Quick Tips

Change layer content

If you have an adjustment layer and you've spent some time painting on the layer mask, the last thing you want to do is start all over again if you decide you should have used a different adjustment layer. Instead, go to the Layer menu and from the Change Layer Content submenu, choose the adjustment layer you want to use. The adjustment layer will change, but the layer mask will be preserved.



  1. Houston Brown 22 December, 2009 at 13:50 Reply

    I am not seeing a submenu item called “Change Layer Content” under the main menu item “Layers”. What am i missing.

    Many thanks,

  2. David Rogers 22 December, 2009 at 15:35 Reply

    Its not available in CS4.
    But someone did make a panel for it. Once installed it is accessible from the Windows > Extensions menu.

    Unzip and and put the folder into the Photoshop Folder>Plug-ins>Panels.
    Be sure to restart Photoshop.
    If it doesnt work first time. Close all panels then try. After that you can reopen any panels you want.
    Tested on Mac OS 10.5.8

  3. SilverAtom 22 December, 2009 at 19:35 Reply

    …it appears that “change layer content” is no longer in CS4 and this tip has therefore a ‘recooked’ feel to it.

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