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Adding and creating Layers to the palette

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 I want to add a layer to the layer palatte, but when I mouse over the add a layer icon it's disabled.
  I have an Adobe 5.5 document that I pasted fonts graffic images. I want to add a different image onto the layer.
  Can anyone teach me how to add layers to the palette so I can create multi layered-images?
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Make sure you are in the right color mode.  To work w/ layers you need to be in either RGB, CYMK, Greyscale, Doutone, or Lab mode.  To change modes (Menu Bar:Image:Mode: ? )  Once you have changed modes you should have no problems making new layers.

A good rule of thumb is to keep every image, shape, and section of text on seperate layers to allow you to easily position and control the contents of the layer w/o the hassel of having to specify which sections or objects of the layer you want to deal w/.  If you are dealing w/ similar objects you may want to merge them onto the same layer as long as they dont overlap each other.

Working in layers can be alittle confusing at first but they are incredibly useful, and a huge time saver.  I couldn't imagine doing work w/o them.  When you are doing work always keep a .psd layered version of your document.  Even if you think you are done working on the file keep a layered version in addition to the final flattened document.  You never know when you will be asked to go back and make changes to a document.  Simply by keeping an extra layered version could save you many hours later.

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 Thanks alot, now I understand layers and can layer images. You were right the color needed to be adjusted.

                david
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