Adjustment Layers

Adjustment Layers

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop



Adjustment layers duplicate the function of several menu items. For instance the Levels command is available under the Image>Adjustments menu.

By adding an adjustment layer instead, you have the ability to adjust, remove, fade or change the blending mode setting at any time.


Step One

With an image open in Photoshop, click the Create Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers palette.

Step Two

The Adjustment layer menu displays. Notice that most of the choices have identical names as Photoshop menu items. Select Hue/Saturation from the list.

Step Three

The standard Hue, Saturation and Lightness sliders appear. Move the sliders and note the changes in the image.

Step Four

Select the Colorize checkbox and adjust the sliders.

Step Five

The Adjustment Layer retains your new settings.

Step Six

To make adjustments to your layer, double-click the Adjustment Layer thumbnail.

Adjustment Layer Blending Modes

Adjustment layers can be set to different blending modes to vary the effect.

Adjustment Layer Opacity

To soften the effect of an adjustment layer, change the opacity setting for the layer.


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