Layer Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

Tips and Tricks
Rename Multiple Layers

  • Double-clicking on a layer name and rename
  • Press the Tab key to advance to the next layer
  • Rename layer
  • Press the Tab key continue to next layer or Press Enter to end

Load Layer as selection

  • Hover cursor over the Layer thumbnail (note the little hand with the pointing finger)
  • Press and hold the Command (note the little marquee next to the cursor)
  • Command and click on that layer thumbnail, the selection outline appears

Two Methods to Copy a Layer

  • 1. Drag layer to Create New Layer Icon at the bottom of the layers panel
  • 2. Press the Command and ā€œJā€ key on the active layer.
  • Note about copying a layer

  • If a selection is active then that selected portion of the layer will be copied.

Copy an Image to a Layer in Another Image

  • On the source image Press Layer->Duplicate Layer
  • In the dialog box select the destination image from the drop down menu
  • Click OK and switch to the destination image

Two Methods to Create Layer Clipping Masks

  • 1. Active the desired layer to be clipped, choose Layers->Create Clipping Mask
  • 2. Hold the Option key and click on the line between the layers

Shortcuts

  • New layer – press Shift Command and the “N” key
  • New layer using a selection – Press Command and the “J” key
  • Group layers – press Command and the “G” key, to ungroup them press Shift Command and the “G” key.
  • Merge all layers – press Command and the “E” key
  • Merge all visible layers, press Shift Command and the “E” key

Shortcuts for Selecting Layers

  • Select the layer below the current layer, press Option and the “[” key
  • Select the layer below the current layer, press Option and the “]” key
  • Select the top layer in your Layers panel, press Option and the “.” key
  • Select the top layer in your Layers panel, press Option and the “,” key
  • Select all the layers between the currently active layer and the top layer, press Option Shift and the “.” key
  • Select all the layers between the currently active layer and the bottom layer, press Option Shift and the “,” key
  • Select every layer except the locked Background layer press Command Option and the “A” key

Shortcuts for Moving Layers

  • Bring to the Front: To move the current layer to the top of the layer stack, press Shift Command and the “]” key
  • Send To Back: To move it to the bottom of the layer stack, press Shift Command and the “[” key
  • Bring Forward: To move the current layer up one slot in your layer stack Command and the “]” key
  • .

  • Send Backward: To move it down one slot, press Command and the “[” key