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How to Unlock a Layer in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Do you want to know how to unlock a layer in Photoshop? Or maybe you need to know how to use the lock layer Photoshop tool? Today, I'm going to show you all the possible methods to lock or unlock layers.

What You'll Learn in This Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to unlock the background layer in Photoshop
  • How to use the Unlock Image Photoshop shortcut
  • How to lock a layer in Photoshop
  • How to use the Multiple Lock Layer Photoshop shortcut

1. How to Unlock the Background Layer in Photoshop

Step 1

To unlock the background layer in Photoshop, you need to open your image and then Left-Click on the Lock Icon background layer.

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Step 2

You can also Double-Click on the background layer to Unlock and Rename it at the same time. 

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2. How to Use the Unlock Image Photoshop Shortcut

Let's say you have a Photoshop document with a locked layer. To unlock it, you can click on the Lock Icon in the Layers panel or press Control-/.

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3. How to Lock a Layer in Photoshop

If you need to lock a single layer in Photoshop, you can do it the same way with the Control-/ keyboard shortcut or by using the Lock Icon.

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4. How to use Multiple Lock Layer Photoshop Shortcut

If you need to lock/unlock multiple layers at once, you need to select the layers and then use the Shift-Control-/ shortcut. After that, select what you want to Lock/Unlock and press OK.

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Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

Today you've learned how to unlock a layer in Photoshop in a few simple ways. I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial.

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