Maureen Neuringer | COMD 1162 - Section D030

12 Discussion

Each week you will need to respond to two questions posted. Your response should be a minimum of 150 words for both questions. You should also include at least one response to your fellow students. The responses are a requirement for participation part of your grade.

Question 01 –

Describe how to create a levels adjustment.

Question 02 –

How do you create a merged layer on top of the stacking order?


  1. Baozhen Chen

    1:In order to create different level of adjustment, you would have to go the the channel bar and click on the one that says image then it would see a option where it says adjustments and it would bring up to the option where it gives different type to adjustment that can be done to the layer or the image that was selected. 

    2: A way that can be done to merge layers is by going to the layer tab on the application and selecting the layers that wanted to be merged and then using the keyboard and hold shift and choose the second layer that wanted to be merged in. If you want everything to be merged together, a keyboard shortcut would be holding the command shift E key all together, what it would do is merge all the layers that you wanted that were selected. 

  2. XavierV

    You can make level adjustments by selecting layer then new adjustment Layer then Levels from the Photoshop menu. The reason we apply the levels adjustment as a new layer rather than directly to the image is that it’s non-destructive.

    To merge a selected few layers in your document, you can hide the layers you don’t want to combine and select a pixel layer as your base. Then, go to Layer press Merge Visible, or choose Merge Visible from the Layers panel’s menu, or press Shift-Cmd-E

  3. Paulina Guadalupe

    1. To create a levels adjustment you need to first go into the layers panel, and click on the split black and white circle icon at the bottom of it. This is the option to create and adjustments layer. After clicking on it, theres a pop up menu listing several kinds of adjustments layers you can make, select levels. 
    2. Creating a merged layer on top of the stacking order in photoshop doesn’t require much. In the layers panel select any or all layers to merge, this can be done by clicking on the layers while holding the Shift button. Once the layers are selected, right click on them and go down the drop down menu to “Merge layers”, the keyboard shortcut on PC is Ctrl + E, on Mac it’s Cmd + E. After this, the layers you selected will be a singular merged layer. Before doing this, backing up those separate layers is a must. Merging layers flattens them and makes them impossible to change later without undoing.
  4. phillipr04

    1. To make level adjustments in Photoshop, first open the image you want to adjust. Then go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. You’ll see a histogram that shows the tonal range of the image. You can adjust the levels by moving the sliders for the black point, white point, and midtone. Dragging the black slider to the right will darken the shadows, while dragging the white slider to the left will lighten the highlights. You can also adjust the midtone slider to control the overall brightness of the image. Once you’re happy with the adjustments, click OK to apply them.
    2. To create a merged layer on top of the stacking order, first select all the layers you want to merge by clicking and dragging over them in the Layers palette. Then, right-click on any of the selected layers and choose “Merge Layers” from the context menu. This will combine all the selected layers into a single layer that will be placed on top of the other layers in the stacking order.
  5. cesarb

    Question 1: To create a levels adjustment on photoshop, first you have to go to the adjustment layer tab in the layers panel. Near the + icon to add more layers, there will be a black and white half circle icon. Clicking on that will display a drop down menu, and from there, you have to click on the Levels option. Opening that will display a histogram of the image’s tonal range. There are three sliders, a black, white and gray one. Moving them around will control the darkest, lightest, and mid-tones of the image.

    Question 2: To create a merged layer on top of the stacking order on Photoshop, you will first have to select all the layers you want to merge be visible. Next you will select all layers you want to merge together by holding the shift key. Then, to merge, you can right click and it will give you the option to merge all the layers, or command + shift + E or Ctrl+Shift+E.

  6. Adaliat Iusupova

    In Photoshop, there is a tool panel located on the left side of the screen which includes an icon resembling a half circle. Hovering over this icon will reveal a drop-down menu containing various adjustment options for your layers. One such option is the “Levels” adjustment, which can be selected by clicking on it.

    Once you have selected the layers you wish to merge by holding down the shift key and selecting them, there are a couple of ways to combine them. You can either right-click on the layers and choose “Merge Layers,” or you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command + E” on a Mac or “Ctrl + E” on a PC. Both methods will merge the selected layers into a single layer.

  7. Lindsey Perez

    Question 1: Creating a Levels adjustment involves a few steps. First, open the image you want to adjust. Then, click on the “Adjustment Layer” button in the Layers panel and select “Levels” from the drop-down menu. This will open the Levels adjustment panel, which displays a histogram of the image’s tonal range. To adjust the tonal range of the image, drag the black, gray, and white sliders in the Levels panel. The black slider controls the darkest tones, the white slider controls the lightest tones, and the gray slider controls the mid-tones. You can also adjust individual color channels by selecting a specific channel from the “Channel” drop-down menu. When you are satisfied with your adjustments, click “OK” to apply the Levels adjustment to your image. Using a Levels adjustment layer allows for non-destructive edits, which can be easily adjusted or removed at any time, making experimentation and complex edits easier and more manageable.

