Photoshop: Layer "Badges" for parametric effects/changes (Blend If, etc)

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I use the Blend If sliders all the time - but when I close the d-log I have no idea if I have applied them unless I open up the Advanced Blend options to check. It would be GREAT if there was a signifier (even a tiny one) that showed i the Blend If sliders had been adjusted.

Please note: I understand that the layers panel already has a lot of icons on it...but Blend If needs to be more visible and/or discoverable.
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Posted 8 years ago

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absolutely needs to be done. maybe just the layer effect icon b/c its in the same dialogue box?
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I'm referring to the badges in Lightroom's grid view to indicate edits that have been made to a file. I'd like a similar icon approach applied to parametric effects on Layers and Masks.

For instance, in spite of good housekeeping for naming layers and folders I'm still very dependent on adjustment layer and mask icons to scan a layer stack to get an overview on the kind of work done on a file.

It simply doesn't go far enough. As a photographer/retoucher I don't make extensive use of Layer Effects, but I do use Advanced Blending Options a lot. Why no fx icon when they are invoked? Similarly, I'd love to be able to tell which layers had opacity or fill reduced, and which masks may have been edited parametrically (density, feather, edge, etc).

When you have a file with 30+ layers it would be very handy to ascertain which layers may be compromised by unseen effects without having to select each one, go into it's layer effect and masks panel, etc. Badges/icons would make the task so much easier.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Layer "Badges" for parametric effects/changes.
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I merged these two topics as they were similar enough.
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Scott Mahn

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Thanks Jeffrey.
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Charles Badland

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I guess I'll repost some Photoshop Feature Requests here at Photoshop.com-

My periodic request to have an icon in the Layers Panel to indicate if "Blend If" Blending Option is active. It is playing detective to track a "Blend If" setting down. It would be nice to have an indication not only if "Blend If" Gray, but "Blend If" R,G and/or B as well. Very frustrating if you use "Blend If" a lot.


This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop Feature Request: Layer Panel Indication if Blend If is active..
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Thanks to whoever moved this to Katrin's thread.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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That was me. Thanks for the screen shot.
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Mama Shan Canfield

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Great point and idea!
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edward.caruso

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to Adobe - is this still not "under consideration" yet?
seems quite important to alot of users - even if they dont know how to use blend if yet
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Sorry, we're kind of busy writing code...
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
Implemented in Photoshop CS6:

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Yes! Thanks so much for implementing this.