How to make an adjustment layer for a selection or layer set

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Jurgen Nijhuis, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. I am working on a web design. The header has turned out too dark in
    comparison to the rest of the design, so I want to lighten it. When I
    create an adjustment layer for Brightness/Contrast, it affects all
    layers beneath it in the Layer Panel. That is not what I want, because
    that way the rest of the design is affected. How can I link the
    adjustment layer to the header only? I can not move layers, so the
    layer set for the header must stick on top of the rest. I know I can
    merge the header layer set with the adjustment layer, but I want to
    keep all layers and not merge them.

    Jurgen Nijhuis, Jan 25, 2004
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  2. Jurgen Nijhuis

    wes Guest

    If you have what you want to change on its own layer, just use
    Brightness/Contrast from the menu
    (Image>Adjustment>Brightness/Contrast). It will only work on that layer.
    Unless I am wrong, adjustment levels will affect the entire image. I am
    sure someone will correct that statement if I am wrong.
    wes, Jan 26, 2004
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  3. Jurgen Nijhuis

    edjh Guest

    For a selection use the selection to make a mask on the Adjustment Layer
    (or fill one with black or white as needed).

    For a single layer only, Alt-click on the line between the Adjustment
    Layer and the layer to group them.

    For a Layer set just put an Adjustment Layer inside the set at top and
    change the set's Blend Mode from Pass Through to Normal.
    edjh, Jan 26, 2004
  4. Make adjustment layer. Comm (cntl) - g or Option (alt) - click between
    adjustment layer and the next layer. I'm assuming you're putting the
    adjustment layer directly above the one needing adjustment.


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  5. Jurgen Nijhuis, Jan 26, 2004
  6. Yes, that's correct. But then underlying layers are affected and that
    is exactly what I didn't want :)

    Jurgen Nijhuis
    Jurgen Nijhuis, Jan 26, 2004
  7. Yes! That was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't know the
    difference between Pass Through mode and Normal mode. Cool :)
    Thanks a lot.

    Jurgen Nijhuis
    Jurgen Nijhuis, Jan 26, 2004
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