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Reference layer for Photoshop (desktop)

Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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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. Photoshop is my main illustration tool, which I mainly work with every day.


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. You can work with lines on their own layer and colors on their own layer.


Fresco - Reference layer - https://helpx.adobe.com/fresco/using/layers.html

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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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Enthusiast ,
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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Enthusiast ,
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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Community Beginner ,
Mar 28, 2024 Mar 28, 2024

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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. Photoshop is my main illustration tool, which I mainly work with every day.


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. You can work with lines on their own layer and colors on their own layer.


Fresco - Reference layer - https://helpx.adobe.com/fresco/using/layers.html

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 05, 2024 Apr 05, 2024

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@CoryShubert Thank you for your message. I meant the desktop version of photoshop. I have been waiting for years for the reference layer to arrive in the desktop version of Photoshop. Here are a couple of sample images of the reference layer of Adobe Fresco, reference layer of Procreate and reference layer of Clipstudio.

 

 

 

fresco.jpg

 

 

 

 

procreate.jpg

 

 

 

ClipStudio.jpg

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Apr 19, 2024 Apr 19, 2024

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@Pikkujekku 

 

You posted the same request in three different boards. I've merged them into the same thread. Please continue the discussion here and do not start a fourth thread elsewhere. Thank you!

 

Jane

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