Photoshop: "Merge Layers" on subset of adjustment layers

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Make it possible to merge only a few adjustment layers into the base layer at a given time.

Currently, if a layer has adjustment layers, it is only possible to collapse the all of the adjustment layers into the base layer at one time.

It would be nice if a user could select some subset of the adjustment layers to merge with the original layer at a given time.

Example.

▼adj layer A
▼adj layer B
▼adj layer C
-base layer

If would be nice if you could merge, say, A and C without destroying or applying B.

▼adj layer A

▼adj layer B
-base layer with layers A and C merged into it.
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rory lutter

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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I see exactly what's going on. In Photoshop, when you have more than one layer selected, the top-most layer has the distinction of being the "Most-Selected-Layer" - meaning that when the layers are merged, they are pushed into the "Most-Selected-Layer's" slot (and inherit that layer's name and properties). In this case, it becomes a no-op because the layers that are clipped wouldn't have a layer to be clipped to anymore.

The workaround is to select "adj layer C" alone and hit ctrl + e to merge down. Then change the z-order so "adj layer A" is directly above the base layer and hit ctrl + e to merge down.