Quick Tips

Convert a Background Layer to a Regular Layer

Double-click on the name "Background" in the Layers panel, and then click OK, or press Return (PC: Enter) in the New Layer dialog to accept the new name.  Or, even better, you can hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key, double-click on the Background layer's name in the Layers panel and that bypasses the New Layer dialog.



  1. Mike Hoffman 12 August, 2009 at 11:31 Reply

    Or, yet another way: drag the “lock” icon from the background layer to the trash can! Makes sense, in a weird sort of way. Photoshop is so multi-dimensional! mh++

  2. Mike Jenkins 12 August, 2009 at 14:58 Reply

    You can also just drag the lock icon from the Background layer to the trash can and it becomes a regular layer.

  3. Kathy A 12 August, 2009 at 20:15 Reply

    I LOVE the trick of dragging the padlock to the trash!!! It may only save a second or two, but every second counts! 🙂

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