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Chapter 6. Working with Layers in Photoshop > Understanding the Layers Palette

Understanding the Layers Palette

The Photoshop Layers palette provides complete control over how layers are organized and displayed. In addition to reordering layers and turning on and off their visibility, the Layers palette enables you to lock various layer characteristics, apply blending modes, and set opacity.

Showing and Hiding Layers

When a layer is named Background (in italics) in the Layers palette, it represents a solid layer. Background layers differ from regular layers in a number of ways: They don't support transparency, no layer can be moved below the Background layer, and by default they cannot be moved. You can convert a Background layer to a regular layer by renaming it in the Layers palette.



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