How to drag and drop an image in windows explorer to Photoshop and keep it centered?

Community Beginner ,
Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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I often need to drag and drop an image file from windows explorer to the current working psd file, and since I am working on it, I always zoom in the canvas quite a lot. So, when I drag and drop an image while the photoshop canvas in really zoomed in, the image will be place where the cursor is. My work around now is to zoom out the canvas on photoshop and then drag and drop, that will fit the image in the center of the canvas, but that is annoying extra step in my workflow, since I have to do this hundreads times in a day. Is there any way or setting to drag and drop an image while the photoshop canvas is really zoomed in? really apprenciate it.

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Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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You could do it with an Action and trigger it with a Function key.  I just tested and it works fine.  Assuming you have Preferences set to bring Placed objects as Smart Objects, you have to hit Enter to OK the SO. Then hit your Function key and the layer is centred without affecting your current zoom level.

 

I am sure you can do the Action, but ask if not.

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Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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When I suggest using Function keys I like to show the defualt shortcuts.  I argue that single key shortcuts are too useful to leave to their defualt settings.  Ask yourself if you ever use the shortcuts below, and if not, then think about making better use if them.  F1 is hard wired and can't be changed.

 

Help_________________________ F1

Cut__________________________ F2

Character Panel________________ F3

Adjustments Panel______________ F4

Brushes panel__________________ F5

Colour panel___________________ F6

Layers Panel___________________ F7

Info Panel_____________________ F8

Actions Panel__________________ F9

History Panel__________________ F10

Timeline______________________ F11

Revert________________________ F12

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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"F1 is hardwired and can't be changed."

> I use F1 to Start/Continue actions (PC).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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"F1 is hardwired and can't be changed."

> I use F1 to Start/Continue actions (PC).


By @Signfeld

 

OK.  I am going by it being unavailable as an option when recording an Action

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 18, 2022 Jun 18, 2022

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That is probably true, but you did start out by listing shortcuts set in Keyboard Shortcuts... Then showing Action options is a small jump in logic...

I didn't say I (can) use F1 for any action, but for Play. I assign it in the Keyboard Shortcuts.

I use a ton of deliberate stop steps in my actions, and the Play also serves as Continue, making F1 my most used function key.

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Sorry if my first reply was emailed to you. I've had my reality arrogantly denied by two "big names" in the last few days alone. I first figured you were a third one... 😉

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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Hey thank you for your suggestion, but I think I would like to know how to set it up, could you help me on this please. I will appreciate your effort 😄

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 16, 2022 Jun 16, 2022

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For actions, select an action, open its panel menu and see Action Options...

Other stuff:

Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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@Rizum wrote:

Hey thank you for your suggestion, but I think I would like to know how to set it up, could you help me on this please. I will appreciate your effort 😄


 

Do you mean that you don't know how to create/record the action? Or do you mean setting up a keyboard shortcut?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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record the action, because I am not sure how to achive that.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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@Rizum wrote:

record the action, because I am not sure how to achive that.


 

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Link:

 

https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/7e5bb69f-bdc6-433e-785f-f841e8824214

 

Download the .atn file and save it to your drive or to a backup etc. Use the Window > Actions menu command to open the Action panel, then use the upper right hand menu to load the .atn file. You can then set a custom F-Key shortuct by highlighting the action (not the set/folder) and using the action panel menu item for "Action Options".

 

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Helpx Articles:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/creating-actions.html

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/playing-actions.html

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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A simple scripted version which will allow a more flexible custom keyboard shortcut to be used on the installed script (rather than an F-Key):

 

// Centre active layer on canvas
var doc = app.activeDocument;
var docLayer = app.activeDocument.activeLayer;
docLayer.translate(doc.width / 2 - (docLayer.bounds[0] + docLayer.bounds[2]) / 2,
    doc.height / 2 - (docLayer.bounds[1] + docLayer.bounds[3]) / 2);

 

The following script does the same thing as the action:

 

https://gist.github.com/MarshySwamp/df372e342ac87854ffe08e79cbdbcbb5

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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@Rizum – Having dragged content auto centre on the canvas does appear to be dependent on having the entire canvas visible.

 

I have tried different keyboard modifiers without success. When dragging from one open document to another open doc in Photoshop, holding down the shift key modifier will centre the new layer content – but you are dragging from outside Photoshop.

 

Perhaps a less onerous extra step would be to use a keyboard shortcut to run an action or script to auto-centre the active layer to the canvas, at least that way your zoom and pan don't need to be changed.

 

Edit: I now see that @Trevor.Dennis has replied while I was typing my reply!

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Try doing a Select>All, then drag your image in from explorer.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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@Jeff Arola – nice one, that works too! 

 

At this point, it appears to be a case of either:

 

1) Use an action + F-key shortcut or a script + standard custom keyboard shortcut

Pros: only a single step once setup

Cons: requires setup and remembering a keyboard shortcut

 

or

 

2) Select all, drag from Finder/Explorer, deselect

Pros: no actions or scripts required, uses standard keyboard shortcuts

Cons: two additional steps

 

Does anybody have a third option?

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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Maybe there's an event trigger for dropping an image in?

I'll have to check these out asap! 🙂

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Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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thank you for your suggestion! Though I think since I am wanting to remove one step in my workflow I think I will go with the action route.

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Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Hi!

Just a quick quesiton for you--When you zoom out do you press Cmd/Ctrl 0? That is the fastest way to zoom out. Then start dragging your files into your document and hold down the Shift key and all your files will be centered.

2 steps and no panels to open or close. It's simple, but it works!

Michelle

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