How To View Layers In Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an amazing tool for editing and transforming images. One of the core features that makes Photoshop such a powerful and versatile tool is its utilization of layers. If you’re a beginner or even an intermediate user, you may still stumble when trying to figure out how to view these layers. This blog post will guide you on how to view layers in Photoshop.

What are Layers?

Layers are like sheets of stacked acetate. You can see through transparent areas of a layer to the layers below. You can modify layers independently from each other, which helps to avoid damaging your original photo. Furthermore, you can also change the visibility of a layer to make it disappear or reappear.

Opening the Layers Panel

The Layers panel is essentially the control center for layers. This is where you can organize and manage all the layers in your document. The Layers panel is typically located on the right side of the screen. If it’s not visible, you can open it by going to the Window menu and selecting Layers, or by using the shortcut F7.

Understanding Layer Visibility

Every layer in Photoshop has an eye icon next to it. This eye icon is an indicator for layer visibility. If the eye is present, that means the layer is visible. If the eye is not present, that means the layer is hidden. You can click on the eye icon to hide or show a layer.

Viewing Single Layer

If you want to view just one layer out of all your layers, Photoshop has a handy shortcut for that. First, select the layer you want to view by clicking on it. Then press and hold the Alt key (or Option key on Mac) and click on the eye icon of the selected layer.


Photoshop’s layers are a robust tool that allow for complex image manipulation and organization. While layers may seem intimidating at first, with a little practice, they can become an integral part of your Photoshop workflow. We hope this post has helped you understand how to view layers in Photoshop.

Important Reminder:

Please note that these instructions are based on Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. The steps may vary slightly depending on the version of Photoshop you are using.