Tutorial for adding layers & semi-transparent text in Photoshop

Skill Level: Beginner / Views: 635 / System Requirements: Photoshop

This is a very simple beginner's tutorial basicly aimed at the non-digital artist who wishes to add copyright information to photos of their work to post on the web.I was asked to do this tutorial by my life drawing professor and it may be helpful to other students in my class who are not at all familiar with Photoshop.This tutorial will teach you how to add a new layer to your image, how to add text and introduce you to the layer palete as well as layer styles. I hope it is useful to all the traditional artists out there who are intimidated by Photoshop! :-)

Detniat on 10:02PM Wed, 11 February 2009

Opening the file & adding a new layer

Once you have a photo of your image saved to your computer, simply open Photoshop & Open the file by going to FILE > OPEN & browsing to the location of your image on your hard drive.

Once it is opened in PS, go up to LAYER > NEW > LAYER. This will add a new transparent image to the layer which you can view on your layer palete.

Note: It helps if you rename your layers. You can change the name of the layer by double left clicking on the text (example: where it says "Layer 1" or "Layer 2" in the above screen shot) so that you are able to better identify which layer is which. (Example: Layer 1 is the layer my image is on, I could name it "background" or "image" and then I know not to add new elements to that layer. 

Tutorial Comments

ElusiveAngel  8:21AM Sat, 04 April 2009

I knew how to add the text but struggled with the opacity, this was helping. Thank you so much.

Katraz  6:22AM Sat, 21 March 2009

Great to see it done the easy way,this will help a lot. Thanks