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How to Create Layers in Photoshop

By default a photoshop image has one layer, called Background. If you look in the Layers palette you will see something like the example on the right.

To add a new layer, go to the main menu and select Layer > New > Layer.

A window will appear like the one below. Enter a descriptive name for the layer — you can usually ignore the other options.

The new layer will appear above the currently selected layer in the Layer palette.

Note: To rename an existing layer, double-click the layer name.