How to resize a layer in Photoshop in 4 simple steps

ShutterstockIt’s easy to resize a layer in Photoshop, and you’ll need to if you want to manipulate the size of text or images.

Tinkering with the size of text and images is critical to the design process, especially when you want to craft an elegantly balanced composition.

Using the “Free Transform” tool in Photoshop, you can resize layers of a Photoshop project with ease.

And you can lock or unlock the dimensions of a layer as you resize it – so there’s no accidental distortions of height or width to worry about.

Here are four simple steps you’ll need to take to resize a layer in Photoshop 2020.

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How to resize a layer in Photoshop

1. Select the layer you want to resize. This can be found in the “Layers” panel on the right side of the screen.

DogRooBeforeResizeEmma Witman/Business InsiderRoo the dog is no longer tethered to her background. To give her a bigger space to play around in when I choose a new background, I’m going to shrink her down a bit.

2. Go to “Edit” on your top menu bar and then click “Free Transform.” The resize bars will pop up over the layer.

DogRooResizeNotFinalEmma Witman/Business InsiderFor Mac computers, you can tap ‘Command+T,’ or for PCs, ‘Ctrl+T,’ to pull up the ‘Free Transform’ resizing tool.

3. Drag and drop the layer to your desired size. To manipulate the height and width, hold the shift key as you drag.

DogRooResizeFinalEmma Witman/Business InsiderYou’ll no longer see the checkmark in the main options bar, which has slightly larger fonts. Keep in mind you still need to press Ctrl or Command+S to save work as you go.

4. Mark the check mark in the top options bar. The words “Commit transform (enter)” will appear when you float your cursor over the checkmark. You can also press Enter for Windows or Return for macOS to finalise the resize.

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