How to Rearrange Layers in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Rearrange Layers in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can shuffle the order of layers in images in Photoshop Elements 11 like clear sheets of acetate used with overhead projectors. The stacking order of the layers in the Layers panel corresponds to the order of the layers in the document.

If you want to move a layer to another position in the stacking order, drag the layer up or down in the Layers panel. While you drag, you see a fist icon. Release the mouse button when a highlighted line appears where you want to insert the layer.

Alternatively, you can change the order by selecting the layer and then choosing Layer→Arrange. Then select one of the following commands from the submenu:

  • Bring to Front or Send to Back: Send the layer to the top or bottom of the stacking order.

  • Bring Forward or Send Backward: Move the layer one level up or down.

  • Reverse: Switch the order of your layer stack when you have two or more layers selected.

If your image has a background, it always remains the bottommost layer. If you need to move the background, first convert it to a layer by double-clicking the name in the Layers panel. Enter a new name for the layer and then click OK.