Photoshop: No new layer for image

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I open a new photo and it becomes a background instead of placing on a new layer. I want to be able to add several photos on one page. But this unusal phenomena i
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Anytime you open a flat image into PS, the first layer becomes the background and is locked. You can at that point double click it or drag the lock to the trash to turn it into a normal editable layer.

You can also use the stack command to load photos as separate layers into one file instead of dragging each one from a separate document!
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The first layer in a Photoshop document is typically always a background layer which is locked, when you're opening photos from a directory into Photoshop. This will also be the case if you are importing from Lightroom via Edit>Edit in Photoshop.

If you are using Edit>Open As Layers in Photoshop from Lightroom they will not be locked either. If you create a document and then drag and drop photos into it, they will not be locked background layers. However, they will be smart objects which are resized to fit within the boundaries of the canvas by default. You can change how images are placed in the Preferences dialog box.

All you have to do to unlock a background layer is double-click the layer in the Layers panel, then give it a name (or accept the default). Or, with the layer selected in the Layers panel, go to the menu and select Layer>New>Layer from Background. The purpose for locking the original layer is to prevent it from being destructively changed and ruining an image. It's a safe guard.
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If in Photoshop, use File > Place... command. If you need to load multiple files in Photoshop as layers, try Edit > Scripts > Load Files into Stack