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Out of This World Photoshop Tip!

Here is a cool little tip that I got from Scott Kelby a couple weeks ago. I feel I have to share this because it’s one of those tips that is so very simple and so very intuitive that you will kick yourself for not knowing this one already. Some of you may and that’s cool. Anyway, to unlock the Background layer in Photoshop you would have had to go into the Layers panel and choose New Layer from Background or just double-click it and rename it if desired. Well did you know that you can simply grab the padlock icon on the layer and simply drag it to the trash. Voila!!! Layer is now unlocked!! Is that not cool?

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is a education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fl, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since Version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

18 comments on “Out of This World Photoshop Tip!

  1. Like Corey didn’t know that one already? He’s a genius just playing kowtow to the higher authority. I can see it now,
    Hey Corey I got a li’l trick for you.
    Really? What’s that?
    I know how to unlock a background by dragging the padlock icon to the trash. WOW! Holy! Is that not cool? (Thinking to himself – Duh you really think I didn’t know this already Scott?) Thanks Scott gotta share this with the folks! ;-)

  2. Corey… Sorry this is off topic, but I just had to post a comment about your 3-D butterfly tutorial over on the NAPP site. It is killer! Those who do not belong to NAPP are definitely missing some good tips.

  3. wow!!! great tip! did you help invent the photoshop? putang ina grabe ang lupet!! parang 1+1 lang…did you know that ctrl+ alt + del can close it..Amazing!

  4. Nope. I’m right. Double click return is faster. At least with a laptop (I can’t believe I’m even posting anything here much less twice. Sorry. Nice tip.)