When I'm editing an image, I like to occasionally look back at the original photo for comparison and to see how I like my edits in relation to the way the image looked when I started.
But when working in Photoshop, there's isn't an obvious way to easily preview the original image, especially after you have added multiple layers to the file.
Here is a trick that I use often and that I've found to be pretty handy. To use this trick, it's important to keep the original image on its own layer, untouched, at the bottom of your Layer stack.
With the editing layers added on top of the original image, hiding all of the added layers allows you to see the untouched original. But you don't want to have to hide (and then unhide) each layer individually.
Instead, you can quickly toggle the visibility of the added layers on and off by holding down the Alt key on a PC/ the Option key on a Mac and then clicking on the Visibility icon (the Eye icon) on the layer of your original image. When you do, the original image will show as all of the other layers are hidden.
You can unhide the layers by repeating these keystrokes.
You can also hide the added layers by right-clicking on the Visibility icon and choosing Show/Hide all other layers from the pop-up menu.
You can unhide the layers by repeating the process.
Layers are the driving force behind Photoshop. And, so, knowing how to work with Layers is basic to using either Photoshop and Elements effectively.
In the video below by Deke McClelland, you'll learn all about managing Photoshop layers. It's perfect for anyone who is either starting in Photoshop or looking to hone their Photoshop skills.
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For the last several posts, we have been talking about exposure and how we can use it to creatively change the look of our photos. And in our previous post, we looked at using the aperture settings to change the depth of field of an image.
n the last few weeks we have been talking about exposure and the settings that control it.
In this post, we’ll look at the aperture setting, another of the exposure controls, and see how you can use it to enhance your photos, direct focus onto your subject and give your images a sense of dimension.
In our last post, we talked about shutter speed and how it affects the way motion is portrayed in an image.