The Importance of Layers in Photoshop – Free Quick Guide

“Adobe Photoshop had been kicking around for a while before its developers introduced layers to version 3 in 1994. And it’s fair to say that layers were something of a game-changer!

Learning what layers are and how to use them is crucial to your editing process.” – Jo Plumridge

If you want to challenge your photographic output beyond what you can create inside the camera, then no more exacting words have been spoken than Jo Plumridge’s quote above.

Layering in post-production was one of the most significant advancements in Photoshop history.

Your use of layering opens a creative toolbox that has no boundaries.

There’s even more good news.

You no longer have to be tied to Photoshop.

Other alternatives include Luminar, Aurora, GIMP, and even the mobile phone editing apps Snapseed and Polarr.

My point being, you now have many options.

However, first, you need a basic understanding of how layers work in post-production software.

Jo Plumridge used Photoshop to illustrate the article as it is a flagship product and known worldwide.

But be aware that the principles discussed can be translated into working knowledge for other programs as well.

Here’s what Jo covers:

  • What are the layers in post-production
  • Understanding the layers panel
  • Different types of layers
  • How to start using layers

If the idea of layering in post-processing has you scratching your head, you need to start here!

Photo Credit: Jo Plumridge

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