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How to Resize a Layer in Photoshop: Step by Step Guide

How to Resize a Layer in Photoshop

Just get started with Adobe Ps and looking for ways on how to resize a layer in Photoshop, then you’ve discovered the right place to this instructional exercise.

Photoshop plans are subject to layers. These layers permit the designer to control the image precisely the way they need.

With layers, you can alter portions of the picture while leaving the remainder of the picture immaculate.

Follow below steps to learn the right way to change size of the layer –

How to Change (Alter) Size of Layer in Photoshop?

Step 1

In order to resize a layer, you’re going to require a layer first. For that find a picture that you have previously created in Photoshop that has layers.

In case you do not have any image with layers created in photoshop then here a quick guide –

  • Open a new canvas at Photoshop (Ctr+N)
  • A screen will pop up requesting you to adjust the size of the canvas
  • If needed, you can change width, height to match the image you plan on creating
  • If not sure, just start with width: 600 pixels and height: 600 pixels (you can always adjust that later also)

Step 2

Now the white Canvas is your background. Just add layers on top of the canvas to give you highest elasticity while designing.

For creating new layer:

  • Select the layers palette at the bottom right hand corner of Photoshop CC.
  • Now you will see a tab with ‘Layers’ written on it make sure that is selected
  • Next you will see a white thumbnail and the word background
  • On the end of that little panel there will be a dog-eared shaped icon, click on that and the first layer will be created.

Step 3

Next you will see the layer is featured in the image above. That implies it’s dynamic and you can plan or alter it.

Along these lines, feel free to structure a bit of whatever you have at the top of the priority list.

 Step 4

Since you have something to draw on layer 1 now, you need to utilize an apparatus called free transform to resize and even turn a layer. There are two different ways to use this tool,

  1. Go to Edit –> Free Transform,
  2. Hit CTRL + T. Choice two is known as the Shortcut route.

All the tools in Photoshop have their own alternate way that makes getting to the extremely simple.

Step 5

Now you should see the anchor points around the canvas, this is like an image that you are trying to resize or edit.

  • Now click on a corner anchor point and drag it inwards to a central point. The layer will now start to contract both vertically and horizontally. It will not remain impeccably proportional unless you hold down SHIFT while you drag. Leave the mouse when the layer is the size you need.
  • If you click on a similar corner anchor point and drag your mouse outward, your layer will start to develop in a similar semi-proportional way.
  • If you select on the points on the vertical sides of the layer and drag it, to the center then it can either decrease the width, or away from the layer to increase the width.
  • Similarly, if you select a horizontal anchor point (be it on the top or at the bottom) and drag it towards the center, the height will decline and if you grab it away from the center, you will be able to increase the height.

After you are done resizing, select enter to save the image.

In brief,

Mastering Photoshop can take a while if you have just started to use it, just make sure you do not stop experimenting with it.

Photoshop is a great tool to edit photos, create new things from 3D to software destines, Photoshop can be the one stop solution to all.

Just don’t stop enhancing your skills and with no time you will be able to become a Photoshop Guru.

Hope you find this guide about how to resize a layer in Photoshop helpful. If yes, then don’t forget to share with other newbie Adobe Ps users.

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Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.