How to Resize a Layer in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5 allows you to change the size of an image in a couple of different ways. But many of these methods will change the size of the entire image, as opposed to just a single layer of that image. So if you are working on a multi-layered project and want to adjust the size of just one of those layers, then you may be wondering if that is possible.

Fortunately you can resize layers in Photoshop by taking advantage of the Free Transform Tool. Our guide below will show you how to select a single layer in your Photoshop project and resize that layer with just a few short steps.


Here is how to resize a single layer in a Photoshop image –

  1. Open your layered image in Photoshop CS5.
  2. Click the layer that you want to resize from the Layers panel.
  3. Press Ctrl + T (Windows) or Command + T (Mac) on your keyboard.
  4. Click inside the W and H fields at the top of window to adjust the width and height of the layer, respectively. You can also click one of the boxes around the layer and manually drag it to resize.
  5. Press the Enter key on your keyboard when you are finished.

These steps are also repeated below with pictures –

Step 1: Open your layered file in Photoshop CS5.


Step 2: Click on the layer that you wish to modify in the Layers panel. If you do not see the Layers panel, then you can press F7 on your keyboard to display it.

select a layer to resize



Step 3: Press Ctrl + T (Win) or Command + T (Mac) to launch the Free Transform Tool. You can also launch the Free Transform Tool by clicking Edit at the top of the window, then clicking Free Transform Tool.

activate the free transform tool



Step 4: Click inside the W or H field at the top of the window to enter a new value and resize the layer that way. Note that you will need to change each value to the same number if you wish to keep the layer proportions the same. For example, I have chosen to make the layer 50% of its original size in the image below. You can also resize the layer by dragging one of the handles along the perimeter of the layer.

resize layer Photoshop



Step 5: Press the Enter key on your keyboard when you have finished resizing your Photoshop layer.


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