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How to Group Objects in Photoshop

Last updated: March 13, 2024 - 2 min read
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Managing multiple layers in Photoshop can become confusing. This article shows how to Group Objects to streamline your workflow, enhance organization, and simplify transformations. Mastering this technique can lead to a more efficient and productive design process.

Step 1. Open the Layers Panel

In Photoshop, to view your layers, navigate to the “Window” menu at the top of the screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Layers”. This will open the Layers panel on the right side of your workspace.

Step 2. Select the Layers You Want to Group

In the Layers panel, click on the layers you want to group.

Step 2.1 Using the Control Key

Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and left-click each layer you wish to group. This allows you to select multiple layers individually.

Step 2.2 Using the Shift Key

If the layers you want to group are consecutive, click the first layer, hold down the Shift key, and then click the last layer. 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.

Step 4. Move the Selected Layers into the New Group

Simply drag the selected layers into the new group. They should now be nested under the group in the Layers panel.

Step 5. Name Your Group

Double-click on the new group’s name to rename it. This helps keep your work organized, especially in complex projects.

Step 6. Reordering and Nesting Layer Groups

You can reorder groups by clicking and dragging them up or down in the Layers panel. 

To nest groups, drag a group onto another group.

Step 7. Working with Grouped Layers

Grouped layers can be manipulated as a single unit.

Step 7.1 Transforming Grouped Layers

To transform a group of layers, select the group and use the Transform tool (Ctrl + T) as you would with a single layer.

Step 7.2 Applying Layer Styles to Grouped Layers

You can apply layer styles to a whole group at once. Right-click on the group and select “Blending Options” to access Layer Styles.

Step 8. Ungrouping Layers

To ungroup layers, right-click on the group and select ‘Ungroup Layers’

Step 9. Deleting Layer Groups

To delete a layer group, select it and click on the trash bin icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. You can choose to delete the Group and Contents or the Group Only.