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How to Ungroup in Photoshop

Published: 15/06/2023

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Making complex edits to your real estate images may require you to work on layers. To avoid a cluttered workspace, you need to group and ungroup layers. This guide teaches you how to ungroup in Photoshop to organize your layers and improve your post-processing workflow.

How to Ungroup in Photoshop Easily

The easiest way to ungroup in Photoshop is to press CTRL + Shift + G (Windows) or Shift + CMD + G (Mac). Another option is to go to the Layers menu and select Ungroup Layers. Alternatively, you can use the Auto Select option from the Move tool.

Organizing layers in Photoshop is as important as creating them in the first place. You may feel intimidated to see a myriad options available, yet handling all the features is quite manageable. Learning how to add, delete, duplicate, group, and ungroup layers is essential to get them organized.

Method 1: Selecting From the Panel

Photoshop allows you to create unlimited layers, so you may let loose your creativity and design intricate graphic files. As a result, a large number of layers in a single file can make matters confusing.

Fortunately, you can easily keep track using the grouping and ungrouping options. While you can create a group with multiple layers, you may change your mind later. If you want to work with a specific layer, simply ungroup them to treat them as separate elements.

The easiest way to ungroup your layers is to select the group in the panel.

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut for the ungrouping command: CTRL + SHIFT + G on Windows or CMD + SHIFT + G on Mac.
  2. Right-click on the group in the panel. 
  3. Click on the Ungroup Layers option to disperse the layers.
  4. Be sure not to press CMD and drag the layer group to the trash can icon at the bottom right of the Layers panel. Otherwise, it will delete the group, leaving its layers intact.
Ungroup Layers option in Photoshop

Method 2: Selecting From the Menu

For this method, simply select the group that you wish to disperse. 

  1. Go to the Layers menu and select Ungroup Layers
  2. Another way to ungroup layers is to go up to the Layer menu.
  3. Select Delete, and click on Group.
  4. In the dialog box, click on Group Only.
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Method 3: Selecting From Windows

Suppose you don't wish to divert your attention from the image area. In this case, you may ungroup layers in the Window with images.

  1. Select the Move tool from the toolbar on the left section of the image.
  2. Click on the Auto Select checkbox, and select Group from the drop-down menu beside it.
  3. Clicking on any layer part of a group will select the group in the layers panel. Now you can use any of the methods for ungrouping described above.

Bonus: Creating Groups

Graphic design manipulation with layers is why Photoshop is such an acclaimed software. Suppose you are creating a real estate flyer where you must add some images and some explanatory text sections

Creating a group is a straightforward process. You first need to select the desired layers and form a group.

Selecting group from Layers in the drop down menu
  1. In the layers panel, select the layers by holding down the CTRL key (on Windows) or CMD key (on Mac) and clicking on the layers.
  2. If you want an endless selection, click on the top layer and then click on the last one while holding down the Shift key. This will select the required layers in a sequence.
  3. To group the layers, right-click on the layers, and select Group From Layers in the drop-down menu.
  4. Go to the Layers menu on top, and select Group Layers.
  5. On Windows, press ALT and drag the layers to the folder icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. On Mac, drag them to the folder icon while holding Option on your keyboard. 
  6. Press CTRL + G on Windows or CMD + G on Mac to group the layers.
  7. Give a name to the group which describes its content. You can double-click on the group name after expanding it in the panel to rename it.
Dragging the layers to the folder icon at the bottom of the Layers panel

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Layer Groups?

Layer groups help you organize a project or document in Photoshop. Every Photoshop document starts with a white background, basically your first layer on the document window. From then on, any element you add to the background now becomes a separate layer.

Why Do You Need to Group or Ungroup Layers?

Photoshop Layers can be of several types, so you need to group or ungroup them to keep them organized. You can see that you can sort your layers based on kind, attributes, effects, and more in the Layer filter. To keep your layers panel uncluttered, you need the option to group and ungroup layers.


The ungroup layers feature is handy when you need to reorganize your groups. Photoshop provides many ways to ungroup your layers using the panel, document window, or menu. These methods are easily accessible and become a part of your regular workflow while working with layers. 


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