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Photoshop Needs Search

I’ve come to the conclusion that Photoshop needs search for layers. I’m working with this Photoshop file that has close to 250 layers now, and it’s a huge pain to have to go and find a layer. Right clicking on layers doesn’t work because I have mine in Groups. But if I could instantly search my layers, it would be perfect.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

6 replies on “Photoshop Needs Search”

Naming the layers can only go so far, i agree search would be handy.

Another thing that doesn’t go far is the depth of groups. I often find myself reaching the limit of which i can have one folder within another. It’s frustrating because when you have a file with 200+ layers in it, things need to be organised.

Maybe we should write in to http://www.adobe.com/support/feature.html

One of my favorite features in photoshop is the ability to right click on anything and select the layer from the pop-out menu that appears.

The only problem with this is that it doesn’t work when you start using groups. When I right-click on something, I wish that photoshop would ignore the groups and just select the item under my cursor that is most prevalent.

Thomas:

Are you using CS2? In previous Photoshops you could hit CMD/CTRL + Click (with the move tool selected) and select whatever layer you clicked.

In CS2, they changed it to where it would select the group, I didn’t like this at all because more often than not, I had to select layers. I did figure out how to get it to select layers again but I did it on accident and its very weird how I got it to work. What’s even weirder is it works in both PC and Mac version

I would select the Move Tool (shortcut “V”) and at the top left (the options for the Move tool) I would turn on all three options (Auto-Select Layers, etc.) and then turn them off again and wah la it would select layers again.

I have no clue as to why this works…

I also agree, we need a search tool. I also wish that there was a way to turn off the “copy” suffix every time you copy via layer.

Here’s my question of the day…

What on earth are you building that requires 250 layers? How many layer groups do you have all that in that would still require some search function?

One thought — I wonder if there is someway that metadata can be assigned to layers so that it could then be searchable by Bridge (assuming you have CS2)

Well, I’m mapping the stars in the sky. So I need a lot more layers. j/k.

Actually, it’s a web app and as such there are a ton of text blocks, charts, graphs, and things like that. I’ve built some of them in Illustrator and pulled them into PS but it’s still huge.

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