4 ways to create a new layer in photoshop

4 ways to create a new layer in photoshop

As with everything in Photoshop, there are multiple ways to create a new layer. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong way – Use whichever method fits in best with the way you work.

Please note: All of the methods below start with an open document and a new layer will always be created directly on top of the layer you have selected in the layers palette.

1) Add a new layer using the top menu

Choose: Layer > New > Layer and choose OK from the New Layer box. (hitting return will also select OK if you don’t want to change anything in the New Layer box).

Create a new layer using the top menu
Create a new layer using the top menu
New Layer Box
New Layer Box

2) Add a new layer using a keyboard shortcut

Command + Shift + N / Ctrl + Shift N and choose OK from the New Layer box (hitting return will also select OK if you don’t want to change anything in the New Layer box)

3) Add a new layer using the layer palette menu

Select the drop down menu on the top right of the layer palette and choose New Layer then choose OK from the New Layer box (hitting return will also select OK if you don’t want to change anything in the New Layer box).

New Layer using layer palette menu
New Layer using layer palette menu

4) Add a new layer using the layer palette icons

Select the ‘Create a New Layer’ icon on the bottom of the layers palette. This will create a new layer straight away without providing you with layer options, so this is the same as using the methods above and clicking OK in the New Layer box without changing anything.

Create a new layer icon
Create a new layer icon
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Hannah works as a website designer for a digital agency based in the UK. She has over 15 years of experience using Photoshop and has been using it daily since 2005.

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