Linking Layers in Photoshop CS2
Clive R. Haynes FRPS
|Compared to previous versions of Photoshop, working with 'linked-layers' in CS2 is more complex and less intuitive. The 'complications' do allow for more flexibility, however these 'improvements' not exactly obvious upon first acquaintance.|
|Firstly, for new
starters, why do we wish to 'link' layers anyway? |
The function exists to enable the image on one layer to be 'coupled' with an image, or images on another layer or layers so that they may be moved all together. For example, if you had a composite image that, say, included three people, one per layer, exactly aligned, as you need them, they will remain separate. If you needed to move the three people to a fresh position but retain the individual relationships, you would choose the 'Move ' tool, move each of them individually, then re-align the three. This is obviously time-consuming and inefficient. By 'linking' the three layers, all three can be moved at one time - and the original spatial relationships maintained. This is simple and efficient.
How to make
Once you have decided upon which layers are to be 'linked', click on one the layers to make it 'active' (the layer becomes blue).
select the other layers to be linked, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the
individual layers (these become blue as you click).
You now have two or more layers ready to be linked. With the layers so selected, click on the 'Link' icon at the base of the Layers palette - it looks like a small section of chain. After clicking on the link icon, all selected layers have the 'Link' symbol. The 'linked layers' can now be moved as a body.
| How to de-select
all links: |
Highlight the layers as before and click on the link icon once again at the base of the Layers palette. The 'links' disappear.
|How to deselect
/ remove a link or links: |
Select the required layer(s)
Click on the 'Link' icon at the base of the Layers palette - confusingly all the 'links' disappear. However clicking on one of the layers that should still be linked, reveals the others that remain linked.
|How to temporarily
disable a 'link': |
Shift-click on the 'Link' symbol on layer you wish to temporarily unlink. A red cross appears over the link symbol.
How to re-enable
a 'disabled link':