Sometimes a Photoshop CS5 image can get very complicated. You might have many layers in your image that each serve a specific purpose in achieving your envisioned design. However, the over utilization of layers to achieve a single effect can lead to an inordinate amount of layers, and you might decide to delete one to remove the alterations it made to the overall image. This is a good example of why layers are helpful in Photoshop, because it allows you to delete an object or effect without then needing to recreate an element or style that you did not intend to delete. Follow the tutorial below to learn how to delete a layer from a Photoshop CS5 image.
Removing a Layer in Photoshop CS5
Layers are essentially separate images unto themselves. In fact, you can even export Photoshop layers as their own images if you so desire. Photoshop just gives you the means to stack images that might be separate sizes form one another, then adjust each image’s transparency and style to achieve an overall effect for a single image. But in the course of creating an image, some attempts will work, while others will fail. If something on a layer does not work and you want to delete it, you can do so using the following method.
Step 1: Open the image with the layer that you want to delete in Photoshop CS5. If your Layers panel is not visible at the right side of the window, press F7 on your keyboard to display it.
Step 2: Click the layer that you want to delete in the Layers panel so that it is highlighted in blue. You can select multiple layers by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
Step 3: Click Layer at the top of the window, click Delete, then click Layer. Note that you can also right-click the layer, then click Delete layer to achieve the same result.
Step 4: Click Yes on the pop-up window to confirm the deletion of the layer.
if you decide that you prefer the look of the image with the deleted layer, you can press Ctrl + Z on your keyboard to undo the deletion.
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