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Reference layer

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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I would like a "reference layer" feature in the desktop version of Photoshop. Fresco already has it and it works great, but I would also like this feature in the desktop version of Photoshop, which I mainly work with every day. I have been waiting for this feature for years.

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Engaged ,
Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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Describe how it looks like.

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Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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I agree Ivan, not everybody knows how features of other apps work:

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-ideas/how-do-i-write-a-feature-request/idi-p/1238...

 

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Engaged ,
Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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yep. when I need a reference, I just put it on a new layer and that's it 🙂

But the topicstarter is a painter, I guess, and needs smth completely different.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 01, 2022 Dec 01, 2022

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Sorry about this. I'm an illustrator and I work a lot with line drawings. Adobe fresco has a feature where you can change the drawing's line layer to Reference layer. After the change, you can drop colors onto the new layer, but the colors remain behind the line and on their own layer. Thus, you can work with lines on their own layer and colors on their own layer.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 01, 2022 Dec 01, 2022

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Sorry I was unclear in my post. Most drawing programs include this function. For example, Fresco, Clip Studio Paint, Procreate etc.

The reference layer speeds up the workflow when you can drop the colors behind the drawn lines. You don't have to color every little spot separately. The reference layer keeps the lines on its own level and the colors of the drawing come to a new level under the reference layer.

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