Above or Below Current Layer

When you create a new layer, it's always created above the currently active layer or layer group. That makes perfect sense after you understand how the stacking order affects the appearance of a composition: Opaque pixels on a layer hide pixels on the layers below. However, at times you need to do the senseless thing and create a layer below the active layer. So, how do you set about creating a new layer below the currently active layer? Most people create the new layer above the active layer, or group, and then drag it to the position they want it to adopt in the stack in the first place. There is, as always, a neater and more elegant way and this one does it in one step. When you click the New Layer button in the Layers palette, press Ctrl (Windows), ^ (Mac OS). That's it! The new layer will be created below the currently active layer. If the currently active layer is the Background layer, you must first convert it to a normal layer because layers cannot exist below the Background layer (see next segment).

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