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For example I have a master file with one smart object and layercomps 1 and 2. The smart object is a linked psd file with also two layercomps A and B. So the master file layercomp 1 is set to show layercomp A of the linked smart object , And layercomp 2 to show layercomp B.
Now I have a third psd file having also layercomp A and B. I want to relink the smart object inside my master file to this new third file the way Layercomps 1 and 2 would also show layercomps A and B of that new third file I've just re-linked to.
Is it possible somehow ? Whenever I try to do it the master file always lose its connections to layercomps inside a new file I am relinking to and I have to fix it manually.
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Are your layers and layer comps the same order, name and visibility?
If you added, removed or changed layer order this can affect layer comp visibility when previewing a smart object.
I've never gone this hardcore with multiple linked layer comps inside a master PSD - does it make a difference if they are embeded instead of linked?
yes, the order , name and visibility are all same . Weirdly when I save file1 with another name and even add an extra adjustment layer there : File2.psd the master PSD recognize layercomps inside that "saved as" and edited file just fine , no problem at all. But when I relink to a file4 which I created from scatch and having all same naming , order and visibility structure the masterPSD looses all connections to file 4 layercomps.
I wonder why, is there any document data , maybe in metadata that makes it work with another copy of same file created by "save as" but doesn't work with a document done from scratch?
ps. no difference embedded or linked , it works same ,
ps2. Well, I changed evrything in file2: order , size , extra layercomps, extar layers, visibiility. And it works inside master PSD just fine. So it looks like there is no problem at all if you relink to a file "saved as" from the original file1. Still never works with a new file created from scratch that I need really.
So what's this unique thing that makes Photoshop recognize a "saved as" file?
ps3. When I delete layercomps in that saved as file2 and create them again it stops working for master PSd. So my guess those layercomps have a kind of unique ID or something and this is only matter and a layercomp name is not that ID. The id is not shown but being recognised in master PSD . Wonder if it could be a workaround , maybe through scripting or something that could copy those things to an new file. Perhaps I should use color tags instead or something?
Its could be because your layer comp history didnt change in the link to the master when you save as. Even though you renamed, the connection is maintained.
When you create a whole new document, you will always have to establish the layer comp visibility the first time. There is no history in the connection contained with the new document.
What you are asking for could be a good feature request. You should post your idea in the forum.
Where is appropriate place to post a feature request now? I have so many, 🙂 I recall there was a special site for that but seems nobody really visited it among Adobe devs
This is now the right forum - just post under 'Ideas' rather than 'Discussions'