Working with Photoshop: Layers

Correctly lay out your elements to easily adjust the artwork.

When in Photoshop, always keep the artwork on its own layer, separate from the background image or main photo. This allows you to adjust the scale of the overlay item, and change the angle, color, or opacity, in addition to using a Layer effect such as Multiply from the Layer Effects palette options.

When adjusting the opacity, don’t forget to experiment with adjusting the fill or the opacity on the layer within the Layer’s window, depending on your final visual goal. Under the Layers Effects, you can also add a little stroke to your text or a slight drop shadow to pop the text off the page.

Jennifer Foy

Jennifer Foy


Jennifer Foy has over 20 years of experience using Adobe software and working in the advertising, marketing, and design fields. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes for colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director at Universal Woods with the Unisub and ChromaLuxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at [email protected]

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