arrows in the top of the dialogue box (>>). You can close this dialogue at any time and bring it back by double clicking on the icon at the LHS of the layer, any layer..

You can also flatten the layers as we did before and save the file (with a different file name to protect the original file) as a single layer that can no longer have any of your adjustments tweaked or changed. The advantage with this is that the file size will be smaller, so if you want to e-mail it or upload it to the web, you will be able to generate a suitably sized image. Using the big layer stack image you will not be able to make a small image for web or e-mail use.
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