Clip Thumbnails to Layer Bounds in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

When you have small graphics, shapes or placed content inside Photoshop and Photoshop Elements with Entire Document in Layers Panel Options > Thumbnail Contents checked, thumbnail in Layers palette shows you an empty layer.

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  1. Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the Layers panel.
  2. Choose Panel Options.
  3. Check (click on) Layer Bounds in Layers Panel Options dialog and confirm on OK button in upper right corner.
  4. Optionally check and Large Thumbnail in Thumbnail Size section  to have large thumbnails in LAYERS palette.
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Now you can see layer content in Layers palette.

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Reference:
Photoshop / Layer basics

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5

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