Layers is what Photoshop calls them. They are a helpful tool that I use to create my images. I used layers in a few different ways as I was creating this image:
This original looked like this:
When using layers the first step I take is to duplicate the original layer. I then begin my edits on the second layer. What this means is that if my edits go badly, one option I have is just to delete the duplicate layer and go back to the original. In this case on the second layer, I cropped the photo, did a levels adjustment, sharpened it, and then added a photo filter. Once I was happy with my edits I saved it. Because I use Lightroom as a catalog for my photos, when I am in Photoshop, I am actually saving a version to Lightroom. Lightroom also keeps a copy of the original for me. I like keeping a copy of any original that I have edited, because sometimes I go back to the original and edit the photo into another version. This particular version I added to my portfolio at Picfair. The version I posted to Instagram is here:
What do you think of my layered version? In this case I focused on the warm glow of light. I was thinking another direction to go with editing was the cooler blue tones. Do you use layers to edit your photos? Have any related tips you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment below.