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Giving Photoshop Layers a Color Label

by SnickerdoodleDesigns on 27 July 2013
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Last week, we talked about Creating a Layer Group in Photoshop.  Working with Layer Groups can help keep us organized.

But there’s another thing that we can do to keep Layers organized, if we don’t want to work in Groups – assigning Color Labels to them.  It’s super simple. Here’s how:

In the image below you will see a paper that I designed for Chalk it Up, a collaboration with KimberKatt Scraps. I  created Layer Groups for the Flowers and for the Boy/Girl images.    I could create a group for the remaining “house” and “animal” images to organize them, but today let’s assign Color Labels to them instead.


All we need to do is select the layers that we want to assign the same color label. Then right click on our mouse. This will open a new options panel.  Toward the bottom of the panel we will see a group of options beginning with “No Color,” followed by a list of colors.


When we click on the color that we would like to assign to our layers, that color is instantly assigned to them.


Now it is easy to see what grouping of layers we are focusing on as we work.  We can move the layers up and down in the layers panel to keep them near to each other, if we want, or simply leave them as they are.

Adding color labels to layers works really well for those who prefer not to work with Layer Groups, yet desire some sort of layer organization.   Now that you know this little tip, as you work, I’ll bet you discover your own favorite reasons for using Color Labels.



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lesley 27 July 2013 at 7:04 pm

Just wondering what version of PS you are using as I use CS3 and I can’t see anything relating to colour on the flyout menu when I right click me layers :(


2 SnickerdoodleDesigns 27 July 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi Lesley! I am using CS6 Extended. Thanks for letting me know it’s not available on CS3.


3 Priss 27 July 2013 at 7:17 pm

Wow—-how cool is THAT!!!!


4 Lesley 28 July 2013 at 4:25 am

Oh bum I knew you was going to say that :( oh well not too worry, just more incentive to buy CS6 :) it’s the first tutorial I’ve not been able to do so that good news really.



5 Dizzie A. 28 July 2013 at 7:37 am

That’s a new way of doing it that is new in CS6. But in CS5 and lower, you can still assign colors by right clicking and selecting “layer properties” and choosing the color you want.


6 SnickerdoodleDesigns 28 July 2013 at 8:08 am

I didn’t realize that this option wasn’t available in other versions of CS besides CS6. Thanks for letting us/me know, Dizzie.


7 Faith A 29 July 2013 at 3:42 pm

Such a brilliant trick, thank you AND Dizzie for telling me how to do it in CS5, only one layer at a time I can do it, but this will definitely help with grouping, thank you.


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