Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Image Help Got a problem image? Don't know where to begin? Upload images and ask our users what they think or if they can help

how to adjust one layer without adjusting ALL of them

Thread Tools
Old 07-12-2006, 01:56 PM
artmaker artmaker is offline
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Earth, ir uh, Michigan
Posts: 43
how to adjust one layer without adjusting ALL of them

using CS2, I have an image of a wood grain sign. The wood grain is in multiple layers and under each is an outline I brushed in.
Now... I want to lighten the wood a bit without changing the color of the outline. I tried linking the three wood tone layers together. Then do an adjustment layer. Only the outline layers also get lightened.
Tried turning the eyeball thingy off on those. No different.
I CAN adjust each layer without using the layer adjustment icon at the bottom of the layers by going to it in the meny BUT it's nearly impossible to remember each setting to do the exact same thing three times. AND more important, that can not be easilly edited as when you have an adjustment layer.
Cannot merge these just yet as those outlines have to be where they are in the stack.
I tried making a selection then do the adjustment but that doesn't work either. It still adjusts the whole image.

Any way to ONLY adjust certain layers and not touch others????

Reply With Quote top
Old 07-12-2006, 02:29 PM
Nanls's Avatar
Nanls Nanls is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
I had the same problem not to long ago. See if this works for you.. If you have a mac, hold down the option key while choosing the adjustment layer (I used curves to lighten) and when the dialog window pops up click on "use Previous layer to Create Clipping Mask". When finished, dup the adjustment layer and move it above the other layer you want to adjust. Hold down your option key and click on the line between the adjustment layer and that layer. Repeat as needed. I'm sure there are other ways to do the same thing. Hope this helps.


Last edited by Nanls; 07-12-2006 at 02:33 PM. Reason: spelling
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-12-2006, 02:49 PM
Swampy's Avatar
Swampy Swampy is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The Swamps of Florida
Posts: 4,418
Nan has pretty much hit the nail on the head, but maybe a snap shot will make it clearer.

On the sample below, I only wanted to saturate the middle yellow layer. So I did the saturation above the yellow layer, then "clipped" it to the yellow layer below by Alt or Option clicking on the line that separates the two layers (indicated in red). You'll see the HSB adjustment layer "indent" indicating it only affects the layer directly below. You can still go back and fine tune the adjustment if you need to.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Picture-1.jpg (28.5 KB, 41 views)
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-12-2006, 09:59 PM
artmaker artmaker is offline
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Earth, ir uh, Michigan
Posts: 43

I LOVE these forums!
Thanks to BOTH of you. WHO would have known to click the option key between adjustment layers. SO easy! It worked on one, then I had a bit of a problem getting the next one to adjust without further adjusting the one I just fixed. But gees this is easy. Hold option down on the line and viola!

No red line mind you, I got some double ball icon thingy. I'll have to try this with version CS. (Still have it installed.) Same thing though. Dialog box with a place to check this layer only. COOL!

Man I should have posted this long ago. If you only knew the fenagled ways I had to get around this. Too easy!

(better go write this trick down now!)
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tutorial 05: Converting a Color Image to Black and White grayscale BW DannyRaphael Photo-Art 101 17 05-22-2011 05:55 PM
select shape Peg Hidden Power Support 7 08-29-2004 07:10 PM
Help needed understanding these layers. peejay Photo-Based Art 3 01-16-2004 09:15 PM
Screen, Multiply Explained... dpnew Hidden Power Support 3 12-28-2003 12:46 PM
Isle of Capri Harbor Bill M Photo-Based Art 8 06-27-2003 11:49 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:53 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved