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Another newbie question concerning PE2: I am a bit confused as to when you use a duplicate of the background layer or a new layer. For example, if I want to sharpen, blur or tint on a new layer, when and why would I choose to do these operations or other operations on a duplicate (of the background) layer or on a new layer? Thanks. Richard Hirschman...

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    Default PE2: Using a duplicate or a new layer?

    Another newbie question concerning PE2: I am a bit confused as to when you use a duplicate of the background layer or a new layer. For example, if I want to sharpen, blur or tint on a new layer, when and why would I choose to do these operations or other operations on a duplicate (of the background) layer or on a new layer?
    Thanks.
    Richard Hirschman
    Richard Hirschman Guest

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    Default Using a duplicate or a new layer?

    Richard: A new layer is an empty layer, while a duplicate of the background
    has the same image information as the background layer. To blur or sharpen,
    you need to have some pixels present in the layer; therefore, blur and
    sharpen won't do anything with a New (Empty) Layer. On the other hand, you
    can fill a New Layer with a color, change it to Color Mode and tint the
    underlying image. Depends on what you want to do...

    Chuck


    Chuck Snyder Guest

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    Default Re: PE2: Using a duplicate or a new layer?

    Hi Chuck,
    Thanks for your patience with my naive question. "Of course that's it," I said to myself after reading your answer but for some reason it didn't click before I read it. It's all new to me and your answer helped orient me.
    Thanks again.
    Richard
    Richard Hirschman Guest

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    Default Re: PE2: Using a duplicate or a new layer?

    Richard,

    Not terribly related, but...you might want to try using the Unsharp Mask with amount around 10-20 and radius around 30-50...this global contrast increase really adds snap to some images, try it with the layer in luminosity mode.
    Nancy S Guest

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    Default Re: PE2: Using a duplicate or a new layer?

    Richard,

    You not only have 'an inquiring mind' and a sharp intellect, you are very thoughtful. Personally, I find your questions very thought provoking.

    Nancy
    Nancy S Guest

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    Nancy...I tried your "recipe", unsharp-etc, and it is wonderful!!! Tested on several images...it adds a sparkle-snap just like you said it would!

    Thank you so much...Dorothy
    D. Brinkmann Guest

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    Dorothy,

    Glad it worked out for you too :)

    Nancy
    Nancy S Guest

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