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Join Justin Seeley, lynda.com staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.
Hi there, welcome back to creative quick tips, my name is Justin Seely and today I'm talking about a really interesting little change to the Photoshop user interface. This is going to be in Photoshop CC and so one of the things that always bothered me about Photoshop CC is that anytime that I wanted to work on the background layer directly, I had to unlock it. And in order to unlock it I had to like, double click. And then I had to rename the layer whatever I wanted to rename it, and then I had to hit okay, and then the layer would be unlocked and I could start doing stuff to it.
Well, in Photoshop CC, we no longer have to go through all of those different steps. So in order to unlock the background layer, let me just go back here and let's close this And I'll just create a brand-new file. Command or Control in to create a new file, and here's my background layer, I'll move my Layers panel out so you can see it. Watch now how easy it is in Photoshop CC to unlock the background layer. Come up. Click the lock icon, and your layer is unlocked. No double clicking, no renaming, no anything. It's just one click fix to unlock the background layer.
It's a really quick, easy thing, but it's going to save you probably a lot of time.
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