Photoshop > Scripts > Promote Background Layer

This event-based script unlocks the Background layer and turns it into a real layer.


To download this script, right-click (Ctrl-click on the Mac) on the appropriate version below, and choose "Save Target As".

Promote Background Layer
Version: 1.0.0 (February 22, 2014)
Downloads: Photoshop Script JSX or ZIP Archive ZIP


  1. Download the script, and copy it into your "Adobe Photoshop ##/Presets/Scripts/Event Scripts Only" folder
  2. Choose File » Scripts » Scripts Event Manager
  3. Select an event (e.g., Open Document, New Document) from the Photoshop Event drop-down
  4. Select Promote Background Layer.jsx from the Script drop-down
  5. Press the Add button
  6. Press the Done button

For more information, see the Event-Based Scripts section of the Scripting Photoshop, Part 1 tutorial.


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