The layer palette is one of the most important
components of PSP. There is NO project which we do not use it.. so
understanding it is very important. It is best to leave it open at
all times. F8 on your keyboard toggles it on and off.... In this
short tutorial I will attempt to help you understand it better..
Below I have named all the buttons on the palette. Most are self
explanatory. When working on a project or a tutorial you will
notice it always talks about layers...This is how we build our
tags.. by 'piling layers on top of layers' It helps to put every
thing on its own layer that way we can move each around separately
and effect them as such...
Of the 7 buttons on top of the layer palette the
first one is used most... the ADD A NEW LAYER button... Each layer
will have the EYE for hiding that layer with the red X or on.. the
opacity.. or transparency of that layer is next...at the end of that
100 is a slider bar you can pull to left.. to effect the opacity...
next is the blend mode..
Here are the options for blend mode control...each
choice renders that layer with a totally different look... HANDS ON
is best here to see for your self.. how each one will affect that
Below here...if you will look on the layer palette
I have the bottom background layer and on top a Raster 1 layer..
which is the daisy layer. if you right click on that top layer on
the palette.. then go up to RENAME. you can type a name for the
layer.. where the words Raster 1 use to be.
Also by right clicking you can go to duplicate and
that layer will be duplicated.
Below I show you I duplicated the daisy layer..
and hid the top daisy.. then applied an effect on that bottom daisy
There are SO MANY things you can do to any
graphic/tube.. Below I have duplicate the daisy layer 2 times.. the
original one is the white daisy... then I colorized another daisy..
to blue.. then applied some plugin effects on the one that has a
rainbow color effect on it.. then the top two layers on the layer
palette I put on multiply mode.. which made them look see though..
just experiment... all you can.... the effects you can come up with
are ENDLESS... that's just with the effects that come with PSP..
then when you added a bunch of plugins/filters to the mix.. oh
wow......GO GO GO lol....... so its only as limited as your
Have fun experimenting...