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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Viewing information in the Layers palette

Viewing information in the Layers palette

The Layers palette displays all layers with the layer names and thumbnails of the images on each layer. You can use the Layers palette to hide, view, reposition, delete, rename, and merge layers. The palette thumbnails are automatically updated as you edit the layers.

In the File Browser thumbnails pane, double-click the 05Start.psd file to open it in Photoshop. (Do not close the File Browser yet.)

If the Layers palette is not visible in the work area, choose Window > Layers.

There are three items listed in the Layers palette for the 05Start.psd file: first Statue, then Doorway, and finally Background. The Background layer is highlighted, indicating that it is the active layer. Notice the layer thumbnails and the icons on the Background layer level.

Use the context menu to hide or resize the layer thumbnail. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) an empty area of the Layers palette to open the context menu, and then select None, Small, Medium, or Large

Use the File Browser again (or choose File > Open) to open the Door.psd file in the Lesson05 folder. Then close the File Browser.

The Layers palette changes to display the layer information and a thumbnail for the Door.psd file. There is only one layer in the Door.psd image: Layer 1.

In the Layers palette for the 05Start file, you saw three icons on the Background layer: a lock icon at the right side of the layer name, an eye icon, and a paintbrush icon. None of these appeared on the other two layers.

  • The lock icon () indicates that the Background layer is protected.

  • The eye icon () indicates that the layer is visible in the image window. If you click the eye, the image window no longer displays that layer.

  • The paintbrush icon () reminds you that the layer is active; that is, that the changes you make will affect that layer only.

For more information, see the “About the background layer” inset, below.



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