How Do I Change the Size of a Layer in Adobe Photoshop?

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Adobe Photoshop users have a number of tools at their disposal for editing the appearance of an image on their canvas. You can also use Photoshop to create images from scratch. There are few tools as helpful as layers for this activity. The regular toolbox and Photoshop utilities can be used to make changes to a layer, but you may discover that using "Image Size" or "Canvas Size" from the "Image" menu will modify the entire image instead of just the selected layer. Fortunately, it is possible to change the size of a layer in Photoshop.

  • Launch Photoshop.

  • Click "File" at the top of the window, and then click "Open" to browse to your layered image and open it in Photoshop.

  • Click the layer for which you want to adjust the size from the "Layers" window on the right side of the screen.

  • Press "Ctrl" and "T" to launch the "Transform" tool, or select "Free Transform" from the "Edit" menu at the top of the screen.

  • Drag one of the corner controls to adjust the size of the layer, or enter percentage values into the "W" (width) and "H" (height) fields on the toolbar above your image canvas. For example, if you wanted to make the layer half of its current size, you would change both the "W" and "H" values to 50 percent.

  • Press "Enter" to apply your adjustment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Entering the same percentage values into the "W" and "H" fields is the best way to ensure that the layer proportions remain the same.

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