Resizing a layer

Explorer ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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I want to shrink the top of two layers so I can display it in a corner of the second layer, then flatten the result. Please see my screenshot.  

The instruction is to select the layer and go to 'edit' and then 'free transform'. Doing this the pop up I get is "Could not transform the selected pixels because the selected area is empty".  Help please.

Robin

 

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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These images appear to be DMG so need opening and saving in PSD format.

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Thanks very much Derek.  I am away from it now but will come back if I still have a problem.

Robin

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Thank you again Derek.  It worked for me.  see my screenshot below.  How can I drag the top layer thumbmail into a different position please?  I have 24 such tasks to complete.   I'm off to bed now in Australia so if I do not acknowledge you'll know why.

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Robin 

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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You can drag the Layers up and down, but not below a Background Layer. To convert the Backround Layer into an ordinary layer (so you can drag a layer below it)click on the little padlock symbol in the Background Layer.

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Mar 08, 2022 Mar 08, 2022

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Thanks for this Derek.  I so seldom use PS that I am permamently rusty as there is very little now that I cannot achieve with LRC.  But I'll no doubt be back when I hit a seemingly simple brick wall.

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Yes, you can move the thumbnail layer around.The only thing I'd add to the good advice of @Derek Cross is that I'd leave the background layer alone and duplicate it, then disable the background layer to avoid accidentally doing anythng permanent to it. It's always good to retain the orginal untouched version.

 

When you get the popup "Could not transform the selected pixels because the selected area is empty," it either means you don't have the right layer selected or that you have something else inadvertently selected with, say, the rectangular marquee tool, which is all to easy to do without realizing. You can have a tiny rectangle selected without realizing, and you might not be able to see it.  When you get that message, first go Select>Deselect in case it's that.

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Explorer ,
Mar 06, 2022 Mar 06, 2022

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Many thanks for this advice. With the help I received from you and Derek I achieved my aim and would have floundered without that little bit of guidance. Sorry for the late response but I have been travelling and busy.
Robin

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Mar 08, 2022 Mar 08, 2022

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You were right thanks Leslie.  The Crop tool was live and when I turned that off all was well. 

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