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Solo layer in Photoshop

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Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

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Does Photoshop lack the ability to "solo" a layer (or layers, by soloing more than one)? I do much more video editing and use this feature in After Effects hourly. I know, the workaround is to hide all the layers but the one I'm interested in. But to do a true A/B I stare at the spot on the screen and just click my mouse 3-5x. If I have to look away and click 8-12 layer switches it impacts my effectiveness.

 

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- DK

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Community Expert , Mar 30, 2022 Mar 30, 2022

Hi, Alt+click on the eye icon to hide or show all other layers.

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Hi, Alt+click on the eye icon to hide or show all other layers.

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Feb 15, 2023 Feb 15, 2023

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It is just stop working in latest 2023 photoshop. Is it only my issue, or a widely spread bug?
EDIT: my fault, I had quick mask switched on .. 😄

 

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Another solution is to assign a keyboard  shortcut to Select> Isolate Layer.

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Apr 01, 2022 Apr 01, 2022

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Brilliant, thank you! I can't believe this didn't come up during my extensive search for an answer. I must not have been using the best keywords. Thanks again.

- DK

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Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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Super, I'm changing this feature request to a question thread.

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Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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@DKins wrote:

Does Photoshop lack the ability to "solo" a layer (or layers, by soloing more than one)


 

If you need to hide / show more than one layer — and then do it repeatedly — there is another feature in Photoshop that may also work for you. You can create multiple Layer Comps that will remember the visibility of layers and you can toggle between the layer comp states.

(Window menu > Layer Comps)

 

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Details here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/layer-comps.html

 

Layer Comps can also keep track of position and effects if you check those boxes, but you didn't ask about those.

 

Jane

 

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Does Photoshop lack the ability to "solo" a layer (or layers, by soloing more than one)? I do much more video editing and use this feature in After Effects hourly. I know, the workaround is to hide all the layers but the one I'm interested in. But to do a true A/B I stare at the spot on the screen and just click my mouse 3-5x. If I have to look away and click 8-12 layer switches it impacts my effectiveness.

 

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Not everyone uses After Effects so please explain what you mean more clearly and post meaningful screenshots. 

 

alt-clicking a Layer’s visibility-icon in the Layers Panel will hide/show the other visible Layer, but I am not sure that’s what you mean. 

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Hi. Option/Alt + Click on the eye icon on the Layers panel.

 

Marlon Ceballos.

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I used this for long years, but now it stopped working.. Is it a bug or a feature? 😕
EDIT: my fault, I had quickmask switched on 🙂

 

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