Photoshop Toolbox – Layers: Linking Layers
This time in the Photoshop Toolbox we explore a couple of ways that we can work with multiple layers at the same time.
Let’s say you’ve created a layout for a website and you have everything set to where you want it. It looks great. You show it to your client and they think it’s perfect in every way, except, they want to change some things around. So you now have to move this outlined box with all of this text and this logo to another part of the page.
Sure, you could move the box to the new location and then line up the text again and then move the logo down to that perfect spot in the corner of the box. All of the time you put in to make those key creative decisions has to be put back into the project to get it looking just right again. And, heaven forbid, your client doesn’t like their suggestions after all and wants to move that same box over to a section on the other side of the page.
None of these tasks are hard, really, but they do take up time and can cause you some frustration as you have to go back, yet again, to move each element one-by-one to get it right.
Now, you could hold down the Shift or the Cmd (Mac)/Ctrl (PC) and click on the layers you want to move together. That would work. But, know this client like you do, they are going to keep changing things on you until they’ve put their stamp on every square pixel of your design. So, knowing that you are going to have to move this same box over and over again, try linking the layers together.
First thing you want to do is hold Shift and select the layers you want to link (if they are next to each other in the Layers Panel) or hold Cmd/Ctrl and select the layers, if they aren’t next to each other. Then you just have to link them. Depending on what you’re most comfortable with, you can link the selected layers by:
- Clicking on the link icon at the bottom of the Layers Panel (the icon that looks like a chain)
- You can also Right-Click (PC) or Cmd+Click(Mac) on one of the layers and select “Link Layers”
- Click on the Layers Panel’s fly-out menu and select “Link Layers”
- Go to Layers in the Menu Bar and select “Link Layers”
Whichever method you choose, you now have a set of layers that you can now move together as one whenever any of the layers in the linked set is selected.
How do you use linked layers? Are there other tips and tricks that you know when it comes to linking layers?
Next time we talk about Layers, we’ll take things one step further and look at Layer Groups!