Photoshop: Adjustment layers with parent/child relationship

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It would be nice if we could create adjustment layers which are children of another parent adjustment layer and they adjust when the parent layer is adjusted, so that multiple layers can be adjusted the same way based on a single, parent adjustment layer no matter where they are in the stack of layers. Each child could be set to only affect a single layer below it or all layers below it. It would have it's own independent mask which does not link to the parent mask.

So, let's say I'm working on a layout and I have a theme color of blue on black. The client wants to see more color options instead of blue. We'll, I can set one parent adjustment layer, along with one child adjustment layer for each of the blue elements, and I can change all the elements at the same time with one control rather than trying to make the exact same adjustment on each layer separately, or copy/pasting multiple times.
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Howard Pinsky, Champion

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This is a good idea. I can actually see how this can be useful in our daily design workflow.
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You could lend your supply the by hitting the +1-button.
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I often need to have several versions of a file contained within the file. These versions often have adjustment layers that are identical in their adjustments, but need to be contained in groups that have different masks.

It would be great if I could make changes to one layer, and have those changes automatically update in the other. Kind of like an adjustment layer smart object.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Instance Adjustment Layers.