CreativePro Tip of the Week: Find the Size of a Layer in Photoshop

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Want to know the exact pixel dimensions of a layer in a Photoshop document? Just show the Properties panel (Window > Properties). Then click on the layer in the Layers panel.

Photoshop Properties panel

You can also see the size of the layer including pixels that sit outside the boundaries of the canvas by pressing Ctrl+T (Win) Command+T (Mac). This is the same as choosing Edit > Free Transform, and shows the dimensions the entire layer in the Info panel.

Photoshop Info panel layer size

If you use this method, press Esc to avoid accidentally transforming the layer.

If part of the layer is outside the canvas and you only want to see the size of the visible pixels, (or you’re using a really old version of Photoshop) you can also use the Info panel.

Hold the Ctrl key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac) and click on the layer thumbnail in the Layers panel to select all the visible pixels in that layer.

Photoshop click layer thumbnail

The size of the selection (visible pixels) is now displayed in the Info panel.

Photoshop selection size Info panel

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of InDesignSecrets.com, InDesign Magazine, and CreativePro.com. He is also the author of several lynda.com video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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