Perhaps the layers panel is what your looking for?
No, I already had that.
When I instlaled photoshop It had the layer panel, but directly below that were a bunch of icons that included:
layer mask, some sort of gradient stuff including gradient map, new layer, and lock i belive.
Maybe that helps?
What happens if you pull the layer panel (or window) tab from the group and place it in the center of the screen? Do the bottom icons show up?
Also are you running Photoshop on a PC or Mac?
CS6 on a mac.
._. that fixed it.
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