Rename your layers
It's a very good
idea to rename your layers from Layer 1 or
Layer 2 to something a bit more descriptive.
However, Adobe changed the way to rename
layers in Photoshop 6. In earlier versions,
you could simply double-click on a layer to
open the Layer Properties dialog box (where
you could name and color-code layers); now
you have to hold down the Option or Alt key
while double-clicking. A subtle, but
Creating Layer Sets.
The more layers you have in your document,
the more difficult it is to manage them.
Fortunately, Photoshop now offers layer
"sets," in which you can group contiguous
layers (layers that are next to each other).
To create a layer set, click on the New
Layer Set button in the Layers palette
To add a layer to a set, just drag it on top
of the set. Or, to create a new layer inside
the set automatically, select the set or any
layer within the set (in the Layers palette)
and press the New Layer button. You can
remove a layer from a set simply by dragging
You can move layer sets in the same way you
move layers: just drag them around in the
palette. You can also copy a whole set of
layers to a different document by dragging
the layer set over.
If you have more than one layer set, it's
helpful to color code them: Just
double-click on the layer set's name and
pick a color in the Layer Set Properties
dialog box. You should probably name the
set, too, while you're here (the default
"Set 1" doesn't help identify what's in it).
Watch out, though: If you drag a color-coded
layer out of the set, it still retains its
If you want to move all the layers within a
layer set at the same time, select the layer
set in the Layers palette. This is easier
and faster than linking the layers together.
You can add a layer mask to the layer set
and it'll apply to every layer in the set.
Similarly, locking a set locks every layer
within the set.
Layer sets act almost like a single layer,
so when you show or hide the set, all the
layers in that set appear or disappear.
When you delete a layer set, Photoshop lets
you choose to delete the set and the layers
inside it or just the set itself (leaving
the layers intact).
Unfortunately, you can't apply a layer
effect to a set or use a set as a clipping
Cropping Images to size
With the Crop Tool selected, Click and
Drag over the image.
Release when you've selected the part of the
image you want to keep. Don't worry about
getting it just right, you can always go
back and edit it.
You will have a dashed line with little
squares (selection handles) around the
dashed line. This enables you to edit the
selection by mousing over them and dragging
in either direction to enlarge or decrease
By default, Photoshop will mask out the area
that is not part of the selection. You can
turn this on or off by going up top to the
Options Bar and selecting/deselecting Shield
To rotate move your cursor over one of the 4
corners until you see it change into a
double sided arrow.
Cropping Images to specific size
Better to use the guidelines or use
'fixed size' options in your Marquee
TIP: When using the fixed size option
selection tool, type the value including the
EG: '120px' or 120cm or 120in in
the width and height fields. The result will
actually look like 120 px or
120 cm. Do not add a space when
entering the amount, Photoshop will complete
this automatically. Also works when
Then when the section of your image is
selected, cut and paste into a new file.
Your image will be specific in size and