Photo editing basics: working with layers

Learn how to use layers in your favourite image editor to improve your photos and add sophisticated effects.

Use Color Selectively

Now let's try making a photo with selective color: Most of the photo will be black-and-white, but it will also contain a splash of color. Open a photo in Photoshop Elements, select the photo with Ctrl-A, and copy it using Ctrl-C. Choose File, New, Image from Clipboard. At this point, the Project Bin should show two identical color images; we'll convert one of them to black-and-white. Choose Image, Mode, Grayscale. Select the image and copy it.

Double-click the color version of the image in the Project Bin to switch to it, and then choose Layer, New, Layer, and click OK. Press Ctrl-V to paste the black-and-white version of the image into the top layer. Now let's add some color. Click the Eraser Tool in the toolbar on the right side of the screen and start erasing. You might need to use the Tool Options toolbar at the top of the screen to adjust the size of the tool. Everywhere you paint with the Eraser, you'll see color bleed through from the bottom layer.

7 of 11

Comments on this image

There are currently no comments for this image.

Post new comment

Users posting comments agree to the PC World comments policy.

Login or register to link comments to your user profile, or you may also post a comment without being logged in.

Related Slideshows

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?