So welcome to the third one, the Adjustment layer. These layers very often give you a large selection of changes and lots of variations within. Let’s say that you wish to alter the exposure, lightness, contract or colour’s for instance, this is done by adding another layer onto your stack, each designed to complete a specific task. Each time to ask AF to add one of the adjustment layers it gives you a separate dialogue box with corresponding sliders allowing changes to be made via the sliders. Again the changes are made onto a separate layer which can be moved up or down the stack. Each layer combines with the other layers and again the opacity and or ‘blend’ mode can be altered to taste. There really is no end to how many layers you can add but it may be the case that a large amount may slow your work down when saving the ‘history’ etc. Fortunately, each layer comes ready named but as before and you can rename each layer if you wish. So far we have a background layer together with a duplicate copy above. We also added a pixel layer but for this blog I’ve deleted it and added a range of adjustments instead.
Take a look at the screen shots, they show how to locate the adjustment layers form the top menu and, as you can see you can see, I’ve added them to the stack. Remember, you can always turn a layer off, you can alter each layer separately, you can move each layer around in the stack and you can delete a layer by ‘right clicking’ on the layer a chose ‘delete’ or pulling it down to the ‘bin’ icon at the bottom of the panel; by now you are now starting to get control of where you wish to end up in your PP work flow.
The next image show that a range of adjustment layers have been stacked on top of each other and the image is starting show a change of appearance. Remember also that more than one copy of the same adjustment layer can be added and again moved around. By now I hope you can see that YOU have control and not the software. Don’t be afraid to play around, no damage can be done and you can always start again from scratch.
In the next blog I’ll look at the Live Filter layers, see you there.
Terence Jones ARPS
A photography enthusiast with a long and varied interest in taking pictures.
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