When I say I am editing on different layers, this is what I do: I click on the background photo and hit control J which copies the background layer. Then I make my edits on Moms face and while I am still on that layer, I hit control J again and then I make my edits on Dads face. It works doing it that way except that you can't go back and change any of those edits. Is this the correct way of doing this?
I have just been kind of winging it and I think I am doing things the hard way.
Hmm... yes, this is an unusual way to go about editing. I thought when you said you were using layers that you were talking about adjustment or mask layers. This is how graphic designers do "non-destructive" editing. It seems that you intuitively want to do non-destructive editing, but you are actually doing destructive editing on a copy. This is why you couldn't see edits you were making - your copied layer was covering the layer you were editing. If you turn off that top layer's visibility, you can see that you actually were making edits. However, I would not edit in this manner.
You can google for "photoshop non-destructive editing" or "photoshop adjustment layers". Also check out YouTube videos on the subject.
I was hoping you would comment on this, Linda - very interesting and what you say makes perfect sense.
I think adjustment layers are what I was thinking about, but I don't know how to do that!
I was going to say that's never happened to me, but then realized I rarely use File>Open ---- except now that I've discovered the "Favorites" trick. THEN, I remembered that has happened to me after marking a photo as a "favorite" it didn't show in File>Open although previously tagged ones did.
I think I got it to work if I closed photos and opened it again, then the photos showed? Can't remember, maybe it was PSE I closed?
Now I'm thinking that what I thought was me maybe was the program!
I remember thinking it was almost like Photos didn't recognize that I'd tagged those Favorites until I reset it.
Maybe what you're experiencing is the same sort of thing and you could try closing Photos once you upload and then see if they then show in FIle>Open?
But, for sure it's silly to have to go through all that. It was easy before to drag and drop directly from iPhoto right into PSE. It may be progress, but I was much happier with iPhoto over Photos.
I don't know if this is much help at all, I'm just kind of thinking out loud.