You might think that the same logic applies both ways; if we can convert a Background layer into a normal layer by renaming it something other than "Background", then we should be able to convert a normal layer into a Background layer by renaming it "Background". Normally, when we delete pixels on a layer, the deleted area becomes transparent, allowing us to see through it to the layer s below. Let's see what happens, though, when I try to delete part of the Background layer. No matter how I try, I will never be able to delete the area inside the center of the frame as long as the image remains on the Background layer. In fact, this time, it looks like nothing has happened at all.
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Again, the reason is because the Background layer must always remain the background of the document.
Photoshop Layers – The Background Layer
What if we want to convert a normal layer into a Background layer? Note, though, that you don't technically need to select the bottom-most layer in your document because any layer you convert into a Background layer will automatically be sent to the bottom as soon as you convert it:.
The bar tells us where the layer will be moved to when we release the mouse button:. Normally, we can change a layer's blend mode, which changes how the layer blends with the layer s below it.
But instead of deleting the area and replacing it with transparency as we'd expect on a normal layer, Photoshop mysteriously pops open the Fill dialog bacoground, asking me to choose which color I want to fill the area with:. Why is it still filled with white?
For Photoshop CS5 and earlier, you can follow along here or you can check out the original version of this tutorial. In fact, this time, it looks like nothing has happened at all. Both are grayed out when the Background layer is selected, and that's because they both adjust the layer's transparency level. And we learned that the Background layer must always remain the bottom layer in the document.
The reason it won't let me drag the Background layer above Layer 1 is because the Background layer must always remain the background of the document.
Let's see what happens, though, when I try to delete part of the Background layer.
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We can move the contents of the layer with the Move Tool, we can delete anything on the layer and replace it with transparency, and we can freely move the layer above or below other layers! All I've done at this point is placed limits on what I can do with it.
There's a few more things we can't do with the Background layer that we'll look at quickly. Photoshop keeps filling the selection xdobe color, but what we need is transparency. The reason is because Background layers don't support transparency.
So far in our series on Photoshop layerswe've learned the basics of what photoehop are and why they're so important, and we've learned the essential skills for working with layers inside Photoshop's Layers panel.
We learned that the Background layer does not support transparency, so there's no way to delete anything on the layer.
One of the things we can't do with a Background layer is move its contents. Okay, so we can't move the Background layer above another layer. But before we get into more of the amazing things we can do with layers, there's one special type of layer we need to look at, and that's the Background layer.
I'll undo my last step cutting the selection by going up to the Edit menu and choosing Undo Cut Pixels:. It's a bit tough to see in the screenshot, but a selection outline now appears around the edges, letting me know the area inside the frame is selected:. Normally, to move the contents of a layer, we grab the Move Tool from the top of the Tools panel:.
The background is, after all, the background. All you'll end up with is a normal layer that happens to be named "Background". Why won't Photoshop simply delete the area inside the frame? backgrouns
To rename the Background layer, you could go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen, choose Newand then choose Layer From Background:. I'll go up to the Edit menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen and choose Cut:.
What if we try moving another layer below the Background layer?
Here, I'm trying to drag it towards the upper right of the document:. We can see our current Foreground and Background colors in the color swatches near the bottom of ohotoshop Tools panel. Finally, we've seen that we can convert a Background layer into a normal layer just by renaming it anything other than "Background".