Adding a layer to an image in Photoshop CS5 is as easy as clicking a few buttons. You can have a very high number of layers in one image in Photoshop, and they are so useful as a means to separate image elements that it is easy to add an excessive amount of layers. You may find yourself in a situation where you want to see how your picture looks without the elements that are included on one layer, or you might be saving multiple versions of an image, and one of those versions needs to be saved without a layer. You might have considered deleting the layer, performing the save action, then undoing the layer deletion, which would be a perfectly acceptable solution. However, you run the risk of a program error or crash accidentally closing your image and you losing the layer that was deleted. You have another option, which you can execute by learning how to hide a layer in Photoshop CS5. It is the simplest and best way to remove a layer from an image without losing the data contained in the layer.
Hiding Photoshop CS5 Layers
By using the method described in this tutorial, you will be able to take an image with multiple layers, select a specific layer, then hide that layer from view. The layer and everything contained within it will still be accessible, but the layer will not show until you choose to unhide it. This is a good solution for testing changes to your image without deleting or losing image elements that you may have spent a lot of time working on.
Begin by opening your image in Photoshop. You will need to use the Layers panel for this exercise so, if it is not visible at the right side of the window, press the F7 key on your keyboard to display it.
Click the layer on the Layers panel that you want to hide.
Click Layer at the top of the window, then click the Hide Layers option.
You will note that command includes the plural of the word “Layer”, which means that you can choose to hide multiple layers at once. This can be accomplished by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard as you click each layer on the Layers panel that you want to hide.
Additionally, you can also quickly hide a layer by clicking the eye icon at the left side of the layer that you want to hide.
You can restore or unhide a layer at any time by clicking the empty box where the eye icon used to be.
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