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Quickly view a single layer in a multi-layered file (7/CS/CS2)

Added on Tuesday 27th of March 2007 01:34 am EST


Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


When you want to view just one layer in a multi-layered Photoshop file, you need to turn off the visibility for all but the one layer you want to view. If you only have three or four layers in your file, it isn’t a big deal. But if you have 30 layers in your file, well, that can be a royal pain in the you know what.


To quickly preview just one layer, press [option] ([Alt] in Windows) and click on the layer visibility icon eye located to the left of that layer’s thumbnail. This hides all of the layers except the one you clicked on. Repeat this step to restore visibility to your layers.


A benefit to this shortcut is that if you already have the visibility for some layers hidden, you don’t have to remember which ones those are. When you repeat the step to turn the visibility back on, all of the layers are restored to their previous state, whether they were on or off.


Save your presets or you may lose them! (7/CS/CS2)