    Question 2: To create a merged layer on top of the stacking order in Adobe Photoshop, first, ensure that the layers you want to merge are visible and selected in the Layers panel. Next, hold down the “Shift” key and click on the top layer in the panel to select all layers between the top layer and the layer at the bottom of the stack. Once you have selected the layers, press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Shift+E” on a Windows PC or “Command+Shift+E” on a Mac, or go to the Layers panel menu and choose “Merge Visible” or “Flatten Image”. The merged layer will then be created at the top of the Layers panel, above the layers that were merged. It’s important to note that merging layers is a destructive action, so it’s always recommended to keep a copy of the original layers in case you need to make changes later on. Merging layers can help simplify your Layers panel and reduce file size, which is especially helpful when working with complex or large files.

    • cesarb

      I agree with your explanation.

  8. Nahida Akhter

    Question 01 –

    Describe how to create level adjustment.

    To create different level adjustment, first you can go on top of your screen and click on where it says Image. When clicking on the image you should see an option where it says ‘Adjustments’. And then a whole drop down menu will show you so many options to adjust and many different levels of adjusting. 

    Question 02 –

    How do you create a merged layer on top of the stacking order?

    So the way to create a merged layer on top of the stacking layer is to select all  the layers you want to merge. Then, you  click on the shift key and select layers that are wanted. Later you should use the command key, shift key, and E key all at once. Then it will combine and merge all the layers that were selected.

  9. Melissa

    In order to use the levels adjustments in photoshop you’ll need to go to various options tab on the right of the screen. You’ll later see an adjustments tab. Click on it and in doing so other options will appear. Click the second one right next to the brightness adjustment and from their you’ll have the level adjustment ready to use. This works but sliding the back or white arrows on the bottom of the tab. This will play with the brightness and darkness of the display entirely.

    The way to create a merge layer while stacking is by collecting all layers you would like to merge. In order to do this just click on shift key and select layers desired. Then you will use the command, shift, and E key all together. This will merge the layers selected.

    • Nathaly

      I liked how clear and concise your words are. I think you did a great job at explaining the topic and choices to your audience with simple terminology and great attention to detail.

  10. Jabez Brisueno

    When you’re in photoshop, at the bottom of the menu on your left, you’ll see a icon that looks like a half circle, when you hover over that button, it will put up various adjustments that you can add to your layers. In this scenario, you’ll want to click on levels. From there you can play with the sliders to adjust the grays, blacks, and whites in an image.

    When you’ve selected each layer you want put together by holding shift and fetching the layers, you can either right click and press merge layers or use the shortcut command + E or ctrl + E based on your device.

    • Melissa

      Good explanation, you used another method to get to the layers adjustment good to know. I just mentioned on clicking the layer that says adjustments on the left screen. It does the same thing it get to where you want. Also on the adjustment tab it has other more options to adjust your work to your desire.

    • Nahida Akhter

      I really liked how you explained very well and was easy to understand the instructions. Nice job going in depth on how to do the adjustments.

  11. Nathaly

    Question 01- Open your image in Photoshop, then select the “Layers” tab on the left side of your screen. In the drop-down option that appears when you click on the adjustment layer icon, choose Levels. Move the black, white, and gray sliders to change the image’s shadows, highlights, or mid-tones. The output levels can also be changed to set the black-and-white points. After that, you can click OK to apply the levels adjustment to your image until your happy with it.

    Question 02- When you choose all the levels you wish to combine by clicking on each layer in the levels panel. Hold down the Ctrl or Command keys, then Photoshop will add the combined layer on top of the stacking order. You can right-click on any of the selected layers to bring up the context menu, and then select “Merge Layers” from there. As a result, a new layer will be added at the top of the layer stack, a merged copy of every selected layer. You can rename this layer by double-clicking on its name in the Layers panel and typing in a new name.

    • Jabez Brisueno

      I like how you explained what changing the sliders will do to affect the image, such as use of highlights and mid-tones. This make’s it easier to understand compared to just saying gray and white or black.

    • Lindsey Perez

      I completely agree with the statements made in both questions about working with adjustment layers and merging layers in Photoshop. The explanations provided are clear, concise, and easy to follow, which makes it easier for anyone to understand and apply the techniques in their own work. It’s great to see that they also included helpful tips like changing the black and white points when adjusting levels, and the option to rename the merged layer for better organization. I appreciate how the concepts were explained in a way that is informative.

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