How to add or remove a layer in Photoshop

Updated: 03/05/2023 by Computer Hope
Adobe Photoshop

In Photoshop, layers are sometimes necessary to create your project. Layers make it easier to nondestructively edit specific parts of your image without affecting the entire composition.

Below, we walk you through how to add or layer and delete a layer.

How to add a layer

  1. Open a project in Adobe Photoshop. When you open the project, the first layer is the background, as shown in the picture below.

Photoshop Layer


If the Layers window is not visible click Window in the file menu or press F7.

  1. Photoshop adds another layer when you paste a picture from your computer or add text into your project. The Computer Hope logo was added to our project as Layer 1, as shown below.

Photoshop Layer 1

  1. To add another layer on top of all existing ones, click Layer, then click New, then click Layer. Or, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Ctrl+N.
  2. In the pop-up window, you can change the new layer's Name, and change the color, Mode, and Opacity. Once you have your desired settings, click OK.

Photoshop layer options

  1. Next, we added a third layer, named Computer. As shown in the picture, we added the verbiage "Computer" to the project for layer three.

Photoshop layer 3

  1. For the fourth layer of our project, we added a layer named Hope. As shown in the picture, we added the verbiage "Hope" to the project for layer four.

Photoshop layer 4

  1. For the final layer of the project, we added a fifth layer named Helpful. As shown in the picture, we added the verbiage "Free computer help since 1998" to the project for layer five.

Photoshop layer 5

With all layers showing, you can now click each layer to the right to make any necessary changes to each layer of the project, if desired.

How to delete a layer

There are occasions where you either change your mind about one of the layers or mistakenly hit a keyboard shortcut to add an extra layer. To delete a layer on your project, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the project in Adobe Photoshop, where you need to delete a layer. We'll use the layers we created from the steps above in How to add a layer for this example.
  2. On the right of the screen, under Layers, right-click the layer you want to delete. For this example, we're going to delete the layer labeled Helpful.

Photoshop delete layer

  1. Click Delete Layer.
  2. Click Yes.

Photoshop yes delete

  1. The layer labeled Helpful, with text stating "Free computer help since 1998", is deleted, showing the remaining four layers from the steps above.

Photoshop layers panel