How to Rename a Layer in Photoshop CS5

You can use layers in Photoshop CS5 to place different image elements on separate layers. This provides you with some flexibility in regard to how you style or edit those elements, as actions performed on an individual layer won’t affect elements on other layers.

But as you add new layers to your image, you will find that it can become difficult to determine what each layer contains. This can result in some frustration where you hide layers to see what is on them. Fortunately Photoshop has a way for you to avoid this confusion by adding custom names to the different layers in your image. Our guide below will show you how to name layers yourself and avoid the problems that arise from vague and useless default layer names.


Renaming a Photoshop Layer

The steps in this article are going to change the name of a layer as it is shown in the Layers panel. You can use any name that you would like, but my typical practice is to use a general description of the object or element that is on that layer.


Step 1: Open the Photoshop file containing the layer that you wish to rename.


Step 2: Click the layer to rename from the Layers panel. If you don’t see the Layers panel, press F7 on your keyboard.

select the layer to rename



Step 3: Click Layer at the top of the window, then click the Layer Properties option.

click layer, then layer properties



Step 4: Click inside the Name field, delete the current layer name, then type the new name that you wish to use for the layer. You can then click the OK button to complete the renaming.

rename a layer in photoshop cs5



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