3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2013 11:54 AM by R_Kelly RSS

    How do you find channel tab?

    pigeon girl

      I am trying to find the channel tab in PHotoshop Element 11 to find the alpha layer for my .dds image. A tutorial i'm following that a private user has posted on the web, in there version of photoshop it shows a channel tab as well as the layers but in my version 11, it shows the layers but not the channels. Does anyone know how to access channels in the 11 version? Thanks.


      Pigeon girl

        • 1. Re: How do you find channel tab?
          MichelBParis MVP

          There is no channel tab in Elements, you need the full version of Photoshop CS.

          Depending on what you want to achieve, you can work with layers and the levels adjustments in Elements to get greyscale layers for each channel.

          In the levels dialog you can select channels : set the output of the non selected channel to 0 - 0 instead of 0 -255 (bottom slider). For instance, if you want the green channel, you can neutralize the red and blue channels. The resulting green component may be set to greyscale (Shift + Ctrl U).

          • 2. Re: How do you find channel tab?
            pigeon girl Community Member

            Thanks very much. I will give this a try and see if i can figure it out.

            • 3. Re: How do you find channel tab?
              R_Kelly Community Member

              Are you trying to add an alpha channel or see one that is already there?


              If the channel is there already.

              You could  go to Select>Load Selection of the channel with Invert checked, make a new blank layer, Edit>Fill Selection>Black and then Select>Deselect.

              (the channel may be of another name besides Alpha 1)


              Now add a white fill layer below and that should be a representation of the channel in the layers panel.



              Maybe if we knew the gist of the tutorial your following, we could give more specific advice


              Message was edited by: R_Kelly