Chapter 10: Using the Add New Image Layer Command

The Add Image command is a useful way to add one image on top of another when using the Luminar Flex. There are many possible reasons to do this, including design and technical. We’ll explore four uses for this effect

Loading a Texture Layer

The use of texture layers is quite a useful way to stylize an image.  You can use the Add Image command to place a texture above a photo.

  1. Click the + symbol at the top of the Layers panel and choose Add New Image Layer….

  2. Navigate to a texture layer on your hard drive and click the Open button to add the file to your document.  The layer is automatically named with the filename of the selected file.

  3. To scale the texture, right-click on its thumbnail and choose Image Mapping.

  4. Select one of the three mapping options.

    1. Fill — distorts the image to fill the screen

    2. Scale to Fit — enlarges the image to fit the screen

    3. Fit — adjusts the width or height to fit within the frame

  5. Click the Blend menu to change the Blending mode for the Texture layer.

  6. Drag the Opacity slider to refine the blending of the two layers.

Remember, a texture must be an external file. As you adjust the blend mode and opacity of the texture layer, it will create many different creative effects. Each mode will have a different impact on your image based on the type and opacity you choose. Adding a texture to your image can dramatically change the look and feel of your work, plus you may want to use a brush to apply the texture only in specific areas of your image.

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