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Unlocking a "partially locked" layer

Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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I have a little "lock" icon in the right side of the layer, next to the fx. Rolling over it tells me the layer is "partially locked". How do I unlock this?

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Explorer , Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008
Look in the Layers palette for the word Lock just below the blending mode menu. One of the lock options represented by the 4 icons next to Lock is activated. Click on the darkened one.

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Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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Look in the Layers palette for the word Lock just below the blending mode menu. One of the lock options represented by the 4 icons next to Lock is activated. Click on the darkened one.

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Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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On the layers palette, at the top of the list of layers is a heading called "Lock" with various symbols after it. One of them will be highlighted. Click on it to un-highlight it. Then the layer will be unlocked.

See also the Photoshop - Help section under "Locking layers"

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New Here ,
Feb 01, 2010 Feb 01, 2010

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You could check  your document setup (bit size)

and if it is set at 32 or 64 bit, make it 8 bit and this will unlock the doc.

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2010 Sep 27, 2010

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Hi,

None of the proposed ways works for me.

The little lock icons do not repond and the word Lock: is grayed.

Could it be because it is a .pdf document?

Doesn't work after I Save As .jpg either.

Nor if I first save it as .psd.

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Sep 27, 2010 Sep 27, 2010

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if it's the backgrond layer that is always locked. double click on the layer and rename it that should unlock it

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2010 Sep 27, 2010

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Yes, thanks, that unlocks it.

But then comes the next problem:

On top of that layer I have an adjustment layer (Curves), looks fine, but when I merge it down or flatten the image
the effect of the adjustment layer disappears.

I've been merging adjustment layers down like this for many years, all ok.

So why not now?

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New Here ,
Apr 16, 2020 Apr 16, 2020

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Man, Why don't you just duplicate it and then delete the lock you don't want? And leave the mystery behind.
Hope it solves your problem

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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excellent 

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Sep 06, 2021 Sep 06, 2021

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I had the same issue & this solved it.

Top Menu >>  Image >> Mode >> Change to sRGB

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