Professional Web Applications Themes

Simple question - layers - Adobe Photoshop Elements

I've just got Elements. I seem to have a problem with layers. If I import a couple of pictures I expect them to appear as layers on the same image but they don't. They each have their own "layer" and don't appear together. What am I doing wrong?...

  1. #1

    Default Simple question - layers

    I've just got Elements. I seem to have a problem with layers. If I import a couple of pictures I expect them to appear as layers on the same image but they don't. They each have their own "layer" and don't appear together. What am I doing wrong?
    Derek I Reed Guest

  2. #2

    Default Re: Simple question - layers

    Derek, a few thoughts:

    Did you 'import' the images into Elements or did you 'open' them? I'm
    guessing it's the latter. In any case, each picture you open will be a
    standalone image - which you can then bring together into a single image.
    To combine the two images into a 'layer cake' in a single image:

    1. Open both images on the desktop - put them side-by-side if possible for
    ease of performing the next step.
    2. Find the Move tool in the Toolbox (4-pointed arrow); with the tool
    selected, click on one of the two images, hold down the mouse button, and
    drag from the first image into the second image, then release the mouse button.
    3. Check the layers palette, which you can find in the Palette well or by
    doing a Window<Layers (click on Layers). You should see your two images
    stacked as separate layers in the Palette.

    Note that you'll only see the top layer in the main view of the image;
    that's because the other layer is covered by the top layer. That's your
    starting point - now you can decide how you want the two layers to interact.

    Hope that helps.

    Chuck

    Chuck Snyder Guest

  3. #3

    Default Re: Simple question - layers

    Derek,

    Just a hint to add to Chuck's excellent posting. You can also drag from the layers palette, a single layer to another image. And if you hold down shift during the process it will center the layer on the new image. It is also important that when combining images into multilayered docs, that you have the same resolution between images. Makes life a lot easier.

    Rich
    Richard Coencas Guest

  4. #4

    Default Re: Simple question - layers

    Rich, very good point on holding the Shift key down; I forget to mention
    that because I usually move layers with Select>All, Edit>Copy, and
    Edit>Paste, which self-aligns...

    Chuck


    Chuck Snyder Guest

  5. #5

    Default Re: Simple question - layers

    Bless you! That's me sorted. Thanks for your help
    Derek I Reed Guest

Similar Threads

  1. Need Simple Answer to Simple Contribute/Firefox question
    By Adobe nickname in forum Macromedia Contribute General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: February 13th, 06:59 PM
  2. Big Layers question
    By MCC_1701 in forum Macromedia Dynamic HTML
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: July 17th, 12:19 PM
  3. Layers Question
    By latchet_mcbride@adobeforums.com in forum Adobe Illustrator Windows
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: July 16th, 12:27 PM
  4. CreateEmptyMovieClip and Layers question
    By ICM in forum Macromedia Flash
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 10th, 02:50 PM
  5. Layers-an extremely basic question
    By kelli hayden in forum Adobe Photoshop Elements
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: August 27th, 12:02 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139