Photoshop: Add custom colors for colour coding layers and groups

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Wouldn't it be great to be able to use more colours than the 7 defaults for colour coding layers and groups? They're a great way (along with proper naming) to organise complex documents, but having only seven default colours to choose from means they start to become duplicated which pretty much defeats the purpose.

Would be really useful to have the ability (much like with Indesign and Illustrator) to use a wider palette of colours to colour code layers and groups.
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Rian Magee

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Cristen Gillespie

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This topic keeps coming up and they keep ignoring it. Do so few of us use colors to help stay organized that they don't think adding more colors worth the effort? It does seem like it should be a JDI. This has my vote.
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Where are the other topics here that ask for this feature? I did a search and couldn't find any other requests.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I can't answer for  this forum—I haven't been here that long— but I've seen it come up before in places that Adobe is said to have some presence  and is reading the messages. It was most talked about when the Layers panel was being enhanced through a few versions (imo, one of the best things Adobe has ever done) as one of the omissions, and something that could be a JDI. I've sporadically seen comments since then in various forums.

I'm afraid many of us, myself included, have a tendency to ask occasionally, then give up, and only think about it again when someone else mentions it. It's not like it's a major stumbling block to our workflow. I don't know from the forums I do visit that many people know they should come here with their feature requests, or that they can vote if they come here. It's one more time sink to many people. I keep telling people, but. . .

Which is also why I asked if perhaps not enough of us use the feature, or feel enough pain over it, since other JDIs (what seem to us should be JDIs), come up more often. For instance, Path and Color Sampler legibility, imo, is more important, since not being able to see the path easily or find the color sampler again is a pain point.

With so many big features and big issues to deal with, I honestly don't expect Adobe to be able to get around to most of our JDI-type features anytime in the near future. Just that they've got a list tacked on the hallway so someone with an afternoon to spare can grab one of the more minor features like this one and enhance it.  Yeah, even a spare afternoon is probably asking for a lot, but hopefully not the impossible. <BG>
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New version of CC photoshop  need double amount of color in layer labels at least... Add: Light blue, Dark blue, Pink, brown, red, wine, light grey, dark grey, light green, dark green, black, white, yello... / or, better way is  optional color choosen from colorpallete...Thanks...! 
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Especially annoying that this exact feature is already implemented in Guides where users are offered 9 defaults and a "custom" option on top of that. I just cannot understand Adobe's priorities at all anymore.
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Isaac Rifley

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Hear Hear!
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Rian Magee

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Its a feature that already exists in illustrator, (and to a degree indesign) which is what confuses me as to how Adobe go about developing/testing their software. Features that would, or should be included in the entire suite seem to get overlooked or altered between products without much reason. Even simple things like inconsistencies in keyboard shortcuts (granted those can be changed).


I won't really be holding my breath for this feature to appear, but maybe if it doesn't in the next major cc update a petition wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Isaac Rifley

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Yeah, it doesn't seem like that would take much effort, as a custom plugin I use for my brushes actually already HAS this kind of feature, and at the very least, I don't see what it would hurt to automatically include minor functions like this in all versions of all CC products...
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Filip Černý

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Colored Layers.

The option of multiple colors in the Layers palette. Seven colors are not enough. The ability to mark a layer with more colors will be appreciated by all who work with a lot of layers... for example add -custom color...    Thank you very much for everybody.
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Filip Černý

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MAKE IT!! please
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Rian Magee

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For any of you that haven't yet, can you please give the post an up-vote and spread the word :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC: PLEASE add more layer tag colors (and/or custom option).

It would be great to have more than the 7 default layer tag colors available. As a designer I really need to able to organize my layers/groups with more colors.

This is long overdue in mho :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Brighter Layer panel color labels.

Right now in Photoshop when you right-click and assign a color to a layer it gives only somewhat subdued, drab versions of the colors. I assume this was done because it fits the rest of the layout/scheme, but this is putting form over function. I need brighter colors to work with many layers to avoid fatigue from searching.
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Isaac Rifley

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Not to mention:  The lack in variety leads to confusion and difficulty when trying to differentiate between specific layers.
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Yes, it would be great to be able to bring up the Color Picker and set custom Layer Colors.  Perhaps the controls could be in the Panel Options under Thumbnail Size and Thumbnail Contents with any custom colors set there becoming available in the Layer Pop-Up menu along with the existing colors.  Taking it a step further, it would be nice if the default name for the custom color was generated automatically based on the color selection (similar to how After Effects names Solid layers based on the color set for the solid). 
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