Monday, April 06, 2009

TIP: Unlock the Background layer


Learned a new tip in Boston at Photoshop World....
To unlock the Background layer in Photoshop CS4 you can simply drag the lock icon to the trash. That's a quicker way than the method many people use (double-clicking on the Background layer and renaming it)

9 comments:

Nathaniel said...

Hey Dave,

Didn't know about that one, but what about Alt/Opt + Double clicking the background layer that is my favorite way of getting that job done.

Thanks man!

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave,

Sweet tip, didn't know about that one. I gotta get out to one of these Photoshop Worlds...

I always use Alt/Opt + Double Click to unlock the background while skipping that dialog box. That's my favorite way anyway.. thanks for the tip man!

Nathaniel

cruelphoto said...

I actaully think you can just double click the layer, then hit OK without chaning anything. That also unlocks it =)

john4jack said...

Great tip; incredibly useful.

Harold said...

Doesn't work. I get the circle with the line going through it when I go to drag and the trash is greyed out.

Dave Cross said...

@ Harold: this only works in CS4

JEF said...

Hi Dave...This was a really useful tip. Makes it much easier for simple quick edits.

What I'd really like though, is to change the default way in which Photoshop opens the picture. Instead of having a locked background layer, I want it to automatically duplicate the background keeping the bottom layer as a normal locked background and the top layer and an unlocked duplicate.

Any suggestions for how to accomplish this one?

Dave Cross said...

@ JEF: check tomorrow's blog post :)

Harold said...

Dave

I have CS4 and been fooling around with it today and finally figured it out. I didn't read your tip carefully.
I was dragging the word 'Background" to the thrash and not the lock to the trash.

So feeling really silly right now.

Thanks for the Tip Dave. :-)