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I know that if you choose "Delete Cropped Pixels" in the crop tool, that it will preserve the background layer, as a background layer. However, I wished that I could still maintain this function when cropping without the delete cropped pixels option checked as well. It seems like a silly thing to have to recreate that layer as a background manually every time. Is there a script out there that can do this?

  • Why do you need a "background" layer specifically? I kind of wish no such thing existed and all Photoshop documents had an unlocked start layer without the need to set things to transparent to achieve that. – Scott Mar 25 '15 at 20:16
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The reasoning behind this is that the background layer is a special layer that must be the size of the canvas (i.e. the pixel dimensions).

Other layers can have pixel extents that are larger than the defined canvas size. I believe that Adobe calls this "big data."

Since you are opting to not delete pixels when cropping, then the background layer needs to be converted to a "normal" layer in order to preserve the pixel data.

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