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Is it possible to make the name of combined layers the bottom one's?

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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Sorry for the bad English in the title. What I mean is, for example I have 3 layers

top - Edit 2

mid - Edit

bot - Main layer with a name that makes sense

When I combine them together, the name of the combined layer becomes "Edit 2". Is it possible to make it the bottom one with a setting? Maybe with an action? 

(just to be clear, it is not always 3 layers and the names are not "Edit, Edit2" etc.)

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Adobe Community Professional , May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021
To you can automate that process with a Photoshop Script, Action can not use logic to see the Layer names  that are being merged and rename the merged layer name to what you want based on the former layer names.  Script can use the required logic to do what you wan to automate.

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Adobe Community Professional , May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021
The previous script ran in approx. 6.7 seconds to run on a random set of 3 layers stacked. The new code below took approx. 4 seconds for the same 3 layers. It's still a less than ideal hack though... A better coder than me should be able to make this much faster. Can somebody upgrade my code? EDIT: It appears that the best/common way is to temporarily group the selected layers, then do something with the group (rather than with a new doc as my second script uses). /* Select all requi...

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Contributor , May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021
I think making it run in 2 steps is a bad idea because purpose of the script is making it work with single click, and seamless if possible.  And, it is indeed possible. With some external help as well, I managed to write this. It works without opening SO (which I didn't like), but it can be a bit slower with bigger files (very little tho). I personally prefer this.   /* Create a new smart object with the bottom layer's name Gökhan Şimşek - 7.5.21 v1.1 */ #target photoshop var myDoc = app.ac...

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Adobe Community Professional , May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021
I modified the get selected layers  code I posted to create the smart object layer,  As the cods stands the Smart object layer  name will be the bottom not the top name.  However, there is code that is commented out.  That code would make the layer name the list of merged layers. app.activeDocument.suspendHistory('makeSmartObject','main()'); function main() { try { var selectedLayers = get_selected_layers_id(); var Names = (get_layer_by_id(selectedLayers[0]).name); /* var Names = ""...

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 05, 2021 Aug 05, 2021
sTT = stringIDToTypeID; (ref = new ActionReference()).putEnumerated (sTT('layer'), sTT('ordinal'), sTT('targetEnum')); (dsc = new ActionDescriptor()).putReference(sTT('null'), ref) executeAction(sTT('linkSelectedLayers'), dsc) with((actveDcmnt = activeDocument).activeLayer) nme = linkedLayers.pop().name, merge() actveDcmnt.activeLayer.name = nme or: (aD = activeDocument).suspendHistory('', ''), aHS = aD.activeHistoryState sTT = stringIDToTypeID, dsc = new ActionDescriptor(), arr = ['back...

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 07, 2021 Aug 07, 2021
I did not see the simplest way - to get the name of the 1st target layer and assign it after convert to SO. function main() { var s2t = stringIDToTypeID; (tr = new ActionReference).putProperty(s2t('property'), p = s2t('targetLayersIDs')); tr.putEnumerated(s2t('document'), s2t('ordinal'), s2t('targetEnum')); (lr = new ActionReference).putProperty(s2t('property'), n = s2t('name')); lr.putIdentifier(s2t('layer'), executeActionGet(tr).getList(p).getReference(0).getIdentifier(s2t('layerID')));...

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Aug 07, 2021 Aug 07, 2021

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It is fast when there are 10 layers but when the numbers become 100+, you feel the difference 😕 

I honestly have no idea how yours work, but mine is basically create 2 arrays with for then compare them to find difference. And since it is a loop, it gets slower with more layers. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 07, 2021 Aug 07, 2021

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I did not see the simplest way - to get the name of the 1st target layer and assign it after convert to SO.

 

function main() {
	var s2t = stringIDToTypeID;

	(tr = new ActionReference).putProperty(s2t('property'), p = s2t('targetLayersIDs'));
	tr.putEnumerated(s2t('document'), s2t('ordinal'), s2t('targetEnum'));

	(lr = new ActionReference).putProperty(s2t('property'), n = s2t('name'));
	lr.putIdentifier(s2t('layer'), executeActionGet(tr).getList(p).getReference(0).getIdentifier(s2t('layerID')));
	var nm = executeActionGet(lr).getString(n)

	executeAction(s2t('newPlacedLayer'), undefined, DialogModes.NO);

	(r = new ActionReference()).putEnumerated(s2t("layer"), s2t("ordinal"), s2t("targetEnum"));
	(d = new ActionDescriptor()).putReference(s2t("null"), r);
	(d1 = new ActionDescriptor()).putString(s2t("name"), nm);
	d.putObject(s2t("to"), s2t("layer"), d1);
	executeAction(s2t("set"), d, DialogModes.NO);
}

app.activeDocument.suspendHistory("Smart Obj Script", "main()");

 

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That is surely the fastest method, but it is too obvious 😉

I like much more slower but unconventional soutions 😄

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Its been a while so I am not %100 sure, but I remember I couldn't find a way to get that bottom layer's name (and I believe all answers above use some kind of trick as well)

But if it is possible, it would be indeed the fastest and simplest. 

To be honest I couldn't understand how your code does that, but looks like it works and it is enough to make me happy : ) 

Thanks! 

(we will have to most correct answers award haha : )

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It's easy. Action Manager as opposed to DOM reads layers from the most bottom.

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I tried up to 10 layers, so you probably are right. That might be slower for hundreds items.

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