Photoshop: "Place Multiple" Command

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I would like to select multiple layers in the layers panel and use the place command to create copies of the placed image above each of the selected layers. Currently I "place" and "duplicate layer" and drag for each layer that I am working with.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Couple of ideas that may help you presently. You can drag multiple files from Bridge/Mini Bridge or the finder to an open document and it will place each of the files into the document. Additionally, a script could be created to do what you want.
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Thanks Jeff, I'm not sure we're on the same page. I'm not looking to drag multiple items, but rather have multiple copies of the "place" selection distributed above the multiple layers I have highlighted in the layers panel. BTW, I'm sort of a novice at this.

I have a wall with multiple clipping masks. Each clipping mask represents a canvas. I'd like to introduce an image with the Place command that would then fill each clipping mask with the appropriate section of the "placed" image. The end result would be a multiple canvas depiction of the placed image. What some call a split canvas display.

Maybe a script is exactly what I need. I just thought that if i selected multiple layers and then "Place", it would be logical to place copies above each selected layer. My friends warn me about thinking logically. :-)

Thanks again for your reply.
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Yup, not sure we're following each other. So, are the layers you want to 'place' that are selected in the document already placed files/Smart Objects?

If they are already placed/Smart Objects, does the command Layer>Smart Objects>New Smart Object via Copy do what you expect?
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Thanks Jeff for your time.

Maybe Place Multiple should be Place Copies. What I am placing is a .jpg file from a library. I select the layer that has the clipping mask and "place" creates a layer containing the .jpg image above the selected layer. I then cntl+alt+g to enable the clipping mask. There's some moving and resizing too, but I think that's irrelevant.

When I'm working with more than one clipping mask, each one on a separate layer (like a stack of clipping masks), but only one .jpg file per the place, it would be convenient to have a copy of the place created .jpg layer inserted above every clipping mask layer that I have selected.

As things are now I duplicate the .jpg layer and drag it to a position above the next clipping mask layer in the series and then enable the mask.

The clipping masks reside in a .psd file from a third party.

This is not a show stopper and it may not be something that others find of use.

And again, I'm a novice at this and I hope I'm using the correct terminology.
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I think you will have to make the original arrangement yourself – once that is set up all Smart Object-instances can be changed to new content in one go, but the positioning is up to you.

If there is a definitive relation of placed SO to Clipping Mask-base one might be able to automate duplicating and resizing/moving the SO (if the intended bases can be unambiguously identified) with a Script, but that hardly seems worth the trouble unless that third party sends you new files of that nature very often.

And, as so often, posting a screenshot might have made your issue clearer.