Hey everyone, I need an assist with Photoshop CC. I've searched online, watched videos, trial & error'd in PS itself, and I can't seem to find the answer. More than likely I'm not using the correct search terms, so my results aren't landing. I'm usually very savvy with software (I do IT for a living), but PS is giving me fits. So, I'm hoping to get some expert advice from POTN photogs before I pull my hair out.
Simple, really: pretend that you're editing a headshot portrait, and you want to do three things: 1) remove fly-away hairs, 2) whiten teeth, 3) & 4) remove bags from under eyes (one layer for each). How do you do each one as it's own layer?
What I'm doing: first thing I do is create a Background copy, and work from there. From there, I have it in my mind that you create a layer for each of the (4) edits above, so you'd end up with 6 total layers (bg, bg-copy, hair, teeth, eye 1, eye 2). Yet, that isn't going so smoothly...
What I'm encountering: I create another layer from the background, call it "hair", proceed to remove the fly-aways. This is where I hit a roadblock: if I create another layer to edit the next item, no changes are made to the image. I can click/scribble/adjust, but nothing is seen. Why is that? It's frustrating because the only way to move on to the next edit is to merge everything and launch a new layer, but that defeats the whole purpose of "layering".
So the question is: how do I properly make individual, editable "layers" (is this even the right term?), so that each one contains it's own edit, and I can go back to whatever layer and tweak if need be?
Such a basic Photoshop function, if I can just get this sorted I'll be in a really good place. Thanks in advance for any assistance!