Understanding Layers

Get help understanding layers in this free Photoshop layers tutorial lesson.


If you'd like to follow along, you can download our example file.

  1. Open the example file in Photoshop.
  2. Try turning different layers off and on to see the effect.
  3. Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Then use the sliders in the Properties panel to adjust the brightness and contrast.
  4. Try re-ordering layers to see the effect.
  5. Save the image as a PSD file to save your changes. This will preserve all of the layers so you can edit them again later, if desired.
  6. Use the Save for Web feature to export the image as a JPEG. Make sure to adjust the quality to find a good balance between file size and image quality.