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    I installed CS3 a few days ago (though I'm an experienced CS2 and Photoshop 6 user) and opened Photoshop CS3 Extended today for the first time.

    The problem I'm having is with unlocking the background layer. I read in the documentation and on the Net about double-clicking and renaming the layer (which is what I did in other versions), or creating a new file with a transparent background, but those things aren't working for me in this version.

    I opened a tiff file (a logo I want to use as the basis for a new image) but I can't unlock the background layer so I can copy, manipulate or add to it. Everything on the Layers drop-down menu is grayed out, as are the word Lock: and the symbols following it in the Layers window.

    I tried creating a new image but when File|New dialog box opens the option to use transparent in the Background Contents dropdown is grayed out, too.

    I'd appreciate some help with this.

    Thanks,
    Peggy

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    If you right click on background can you duplicate layer or create layer from background?

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    Hi Curt. Can't do that either; all options on the flyout menu are greyed, too.

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    Peggy_Herrington@adobeforums.com wrote:
    | I installed CS3 a few days ago (though I'm an experienced CS2 and
    Photoshop 6 user) and opened Photoshop CS3 Extended today for the first
    time.
    |
    | The problem I'm having is with unlocking the background layer. I read
    in the documentation and on the Net about double-clicking and renaming
    the layer (which is what I did in other versions), or creating a new
    file with a transparent background, but those things aren't working for
    me in this version.
    |
    | I opened a tiff file (a logo I want to use as the basis for a new
    image) but I can't unlock the background layer so I can copy, manipulate
    or add to it. Everything on the Layers drop-down menu is grayed out, as
    are the word Lock: and the symbols following it in the Layers window.
    |
    | I tried creating a new image but when File|New dialog box opens the
    option to use transparent in the Background Contents dropdown is grayed
    out, too.
    |
    | I'd appreciate some help with this.
    |
    | Thanks,
    | Peggy


    You do realize a *Background* is not a layer?

    Before you can "unlock" it You first have either use the mask tool to
    cut and then paste it back or duplicate it.

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    what's the mode? (image> mode)

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    Hold down the Alt key and double-click on the lock symbol on the background layer. It will rename to layer 0, unlocked.

    -Chris.

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    "Alienjones" <Alienjones@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:fuge5o$ar6$2@registered.motzarella.org...

    >
    >
    > You do realize a *Background* is not a layer?

    Background not a layer is purely semantics.
    >
    > Before you can "unlock" it You first have either use the mask tool to
    > cut and then paste it back or duplicate it.
    >

    Not on any version I have ever used you don't.
    Alt+double clicking will rename the Background to layer 0 without any
    masking or pasting.
    Also, the OP and many others cannot see your post, they are posting in the
    Adobeforum, not this NG.
    For some reason this NG periodically gets *leakage* from the forum.
    A total PITA!
    TWK



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    The only mode that I know of that will do what Peggy says is the multichannel mode.

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    "Toobi-Won Kenobi" <Toobi-won Kenobi@Tatooine.com> wrote in message news:fuiae1$gmg$1$8300dec7@news.demon.co.uk...
    > Also, the OP and many others cannot see your post, they are posting in the
    > Adobeforum, not this NG.
    > For some reason this NG periodically gets *leakage* from the forum.
    > A total PITA!
    > TWK


    Oh is that what it is? "Leakage"?

    I thought it was Adobe refusing to join the freaking 21st (or even
    20th) century and implement quoting in their message forums, like
    the rest of planet Earth. As it is, the 80-odd% of us who read and
    try and help with these posts don't have a fucking clue what anyone
    is responding to.



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    "nospam" <nospam@comcast.invalid.net> wrote in message
    news:2OKdncNTmNiHtZDVnZ2dnUVZ_hudnZ2d@comcast.com...
    > "Toobi-Won Kenobi" <Toobi-won Kenobi@Tatooine.com> wrote in message
    > news:fuiae1$gmg$1$8300dec7@news.demon.co.uk...
    >> Also, the OP and many others cannot see your post, they are posting in
    >> the
    >> Adobeforum, not this NG.
    >> For some reason this NG periodically gets *leakage* from the forum.
    >> A total PITA!
    >> TWK

    >
    > Oh is that what it is? "Leakage"?
    >
    > I thought it was Adobe refusing to join the freaking 21st (or even
    > 20th) century and implement quoting in their message forums, like
    > the rest of planet Earth. As it is, the 80-odd% of us who read and
    > try and help with these posts don't have a fucking clue what anyone
    > is responding to.


    Leakage is a polite term for it, you never know who may be reading.
    It used to be easy to spot the AF posters due to their address, but even
    some who post without the @adobeetc., are in the forum these days.
    They will go away again in a week or two and all will be sweetness and light
    again.(must hit some limit on downlaods or something)

    TWK



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