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If you’re familiar with Adobe Photoshop, you know that working with layers is a part of the editing workflow. It’s, therefore, a good idea to rename the layers you create to simplify the interface and workflow.

In this mini tutorial, we’ll show you how to rename layers in Photoshop in 4 super simple steps. We’ll also cover what layers are and why you should use them to organize and streamline your workflow.

Let’s get started!

What Are Layers in Photoshop?

What are layers in Photoshop

Layers in Photoshop are akin to transparent sheets stacked on top of each other. 

Each layer is made up of different elements, like images and text, that are all editable independently of each other, allowing you to easily make tweaks and adjustments to specific elements while keeping everything else intact.

Why Should You Name Layers in Photoshop?

How to rename layers in Photoshop

Naming layers in Photoshop can be extremely helpful when trying to keep track of which elements are in your image. 

If you’re only working with one or two layers you may not need to rename them, but as soon as you work with three or more layers at a time, it’s wise to start organizing them by giving each layer a name that describes what it is. 

This can help make it easier to organize and find the element you’re looking for, instead of having to scroll endlessly to find it. Needless to say, it’ll help you save a lot of time and streamline the editing process.

Naming layers also helps to keep your project files organized so that other people who need to work with them can easily understand the structure and content.

Overall, an organized layers panel with distinguishable layers will lessen any frustration a photographer or graphic designer may experience as a result of an excessive amount of labor.

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How to Rename Layers in Photoshop (4 Simple Steps)

Now that you know what layers in Photoshop are and why you should use them to organize the elements in your image, let’s take a look at how to rename layers in Photoshop.

You can either watch the video or continue reading the text below.

Step 1. To rename layers in Photoshop, let’s start by first Duplicating the Original Layer.

Step 2. Now, to Rename this layer,  just Double Click on it and name it Duplicate 1.

Step 3. Then, do the same thing to the Second Layer and name it Duplicate 2 or anything else you’d like. 

Step 4. And to rename this Background Layer, simply click on the Lock Icon to the right of the layer. You can now rename your background layer by doing the same thing we did with the other two layers.

And that’s how you rename layers in Photoshop!

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Stina Pettersson

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Stina is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and professional blogger who's passionate about real estate photo editing, being outdoors with her pup, and sweaty gym sessions. She loves the written word and has been writing for publications like Forbes and Thrive Global. Originally from Sweden, she's called South Florida her home since 2013.

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