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How to perfectly align stacked layers in Elements 9

Nov 11, 2011 7:10 AM

If I drag-and-drop one layer on top of another, how can I make sure they are perfectly aligned?  Do I need to use the "shift" key while dragging and dropping?




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    Nov 11, 2011 3:33 PM   in reply to dtspin3333


    If you're working on the same image, they remain aligned.



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    Nov 11, 2011 5:45 PM   in reply to dtspin3333

    The same thing works for photoshop elements.

    If you want to make sure of the alignment, change the blend mode to difference after you drag and drop the photo.

    If the image on the screen is solid black then it's perfect, if you see colors then the alignment is off where ever you see the colors.


    Instead of dragging and dropping each image you could just use the place command. (File>Place)




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    Sep 14, 2013 4:08 PM   in reply to dtspin3333

    I did not find the Shift key to auto align images in Photoshop elements 10 and there is not Edit > Auto Align so I started to get frustrated. Then I remembered that when you create a panorama it aligns all the layers for you and keeps them as layers!!...unlike the scene cleaner and other automated tools that were included.


    So your answer. Do New > Photomerge Panorama. You'll notice that it masks out pretty much 100% of your other photos but you can remove some of the mask and see that your photos are aligned. You might need to adjust the position of one of photos slightly but it gets you pretty dang close if not perfect on the first shot.


    Hope that helps!

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