Unlock a Photoshop CS6 Layer

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You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can unlock a layer in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. To begin, you should already have a document open. Either open an old document or create a new document. We've shown you how to do this in other tutorials. You can see I have a document here with a layer on top of a background layer. The top layer, our photograph, is easy to move around because it's not locked. There's no padlock icon on the right-hand side of the layer tab.

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    Note that the background layer is locked
    This is generally to help us when we're making something. It keeps the background still while we're working. There is a padlock icon on the tab for the layer to indicate that it is locked.
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    Double-click the padlock icon
    A "New Layer" pop-up window will appear.
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    Click "OK"
    We can edit the options as if we are creating a new layer, but we generally don't change anything.
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    Look at the background layer's tab
    There's no padlock there anymore. Our background layer is now called "Layer 0". We're free now to use our background layer in the same way as we have with every other layer.
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    This is a VisiHow video
    We've just shown you how you can unlock a layer in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions, comments, or queries, feel free to add them to the section below, and we'll do our best to get back to you.
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