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How to Group Layers Together in Photoshop

Last updated: March 13, 2024 - 3 min read
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Managing numerous layers in Photoshop can be a daunting task. Learning how to group layers together not only simplifies your workspace but also streamlines your editing process. This article will guide you through the steps to effectively group and manage your layers in Photoshop.

Step 1. Open the Layers Panel

To start, you need to open the Layers panel. You can do this by going to the “Window” menu at the top of the screen, then selecting “Layers” from the drop-down menu. The Layers panel will appear on the right side of your screen.

Step 2. Select the Layers to Group

Once the Layers panel is open, you can start selecting the layers you want to group together. There are two ways to do this: using the Control key or the Shift key.

Step 2.1. Using the Control Key

Hold down the Control key (Command key on Mac) and click on each layer that you want to include in the group. This method allows you to select multiple layers that are not next to each other.

Step 2.2. Using the Shift Key

If the layers you want to group are next to each other, you can hold the Shift key and click on the first and last layer in the sequence. This will select all layers in between.

Step 3. Create a New Group

With your layers selected, click on the folder icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a new group. The selected layers will automatically move into this group.

Step 4. Name the Group

Give the group a logical name to help you identify it later. Double-click on the group’s name in the Layers panel, type the new name, then hit Enter.

Step 5. Drag and Drop Layers into the Group

If you want to add more layers to the group, simply drag them from the Layers panel and drop them onto the group.

Step 6. Manage Grouped Layers

After grouping the layers, you can manage them collectively. This includes adjusting their opacity, blend modes, position, and size.

Step 6.1. Adjusting Opacity and Blend Modes

To adjust the opacity or blend mode of the entire group, select the group in the Layers panel, then use the Opacity and Blend Mode drop-downs at the top of the panel.

Step 6.2. Moving and Transforming Grouped Layers

To move or transform the entire group, select the group in the Layers panel, then use the Move tool or the Transform commands under the Edit menu.

Step 7. Ungrouping Layers

If you want to ungroup layers, right-click on the group in the Layers panel and select “Ungroup Layers”. The layers will move out of the group and back into the main Layers panel.

Step 8. Deleting a Group

To delete a group, select it in the Layers panel and hit the Delete key. You can choose to dlete the Group and Contents or the Group Only.