I recently downloaded the trial version of Photoshop Cs5. I haven't had many problems and I like it a lot except for ONE thing! I cannot figure out how to blend layers! When I upload my first layer (my image) it shows in the layers palette. But when I upload my second layer (texture) it not only jumps on top of my first layer in the layers palette, but it ALSO jumps on top of my first layer (the image) in the work area. I have watched a lot of the Photoshop tutorials and I've noticed that when they upload their second layer it shows SEPARATELY from the first image in the work area. They then click on the second layer and drag it over onto the first layer and then they are ready to start working on blending. For the fact that my second layer jumps on top of my first layer in the work area like it does, I am not able to follow along with the tutorials! I have also tried and tried to figure out how to manage to blend by trying lots of techniques and options in the program but nothing will work. I use textures and depend on blending A LOT with my editing so this has been very discouraging! I have used other editing programs and usually with them, after you duplicate your first layer and then upload another you are able to blend with no problem. So I do not understand this at all! You can even blend with no problem by duplicating your first layer in Photoshop Elements 10.
If someone could help me with this, it would be MUCH appreciated! Thank you!
Hi and welcome to the forum
How are you brining the Texture layer in? It usually sits on top of the underlying layers with the Place cross on it. If it is loading as a seperate file then
Select all Ctr/Cmd a
Copy Ctrl/Cmd c
Go to you other image and paste it at the top of the stack Ctrl/Cmd v
Then you can scroll through the Blend modes and adjust opacity to suite.
BTW If I have misunderstood your question, then I am sorry, but cramming it into one paragraph like that makes it hard to follow, and is probably the reason why it took so long to get a reply.
No, you seem to have understood me very well! The thing is, I have used Photoshop, but I'm not a professional with Photoshop and with some parts of the program it can be very confusing and hard to understand! I'll try to be a little more precise!
When I open Photoshop Cs5, I click on "open" in the File menu to bring in my image into the work area. Once I do that, it appears in the layers palette. I then go to File and click "open" again to bring in my texture (to blend with my image). The texture jumps right on top of my image in the layers palette and it ALSO jumps on top of my first layer in the work area. (I have made sure to "unlock" my layer in the layers palette.) In the tutorials, when they open their second layer it comes in as separate from the first layer in their work area. So, therefore, I have been unable to follow along with the tutorials.
*Is the second layer (the texture) supposed to lay on top of the first layer in the work area??* It certainly doesn't by what they show in the tutorials on Photoshop Cs5! They show it coming in as separate from the first layer in the work area.
When you say "Select all Ctr/Cmd a" what exactly do you mean?? Sorry! Like I said, I'm not completely amateur, but I'm no professional either! And compared with those who have used Photoshop for a very long time, yes, I'm probably a dumby!
I think I have an idea of what you mean and I'm going to try it.
Thank you so much for your time and help! I can certainly use all the help I can get! With layering anyway.
I think you're confusing layers and tabbed images.
Opening a second image does not place it as a layer in the first document, but if you have tabbed images turned on it will open over the top of the previous image (not the same thing as layers).
If you want to open each image in a separate window, turn off tabbed documents in preferences.
You can also drag your texture image in from a file folder and it will be Placed over your currently live document in Photoshop. Just press the Enter key to commit it. Then you can experiment with Blend mode and Opacity.
Ctrl/Cmd is a catch-all for Windows (Ctrl) and Mac (Cmd) We don't always know what system a person is using.
One other tip:
When you drag images to Photoshop, if you want to open them as separate documents drag them specifically to the EDGE of Photoshop, not into the work area.
If you drag an image to the work area, it will be placed atop the image already there.
Thank you all for your help! What you have said has enlightened me a lot! Still having some difficulty though! Mr Cox; I did go to Preferences and turned off tabbed documents. After that, when I opened up my second layer (texture) it did come in as separate from my first layer (image) in the work area. I dragged the second layer over the top of the first layer but I still can't seem to figure out how to blend them..... When I try to use the opacity a transparency just keeps showing up.... I think what I am needing to do is get both these layers showing as separate in the layers palette... And I haven't a clue as to how to do that! I've been sitting here trying all sorts of things but nothing works. I have clicked on "Blending Options" but nothing there works.
I have noticed one interesting thing though and that is when I click and drag my texture over the image in the work area and begin placing it there, it does show blending. But once I let go, the blending disappears. If you could lead me step by step (run me through) on blending them once laying the second layer on top of the first in my work area, I'd appreciate it much! I have the idea that it just takes certain simple steps, and being a novice like I am, of course I'm ignorant of these simple steps.
Trevor; Yes, that sounds like a great idea, wish I had thought of that! I understand exactly what you're saying. I am definitely going to try that. Just hope it works with trying to blend once I place the texture over my image!
Noel; Ok, I see what you are saying; I will remember that!
THANKS everybody and I will probably be back in touch!