Why are background layers locked as default in Photoshop?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carl201167, May 6, 2007.

  1. carl201167 macrumors regular

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    I've just traded up from Elements to CS3 and am tentatively feeling my way around

    One thing I find frustrating is that when I import an image into a blank document, the layer is marked background and is locked as default. I also don't appear to be able to unlock it? I end up duplicating the layer and then deleting the original.

    Either I'm missing something fundamental about technique or I'm being dopey. What am I doing wrong? :confused:
     
  2. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    Double-click the background layer, then press Enter.
     
  3. carl201167 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Jamesarm - that'll save me a lot of messing around

    I presume the idea of locking the background is to get you used to protecting the basic image and using other layers to do the edits?
     

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