Hide and Show Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Often, hiding all layers in an image except for the layer you want to edit in Photoshop Elements 11 is useful. You can then focus on the element at hand without the distraction of seeing all other elements of the image. You can hide layers with a single quick click of the mouse button:

  • Hide all the layers but one. Select the layer you want to display. Alt-click (Option-click on the Mac) the eye icon for that layer in the left column of the Layers panel, and all other layers disappear from view. To redisplay all layers, Alt-click (Option-click on the Mac) the eye icon again.

  • Hide an individual layer. Click the eye icon for that layer. To redisplay the layer, click the blank space in the eye column. The figure shows the girl layer hidden in the bottom image.

    [Credit: ©istockphoto.com/Yuri_Arcurs Image #18860532 and JohnnyH5 Image #915486]

    Credit: ©istockphoto.com/Yuri_Arcurs Image #18860532 and JohnnyH5 Image #915486

Only visible layers print. Hiding layers for printing can be useful if you want to have several versions (each on a separate layer) of an image for a project within the same document. You can view selective layers and print them, get approval from the powers that be, and then delete the layers with the scrapped versions. Only one file to manage — even you can handle that.