Adding Layer Groups
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Add Layer Groups in Photoshop
Organization is critical as your Photoshop document expands as you add layer after layer. Layer Groups are a great way to simplify an otherwise jumbled mess.
Layer Groups are also helpful when adding a Layer Mask or Adjustment Layer to multiple layers. For more information on Layer Masks and Adjustment Layers, see topics, Masking With a Layer Mask and Adjustment Layers.
Once you have your layers tucked neatly inside a Layer Group, you can quickly turn the visibility on and off for all the layers at once.
Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).
Click the Custom Shape tool, set the options to Shape layer, then select a custom shape from the Options bar.
Click-drag while pressing the Shift key to add a shape to the workspace.
Add two more shapes to your document. At this point you should have a Background layer and three Shape layers.
To select the shape layers, click the top layer, then Shift-select the bottom shape layer. You can also click the top layer, then Cmd-click (PC - Ctrl-click) the other shape layers one at a time until all three shape layers are selected.
To create a group and add your layers, choose New Group from Layers from the Layers panel pull-down menu. When the dialog box appears, name your group.
Click the group triangle to view it's contents. To toggle the visibility for all of the group's layers, click the visibility icon.
To remove the layers from the group, select the group, then right-click next to the group name and choose Ungroup Layers. You can also ungroup the layers by choosing Layer > Ungroup Layers (Cmd/Shift/g (PC - Ctrl/Shift/g)).
Don't Like Those Dialog Boxes?
In Step Six, the selected menu item caused the dialog box to open. To avoid the dialog box and add your group with a default name, press and hold the Option key (PC - Alt key) as you choose the menu item.
You can always name your Layer Group in the Layers panel by double-clicking the Layer Group name.