Look at the Layers Palette

The layers palette shows the status for all the layers in your image.

As illustrated, the background layer is always labeled background. It is a special type of image layer. It must always be the bottom layer, cannot have a mask, and is, therefore entirely visible.

Each image layer has its own thumbnail displayed to the left and any associated mask to the right, not all image layers have an associated mask.

The Active layer is the currently selected layer. Any edits you make apply to the Active layer.

Each Adjustment layer has icon representing the type of adjustment displayed to the left and its associated mask to the right, by default all adjustment layers have an associated mask.

Layer masks Adjustment layers Active layer "Eye"con Image layers Background layer

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The eyeball to the left of each layer is often called the "eye-con." Click it on or off to make visible or invisible its effect on its respective image layer. [al§/Q+click on the eye-con for any layer and the effects on the image of all the other layers become invisible. ^aJm/^Q+click again and the effects of all the other layers become visible again.

Many readers of this book may already be comfortable working with layers. But if you want more practice with layers, visit the web site and download lesson, "Starting with Layers."

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