Reverse Layers in Photoshop

Reverse Your Layers in Photoshop

Skill level
Beginner

It’s not a super common occurrence, but there are certainly times when you have the need to reverse the order that your layers appear in. Whether it’s all of them, or just a select few. Reversed layers usually occur after duplications, but sometimes it can occur simply by misarrangement. Here’s a trick to fix this!

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The Problem

In many cases, if your layers are arranged in the wrong order, you may not visually see an issue, but when your layers are stacked on top of each other, this can cause some layers to become ‘hidden’, as seen below.

Reverse Layers

As you can see, many of the elements are hidden because the ‘Glass’ layer is above the smaller elements. Sure, you can manually arrange the layers until everything is visible, but in the case that the layers are simply backwards, there’s a simple way to reverse their order!

Start off my selecting the layers that need reversing. You can either hold down Command/Ctrl and click on the individual layers, or if they’re in a sequence, select the first one, hold down Shift, then select the last one.

Once that’s done, use the Layer > Arrange > Reverse option to make the switch!

Reverse Layers

As you can now see in the image below, the layer stack has been reversed, and the elements are now visible again!

Reverse Layers

Of course, this is a simple example of how this feature works, but there are many cases where you’re going to find this very helpful!

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  • Derek Mack

    And why would one do that?

  • IceflowStudios

    There are many reasons why, especially if you’ve been duplicating your layers with Command/Ctrl+J, but want the duplicated layers in the reverse order.

  • Derek Mack

    I’m not picturing a benefit, will have a look when I’m back on PS though

  • IceflowStudios

    There’s always a benefit for these smaller features. It may not be something you use on a daily basis, but when the time comes, you’ll be happy it’s there.

  • Derek Mack

    You could always run off a tutorvid and show us though 🙂

  • Derek Mack

    Part of the problem with PS it’s so vast, i been a regular user since CS3 and I’m still learning

  • IceflowStudios

    I learn new things about Photoshop all the time. 🙂

  • Pia Eliassen

    Helpful indeed, should have known that years ago! Thanks 🙂

  • Pia Eliassen

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  • Innovative Pioneer

    I like it

  • Diane

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!