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Photoshop Layers (Part 1)

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This tutorial will help to build your knowledge about Adobe Photoshop and using layers (among other tools of this program).

  1. Create a new folder in your Communications folder and call it "Power Point Files"
  2. Click on the "Home" button of MHSGraphics.com and then select "Source Files."
  3. Right Click on the "Photoshop Tools 1" link  (under the PowerPoint Files column) and choose "Save As." Save this item to your "Power Point Files" folder for future reference. Continue this procedure for the remaining "Photoshop Tools" links.
  4. Create a new folder in your Communications folder and title it "Layer Exericses." This is where you will store all of your documents for this assignment.
  5. Open Photoshop.
  6. Create a new document that is 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall.
  7. On the Layers panel (located under Window on your menu bar), click on the New Layer button. This will create a new layer.
  8.  Double click on the word "Layer 1"  and rename it as "Circle."
  9.  Right click on the  empty space located next to the word "Layer 1" and select the word "Red" from the drop down menu. This will add a red tab to your layer.
  10. Repeat steps 7 through 9, making a layer for a Square (with a blue tab) and a Triangle (with a green tab).
  11. Select the Circle layer.
  12. Use the Eliptical Marquee tool to draw a circle (this is located oin your Tool bar). You will see the selected area (it sort of looks like little marching ants)
  13. Use the Paint Buckiet (on your Tool bar) to drop red paint inside the circle
  14.  Click on the "Select" from the menu and then cleck "Deselect" (this will deselect the the circle area and your marching ants will disappear)
  15. Select the Square layer
  16. Use the Rectangle Marquee tool to draw a square 
  17. Use the Paint Bucket to drop blue paint inside the square. 
  18. Deselect this area
  19. Select the Triangle layer
  20. Select the Pen Tool on the Tool Bar. Be sure that the Pen Tool is set to "Path" instead of "Shape" on the properties menu at the top of the screen 
  21. Draw a triangle on the Triangle layer. What you will draw will appear to be a simple line drawing of a triange.
  22. Select the "Direct Selection arrow (underneath the pen tool you will see a black arrow. Hold your mouse down and it will bring up the options for either the Select or Direct Select arrow. The white one is the Direct Select arrow).
  23. Right click on the Triangle's "path" that you made with the pen tool and select "Make Selection." This will create a selection around the triangle perimeter.
  24. Use the Paint Bucket to drop green paint in the triangle.
  25. Click on the menu item labeled "Select," then choose "deselect" on the drop down menu.
  26. At the top right corner of your Layers panel, there is a button you need to click on (it looks like a series of three small, horizontal lines). This is where we find the Layers Panel Options. When you have located "Panel Options," click on it.
  27. This brings up the Layer Panels Option box. Here, we need to change the thumbnail size. Set it to the largest picture in the box.
  28. Save this Photoshop document as "Layer Exercise 1 Finished.psd"
  29. Re-save this Photoshop document as "Layer Exercise 1 Finished.pdf" (There should now be two versions: a PSD and a PDF version of this file in your folder).