Photoshop: Layer Organization Tip & Tricks


This how to video is a primer on the Layers panel and some of the cool and time-saving hotkeys that you have while using layers in Photoshop. Selecting multiple layers, duplicating layers, moving layers around quickly, changing opacity, hiding and unhiding layers, linking layers, and more!

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Let’s not make this too complicated. Details are below. Watch the video if you need to see it all in action.

1. Group, Ungroup Hotkeys

Create Layer Group: Cmd/Ctrl + G
Ungroup Layers: Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + G

2. Hide, Unhide Hotkeys

Hide/Unhide a layer: Cmd + ,
Pro tip: You can select multiple layers and show/hide them all at once with this hotkey.

3. Duplicate a Layer

Duplicate layer: Cmd/Ctrl + J
Pro tip: If you make a selection and then use this hotkey, you will copy just that selected bit up to a new layer.

4. Delete a Layer

Delete a layer: Delete key

5. Layers Panel Navigation

Select layer below: Alt/Opt + [
Select layer above: Alt/Opt + ]
Move layer downward: Cmd/Ctrl + [
Move layer upward: Cmd/Ctrl + ]

6. Opacity/Fill Hotkeys

Change opacity: press any number
Change fill opacity: Shift + any number

7. Add Layer Beneath Current Layer

Hold Cmd/Ctrl while pressing new layer icon.

Hold Cmd/Ctrl while pressing new layer icon.

8. Linking Layers

Select multiple layers, right-click, and choose “Link Layers”

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