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Sun, Dec 18, 2011 2:15 PM

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Photoshop: Ability to edit/move/transform on several layers at the same time with an active selection

This is something that would really be helpful. The ability to select objects inside your lasso tool selection that are on multiple layers. You could select the layers you want and photoshop could move and manipulate the objects inside your selection that are on those layers.Why would this useful. Well at work I have alot of elements composed together to create a single portion of the image. It would great to be able to edit these pieces as a whole without having to flatten the image or dissect each element into its on layer. I know people I work with wanted this ability to and I hope others out there might feel its useful for their work flow as well. Thanks for listening.

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62 Points

a year ago

My company just upgraded from CC 2016 to 2019. In the previous version I could use the Lasso or Marquis tool to select an area and move, transform or edit the selection on multiple layers. In the current version I cannot, or the appropriate tool or control is hidden or buried. 
I wonder why Adobe thinks this is such a small deal that they simply throw away a feature that more than a few artists use constantly...it's not like there aren't other programs anymore.

Adobe Administrator

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This has never been a possible in any version of Photoshop.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Both of you may be right. Please demo or explain better what you mean, Sidhecat. Well, I guess you are now without PS 2016...

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Active selections can interact with Layers for merged references like Copy Merged or using the Clone Stamp tool, but not for nudging pixels on a layer that requires working with one Layer at a time

 It's also worth noting that a move done with a Selection is moving the pixels on the Layer and not moving the Layer itself.

To move or transform multiple layers requires having more than one layer targeted in the Layers Panel, having layers in a Layer Group, or having Layers linked.  Edits using selections made with the Lasso Tool or the Marquis Tool is a different kind of edit.

// Warren Heaton, ACP/UGM/AEL

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114 Points

10 months ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Move multiple objects from several layers with one selection?.

Hello!
Long story short, I use PS mostly for Digital Painting. And very ofter I need to move something quickly to see how it will look, and there is no problem if everything is flattened. But for example if I want to maintain for example 10 layers editable, but move only 1 part from all of the 10 layers it's a problem.  At the moment I need to select things on 1 layer, move it, go to second layer, move it accordingly, go to third etc.

What about making it possible to move certain parts from several layers at the same time?
I have 3 linearts on one layer, 3 silhouette backdrops for 3 linearts, several small details on another layer. I lasso the only object I want to move, select the layers involved, and just move the object without cutting anything etc. 

Same could work for transform. I select a thing, select layers, and do a transform and all selected layers are affected.

I hope I made the idea clear :P

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154 Points

10 months ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add multilayer cut.

Please enable the multilayer cut/copy/move. For example, if I choose one or more layer groups and select certain area and drag it, objects of all layers in the group(s) included in the area move at the same time.

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242 Points

5 months ago

I would usually just open the image in Paint tool sai and do the modification with that, but recently I've started using better color profiles for my arts, so PTS doesn't accept those.. So now I've gotta jerk around doing it the long way with PS.. I hope they at least fix this by 2021..

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This is a feature request, not a bug report, so »fix« is the wrong word in this context

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242 Points

PS has been around for what, 20+ years now.. And has started raking in money by the bucketloads since they no longer allow their program to be outright purchased.. Paint tool sai is a relatively cheap program with a one time purchase of  just under 70$, one dev, and PTS has that feature. This expensive program with a team of devs still lacks this BASIC feature, I'd surely call that broken..

But just the logic and mechanics of it in general, I wouldn't really call it a 'feature'. If i have multiple layers selected, and I make a selection, why in the F would I want to move everything on all the selected layers? Why am I even making a selection at that point... This kind of behavior I'd expect out of PS 15-20 years ago, but not now..

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The word »broken« has a meaning and it it does not correctly describe this situation. 
Indubitably Photoshop has bugs but just calling any of its features that do not fit your tastes »broken« is not reasonable. 

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I sort of understand your frustration Shane. I understand atleast where your coming from as an artist working in entertainment industry who draws/paints using photoshop for a living it really is the best tool for selection, filters, editing in general but lags behind tremendously for drawing features for artist and non-photographers for years now. But i have hope that perhaps they will eventually add these features for drawers or maybe other software will catch up to photoshop's editing capabilities. Procreate currently is my favorite and I think is a great example! Clip studio is close as well for desktop.

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242 Points

"features that do not fit your tastes"

Again, not really a feature, so much as an essential mechanic for artists. I just had to save a selection, then reuse it on literally 15 different layers, making sure to make the exact same rotation on each layer, then make a new saved selection and do the process all over again to move the selection.. I still have to repeat this again just to move the selection a tiny bit to the left.. Like, an hour of work on a tiny task that should have taken me no more than a minute.. This isn't just some tiny quirk that only affects me. This is a massive oversight that affects probably most artists that use the program.

"Procreate currently is my favorite and I think is a great example! Clip studio is close as well for desktop"

Thank you for the suggestions, and I will likely look into them at some point, but tbh I try to avoid using new programs as often as I can when I already have an established program for the use. Mostly because of how much the learning curve often puts me behind or puts me off (of doing art for a while, for example), because I find there's nothing more frustrating than trying to do something that feels so basic, but not being able to do it.

Honestly, it took me a while to migrate to PS from PTS. I just liked PTS because of how basic it is, but I couldn't ignore the fact that PS has 100ish times the features.

I did just think of a better way to word it though. The feature (multiple layer selection) feels broken because it lacks that very basic and seemingly obvious mechanic. I mean, did they not think of that when they were testing the program? Like, "I can select multiple layers, I can make a selection, why can I make a selection at all if it affects nothing with multiple layers selected...

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You may call it a »function« or »operation« (or maybe something else) if you don’t like the word »feature« here but it is still not broken just because you want it to be different. 

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At this point, I feel like you're just trolling, please begone. I'm sure there's some young maiden crossing over a bridge somewhere for you to kidnap (or w.e else it is that you trolls do when not trying to make life difficult for people on the internet).

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While to me it seems that you are unwilling to accept that it is not up to you alone to define the meaning of words. 

Feel free to report my posts if you think they violate Forum standards. 

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242 Points

Or you could just not be a two watt, just sayin..

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5 months ago

So on a side note for those interested in selecting multiple objects on different layers within a lasso tool. Sergey Kritskiy has yet again done alot of innovation for tools artist really need in their workflow. I really wish this guy would work for adobe! Check out layer factory. It's pretty great I use it all the time and it has CHANGED the game for me for selecting things on multiple layers. Saves me so much time.


https://layer-factory.readthedocs.io/en/latest/multimove/index.html#multilayermove

It's 13 dollars on gumroad.https://gumroad.com/kritskiy

Enjoy

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5 months ago

I thought this script could do it too...? (and much more)
Pepperbox  |  With Pepperbox you can change multiple layers with single click in previously unthinkable cases.  http://pepperbox.bereza.cz/?ref=mg  $15