How To Work With Layers In Photoshop/illustrator

by Rehana Kumari Tweet - in Authors - 3 min read

Last updated on November 6th, 2017

Photoshop layers are a wonderful way to create graphic design. The layers have in fact revolutionized the way designs are created. The Photoshop files can be placed as numerous layers to overlay them on each other. So, an image is usually made up of many layers when a designer works on them.

The designers have many advantages while working with the layers. The designers can crop parts of an image to edit it without touching other parts of the image. Layers serve as guiders for the designers to make the changes required in the images. Layers also allow the designers to move an image around and resize it or they can do many other editing jobs without damaging the original image.

As the layers have made it possible to move and edit images at will, the designers can now experiment with the images to create different effects. If you do not like the work, you can always go back to the original image to start again. An experienced designer can manipulate images through use of layers in uncountable ways. But here we show you some basics of using the layers.

In the first half of this tutorial, we show you how to create a business card by use of layers and in the second, you learn the basics of moving and editing images to give the effect of them being one picture in a single frame.

Step 1

Open New Document and name it. Insert the number of Art boards you require for the design. Fill all other parameters of width, height, bleed etc.


Step 2

Bring some images in the documents and click on layer 1 and layer 2. Here the image is of front and back sides of a business card


Step 3

Click on Create New Layer to have a layer 3 for the image.


Step 4

To get a background for the image, get layer options and fill your requirements. Here the color choice for background is brick red


Step 5

Select Layers and get background and its color


Step 6

Select whole of the frame for further action on the image


Step 7

You get the backside of the business card as you click on layer 3


Step 8

Get the image with background


Step 9

Edit the image further


Step 10

Select the text on the image of the backside of business card and click on layer 2


Step 11

As you click on layer 2, you get a menu and fill your requirement of getting the layer in your choice of elements.


Step 12

Now to remove Nea Décor Logo from the backside of the business card by selecting Path in the layer 2 menu


Step 13

Select a style for the logo to be placed again on the back of the business card


Step 14

Select the logo on the back and choose path from the layer menu


Step 15

Click on layer 2 again to get the back and front side of the business card


Step 16

Create a new layer 4


Step 17

Open Layer Option and fill the requirements


Step 18

Go to layer and get to Notes


Step 19

Go to Text button on the left panel and select the text for its incorporation


Step 20

The text appears on the bottom of the backside of the business card


Step 21

Now, we show you how to increase or decrease the size of an image. Go to file menu and click on Browse in Bridge


Step 22

Get an image with its variations and have its preview.


Step 23

Select layer 1,2,3 for each image respectively


Step 24

Select layer 2 for the image on the extreme right


Step 25

After we have a layer for each image, select Opacity for the image on the right


Step 26

Get Opacity for right, left and corner images


Step 27

Now on selecting the movement tools and having the same opacity for all the three images, they seem to be in one picture frame together.


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