Hey Designer! Wassup. I assume you to be a designer working with photoshop. Else you would not have been here. Any way lets get to the point straightaway.  You are here because you

Cannot edit a PNG file in photoshop or probably your background layer is locked.

Further you are not able to create any layers using marquee tools or change colors using the change hue saturation options. Probable all major functions are disabled as well. You might be seeing a lock icon on your main image that is now the back ground layer.

If you have the problems as mentioned above try these simple steps and you would be doing good in no time.


1. Double click the lock icon. If it unlocks then you can try editing and see if everything is all right. If no try the next step.
2. Try to save the PNG image or whatever you are working on to jpeg format. Now open it in photoshop and try to edit. Working ? No? then try the next step.
3. Try to edit the color scheme to RGB.

You may also try some online tools to edit PNG files. If you do not have Photoshop or are in a hurry to edit an image try some of these tools.

More posts you might be interested in:

Messenger Links | Yahoo Skype Gtalk Chat and Call links on website
Solved : Adobe CS5 not working in Windows 10 Solutions for cs3/cs4/cs5/cs6
Entering into the world of Mobile Applications development

9 Responses so far.

  1. Nitin says:

    heyy thank you!!!rooturaj it saved my life….:)
    I was creating a website and I was tring to modify a ready png file but I was stucked at where I was not be able to create new layer or anything that I want…so I used your trick of color scheme thank you sooo much!

  2. em says:

    my problem is the transparent part becomes white 🙁

  3. monkry says:

    thank you! it helps me 🙂

  4. eroule says:

    thx,,,a lot,,,

  5. vasundhara says:


  6. Sandor says:

    Very nice!

    RGB solved it! Thank You this post!!!

  7. Martín Caldera says:

    Thanks rooturaj+ very useful, thumbs up!

  8. Jetron says:

    Thanks a lot… you’re a life saver

  9. Tejas says:

    3 rd option helped!!
    For beginners you can set Scheme to RGB from main menu
    Image -> mode -> choose mode you want.

Leave a Reply