Layers let you organize your work into distinct levels that can be edited and viewed as individual units. Every Photoshop CC 2018 document contains at least one layer. Creating multiple layers lets you easily control how your artwork is printed, displayed, and edited.
The eye shows that the selected layer is visible. Click on or off to see or to hide a layer.
Layer Locking Options
Click the checkered square icon to lock Transparency, click the brush icon to lock the Image, click the arrow icon to lock the Position, and click the lock icon to lock all options.
Layer Blending Mode
Defines how the layer’s pixels blend with underlying pixels in the image. By choosing a particular blending mode from the drop-down menu you can create a variety of special effects.
By typing in a value or dragging the slider you can specify the transparency.
By typing in a value or dragging the slider, you can specify the transparency of the entire layer.
The icon shows when the layer is locked and disappears when it is unlocked. Double-click the icon to unlock the layer
Allows you to hide certain parts of the layer, which can then be revealed by using the paintbrush and the white paint color to expose portions of the layer.
Create New Layer
Click this icon to create a new layer.
To delete a layer, select a layer in the Layers palette and drag it to the trash can icon, or select a layer and click the icon.