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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<h2>Add a Layer </h2><br><br>There are lots of ways to use layers to add two photos to a project, but let's begin with a simple method. I'll describe how the process works in Photoshop Elements, but the technique translates to many other photo editors as well. <br><br>To begin, open two photos in Photoshop Elements. You'll see them in the Project Bin at the bottom of the screen, but only one will be in the workspace at a time. Your first task is to copy the image in the workspace: Press <b>Ctrl-A</b> to select the entire photo, and then press <b>Ctrl-C</b> to copy it. Next, double-click the other photo in the Project Bin. That image should now appear in the workspace. In the menu, select <i>Layer, New, Layer</i> and click <i>OK</i> in the New Layer dialog box. You should see an empty, transparent layer on top of the photo in the Layer Palette. Press <b>Ctrl-V</b> to paste the copied image into that layer. The workspace will show the new image, but fear not: The other photo is still there, underneath.

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