Adjustment layers apply color and tonal adjustments to your image without permanently changing any pixels on the original photograph.
The color and tone adjustments are stored in the adjustment layer and apply to all the layers below it.
Rather than making a Levels or Curves adjustment directly on your original image, you can easily achieve the same results on a layer.
Adjustment Layer Advantages
Here are some compelling reasons for using Adjustment Layers:
The three digital editing programs used on this site
each have the ability to add adjustment layers. Each one has a number of different adjustment layers that can be added.
Photoshop - 15 adjustment layers
Photoshop Elements - 11 adjustment layers
Paint Shop Pro - 9 adjustment layers
From my experience (granted it is not the Photoshop Guru level) the most useful and most often used adjujstment layers and their inclusion in the three software packages are as follows:
It is easy to see, then, that Photoshop (full version) has the largest number of useful adjustment layers followed by Paint Shop Pro and then Photoshop Elements.
In practise Photoshop is the most versatile of the three programs followed closely by Paint Shop Pro with Photoshop Elements being the least versatile.
Blending ModesNot only are adjustment layers really, really useful and powerful on their own but there is also the consideration of how they Blend with the layers below them.
Both basic and advanced blending is included with both Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro and only the basic blending is included with Photoshop Elements.
To learn more about adjustment layers included with your digital editor of choice click on the name ...
Paint Shop Pro
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