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Fri, Jul 20, 2018 1:39 PM

Photoshop: Why do images loaded default to being named 'Layer 1' now instead of 'Layer 0'?

Opening png files now defaults setting the layer as 'Layer 1', and it used to be 'Layer 0'.  This change has broken all of my Actions that rely on selecting 'Layer 0'.

Why has this been done?

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Hi Adam,

Something isn't quite adding up right here.  When you open a PNG file, you're supposed to get a flattened image with only a single layer, "Background".  When and how are you seeing something different?

Thanks,
David 

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When the PNG file is transparent. It doesn't have a background.

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The png files I'm using have transparency.  Should also point out I'm using the latest update on PS CC 2018.

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And I'm seeing the same as you with my PNG files. It hasn't mattered since I don't run actions on them, but if I did. . .

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Hi Adam,

So, I asked around and the new naming is intentional to make things more consistent and logical across the app -- layer 0 is for a converted background layer, something a PNG doesn't have.

Thanks,
David

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Thanks for clarifying that David.  I fixed it by simply adding a first step to all of my actions that renames the layer to 'Layer 0' so that the actions work as planned.

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>So, I asked around and the new naming is intentional to make things more consistent and logical across the app -- layer 0 is for a converted background layer, something a PNG doesn't have.>
Ahhh, all the unintended consequences. . . <BG> And a consideration only a programmer would have. Up until now I merely thought that Layer 0 meant the file had no Background layer , not that it had to be converted from a Background layer.  Silly me.   '-}

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But... EVERY image file is CONVERTED to be displayed as a layer. A RAW file or a PNG or a JPG (etc), it doesn't matter, they all have to be converted to be displayed and none of them are a background layer while they are in their file. So why any one of these file types are chosen to be labelled "layer 0" while others are called "layer 1" is peculiar and unnecessary reasoning. It wasn't broken and it shouldn't have been changed. Thanks for playing find the bug.