Photoshop Effects: using Layers to rescue exposure

Photoshop Effects: using Layers to rescue exposure

Extra layer tools in Photoshop CS6

Colour labels
Photoshop CS6 users now have even more ways to take full control of their project’s layers. For starters, you can colour code your layers to make them easier to identify, which is very handy if you are working on a large document.

For example, in our Layers palette, pictured right, we’ve given all of our Adjustment Layers a blue label, while image layers have all been assigned their own unique colours. If you want to assign a colour, simply right-click on a layer to access the pop-up menu.

Group Layers
To save space in the Layers palette, Shift-click on similar layers and choose Group Layers. This collapses multiple layers into a single folder that you can toggle open when required.

Fabulous filters
Perhaps the most useful feature is the option to filter layers. This drop-down enables you to display layers via criteria such as Name, Effect or Blending Mode, which is a great way of managing large, multi-layered documents.

PAGE 1: Using Layers to process colour and tones (Steps 1-6)
PAGE 2: Using Layers to process colour and tones (Steps 7-12)
PAGE 3: Extra layer tools in Photoshop CS6

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