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Photoshop: how to unlock layers

Photoshop can be a very complex tool, so if you are new to Photoshop or maybe its just been awhile here is a quick tip on unlocking PS layers. There are several different ways you can unlock a layer.
locked layer

First: Duplication
This one is fairly simple, just select the layer you wish to unlock, right click over it and select duplicate (hot-key: ctrl+j). Now you have a completely editable unlocked layer.
duplication method

Second: Lock Menu
Again select your locked layer and now look at the top of your layers window for the lock menu and click the lock icon.
lock menu method

Third: Throw it away
After you have your locked layer selected click and drag the lock on the layer to the trashcan on the bottom of your layers window.
trashcan method