Fix Adobe Photoshop error ‘Could not edit the layer because the layer is locked.’

When you open a PNG or JPG from the web and want to edit a locked background layer, you double-click on the ‘background layer.’ You get this warning: ‘Could not edit the layer because the layer is locked.’


Here is How to fix this error

Step 01:
Select Background Layer

Step 02:

Solution 01:
Double-click on the locked layer, bringing a new layer dialogue box. Click OK & your background layer will become Layer 0 and be unlocked.

Solution 02:
Option Click on Mac or Alt. Click on Windows on the Locked layer to unlock the layer.

Solution 03:
Drag Layer’s Lock Symbol to the trash icon available at the bottom panel.


Photoshop will convert the background layer to a layer. Now, the layer is available for editing and manipulation.

Hope it helps,

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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