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What Are the Types of Layers in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 23, 2022 @ 11:27 pm

Layers are one of the most important features in Photoshop. By organizing your image into layers, you can work on each element separately, and then turn on or off different layers to see the effect on your image as a whole. Layers also make it easy to move around different elements in your image, and to apply different effects to different parts of your image.

There are four different types of layers in Photoshop:

  • Background layers: These are the bottom-most layers in your image, and they cannot be moved or deleted. You can only have one background layer per image.
  • Image layers: These layers contain the actual pixels that make up your image. You can move, delete, and add new image layers as needed.
  • Adjustment layers: These special layers allow you to apply changes to your image without actually altering the pixels themselves.

    This is useful for things like color correction, brightness/contrast adjustments, etc.

  • Type layers: As the name implies, these are used for adding text to your image. You can change the font, size, color, etc. of your text using type layers.


Layers are an important part of Photoshop that allows you to work on each element of an image separately. There are four types of layers: background, image, adjustment and type. Each type of layer has a specific purpose and usage.

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Readers should exercise caution when using older versions of Photoshop.

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