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You can save yourself many hours of work If you begin most photoshop projects by duplicating the Background layer.

The Background layer is the bottommost image in the Layers palette, and the only layer when you first open a new photograph.

Duplicating the background layer allows you to work on the image without altering the original. You can rename the copy and then experiment with various photoshop techniques on that layer. You can easily delete the copied layer and your original image remains open and unchanged.

Working on a duplicated Background layer also makes it easy to continuously compare your modified image with the original.

Click the Visibility icon, the leftmost box next to the layer thumbnail in the Layers palette, to hide the original Background layer while you work on the copy.

To compare your original image with the original, click in the box to turn on the visibility icon for the copy layer to turn off.

To Duplicate The Background Layer

a: Open an image in photoshop.

b: In the Layers palette, click and drag the Background layer thumbnail over the New Layer icon and release the mouse.

photoshop places a duplicated Background layer over the original.

c: Double-click the Background copy name to highlight it.

d: Type a new name

e: Click the Visibility icon next to the original Background layer. The icon disappears but the image on the screen does

not change.


There are many ways to fix photos in photoshop. In fact there are multiple ways of doing almost any project in this powerful application. The techniques you use depend on your photo and your time.

When you scan an older photograph, the resulting image maybe faded or the colours may appear washed out. You can fix the colour and increase the contrast using a variety of methods and photoshop tools, and for many photographs, you must work on the images for a while to restore them.

The quick-fix method is simply a beginning step. You can use it for photos that you do not plan to enlarge or for imagesthat you want to reprint but are not worth the multiple hours of work. This method on some images and not others, but because it is so easy and fast, it is always worth a try. In any case, you are testing the technique on a layer abovethe original image, so you can always delete the new layer or use it with a different technique later.


1: Open a faded photo or scan of an old photo in photoshop.

2: Create a duplicate of your Background layer and rename.

Note: To create a duplicate of your Background layer..... SEE ABOVE.

3: Click the Layer blend mode up-down to arrow and select Multiply. The photo appears much darker.

4: Click the Opacity setting arrow and lower the opacity slider until your image improves. Compare the before-and-after image.

5: Click the Visibility icon on the top layer againto turn it back on.


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