Photo editing basics: working with layers

Learn how to use layers in your favourite image editor to improve your photos and add sophisticated effects.

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Use Color Selectively

Now let's try making a photo with selective color: Most of the photo will be black-and-white, but it will also contain a splash of color. Open a photo in Photoshop Elements, select the photo with Ctrl-A, and copy it using Ctrl-C. Choose File, New, Image from Clipboard. At this point, the Project Bin should show two identical color images; we'll convert one of them to black-and-white. Choose Image, Mode, Grayscale. Select the image and copy it.

Double-click the color version of the image in the Project Bin to switch to it, and then choose Layer, New, Layer, and click OK. Press Ctrl-V to paste the black-and-white version of the image into the top layer. Now let's add some color. Click the Eraser Tool in the toolbar on the right side of the screen and start erasing. You might need to use the Tool Options toolbar at the top of the screen to adjust the size of the tool. Everywhere you paint with the Eraser, you'll see color bleed through from the bottom layer.

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