Unlock the Power of Multiple Layers

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This time of year, I’m always looking for ways to save time. One kid needs a costume made for the madrigal dinner, another needs a craft project planned and prepped for her class holiday party, and yet another needs festive (FESTIVE!?!) cupcakes for the bake sale.

When exactly am I supposed to finish the calendars and photobooks I’ve promised everyone for Christmas?

So today I’m going to share with you a little tip that speeds things up ever so slightly — I call it my Multiple Layers Trick. Why do something to one layer ten times, when you can do it to ten layers one time?

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

This works very well for Text layers:

  • Hold down your Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and in the Layers panel click on the blank area of each layer you want to affect. All the layers will highlight showing they are active.
  • Now go to the Options Bar at the top and change whatever you’d like — the font, the size, the justification or the color. All the layers you have selected will now have those settings.

I find this especially useful when I want to change fonts and I have a lot of text layers, or if I want to change the color of all the text on a page.

This also works well for other things — here’s one of my favorites:

  • Apply a layer style (say, a drop shadow) to one layer.
  • In the Layers panel, Right-click (Mac: Ctrl click) in the blank area on that layer and choose Copy Layer Style from the menu.
  • Now hold down your Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and in the Layers panel click on the blank area of each layer you want to affect. All the layers will highlight, showing they are active.
  • Right-click (Mac: Ctrl click) on any of the highlighted layers and choose Paste Layer Style; the style from the first layer will be applied to all the layers! I use this to apply drop shadows to all the layers that need the same shadow. It saves a ton of time!

Now maybe I can get a layout done before the oven dings… hope you all have an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend, and don’t forget to scrap your blessings!

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Multiple Layers – by Jennifer White
Scrapbook Page: Jennifer White
Paper and Elements: Jennifer White
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

Download a PDF version of this “Unlock the Power of Multiple Layers” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

This works very well for Text layers:

  • Hold down your Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and in the Layers panel click on the blank area of each layer you want to affect. All the layers will highlight showing they are active.
  • Now go to the Options Bar at the top and change whatever you’d like – the font, the size, the justification or the color. All the layers you have selected will now have those settings.

I find this especially useful when I want to change fonts and I have a lot of text layers, or if I want to change the color of all the text on a page.

This also works well for other things — here is one of my favorites:

  • Apply a layer style (say, a drop shadow) to one layer.
  • In the Layers panel, Right click (Mac: Ctrl click) in the blank area on that layer and choose Copy Layer Style from the menu.
  • Now hold down your Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) and in the Layers panel, click on the blank area of each layer you want to affect. All the layers will highlight, showing they are active.
  • Right click (Mac: Ctrl click) on any of the highlighted layers and choose Paste Layer Style; the style from the first layer will be applied to all the layers! I use this to apply drop shadows to all the layers that need the same shadow. It saves a ton of time!

Now maybe I can get a layout done before the oven dings… hope you all have an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend, and don’t forget to scrap your blessings!

Credits:
Tip of the Week: Multiple Layers – by Jennifer White
Scrapbook Page: Jennifer White
Paper and Elements: Jennifer White
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this “Unlock the Power of Multiple Layers” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

One Response

  1. Avinash Pathak
    | Reply

    Thanks,
    Thanks for sharing this.
    I will definitely try this.

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