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Layers workflow (hide layers, show selected)

Enthusiast ,
Feb 26, 2023 Feb 26, 2023

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I'm working on a document which has 100+ layers in 10+ groups. Though I've got a large monitor and my Layers panel is scaled to its full height, still it's rather complicated to manage. I've found an option to hide some layers (never used it before). So, I've got a question.

 

Sample document.

Screenshot_1.png

When I select a group and choose Selected, only its content is visible. Perfect!

Screenshot_2.png

 

BUT! If a group contains other group(s) and they were closed, I can't open and see their content.

(Layers 6,7,8 are invisible, though their group is inside Group 1).

Screenshot_3.png

Is it a bug or is this how it's supposed to work?! I don't see the logic and convenience.

Why do I have to open all the groups before selecting the main one?

 

Make it work properly with the groups & subgroups.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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I didn't find this setting. If it doesn't exist, the topic should be moved to the Ideas section.

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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This is how it's supposed to work. It's not really for working on your file. It's more for finding your layer that is burried somewhere in groups (especially when they don't have actual names). I don't recommend using it for what you are trying to do. I often have a mess of layers and lots of groups as well and wind up making larger groups to hold the smaller ones. My example: I do 2 page digital scrapbooking spreads. I'll have a group for left page and one for right page. Inside of those groups I have groups for the background, photos and embellishments. Maybe you can map something like that onto your workflow. I'm hoping your screenshot is just an example... YOU NEED TO NAME YOUR LAYERS! Yes, I'm shouting. 

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Online Courses Author | Fine Artist><br />Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Community Expert ,
Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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I didn't find this setting. If it doesn't exist, the topic should be moved to the Ideas section.


By @Ivan Zajats

 

Please do make a separate "ideas" feature request post, linking back to this topic.

 

I'll add my vote!

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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I DO NAME, don't worry. The problem is not in the naming or grouping, but in the NUMBER of layers. If I preserve all of them visible, I have to scroll too much. As I remember, there's a similar feature in After Effects ("shy" layers) which hides them for SAVING SPACE, not for search or smth. I don't see any logic behind NOT showing the contents of the subgroups. So it looks like a bug, IMHO.

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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... and then a moderator will wake up, merge them both and make a mess 🙂 I've seen this many times here.

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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Haha, OK, I'll see if a moderator can just reassign this topic to an "idea" then...

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Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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When I select a group and choose Selected, only its content is visible. 

By @Ivan Zajats

 

 

When you apply a Layer Filter of "Selected", then only the selected layers are visible. That's how filters for layers work, and it is not a bug.

 

Have you tried multiple selecting layers before applying the filter?

 

Jane

 

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 27, 2023 Feb 27, 2023

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Am I discussing single layers? With layers it works fine. The problem occurs with groups & subgroups.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 28, 2023 Feb 28, 2023

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Exactly - it's meant for layers, not groups.

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Online Courses Author | Fine Artist><br />Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Feb 28, 2023 Feb 28, 2023

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I made it an idea 🙂

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Online Courses Author | Fine Artist><br />Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 28, 2023 Feb 28, 2023

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@melissapiccone thanks 🙂 I don't see any reason why it can't work properly with the groups

@Stephen_A_Marsh you can vote now

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Feb 28, 2023 Feb 28, 2023

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