How to hide or show a layer in Adobe Photoshop

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Adobe Photoshop

When working on a multi-layer project in Adobe Photoshop, there might come a time when you need to hide one or more of the layers temporarily. The instructions below show you how to do that.

How to Hide a layer

  1. Open a project in Adobe Photoshop.
  2. On the right side of the screen, click Layers. Our example project below has three layers: The "ComputerHope.com" text, the Computer Hope logo, and the "Free Computer Help" text.

Photoshop layers

  1. Next to each layer, you'll notice an "eyeball" icon. Clicking on it hides that specific layer, making it no longer visible on the canvas.

Photoshop visible layer

  1. In the example below, we used this method to hide the "Free Computer Help" text layer. As you can see, the eyeball icon is now a blank square, meaning the corresponding layer is hidden.

Photoshop hidden layer

How to show a previously hidden layer

Click the blank box next to the layer you want to show (step 4 above). This brings back the eyeball icon and reinstate the layer to the canvas.

Photoshop visible layer