Converting the Background to a Layer in Photoshop | 2-Minute Tips. This two-minute tip shows you how to convert an Photoshop Background Layer into a regular Photoshop Layer.
When you open an image or create a new Photoshop document with a white or colored background, the bottommost layer in the Layers panel is a Background layer. There is only one Background layer in each Photoshop document. Background layers have some unique properties; you can’t change the stacking order of a background layer or change it’s opacity or blend mode. You may wish to convert a Backgound layer into a regular layer in order to change some of those properties.
There are several ways to convert a Background layer to a Photoshop layer. If you click on the lock icon on the Background layer in the Layers panel, it will convert the layer to a regular layer and automatically change the name to Layer 0. You can also double-click on the Background layer in the Layers panel, which will bring up a dialog box where you can name the new layer and set some of it’s properties. Thirdly, you can go to the Photoshop menu bar and select Layer -- New -- Layer from Background. This will also bring up the dialog box that allows you to rename the layer and set some properties such as the blend mode and opacity.
Once you have converted a Background layer to a regular layer you can do all the things that any other Photoshop layer can do including change it’s stack order, opacity or blend mode.
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